Design: Not a Number Architects, Photo © Athina Souli

The site of the project is at the heart of a 10 acre sloped park landscaped to accommodate various recreational and leisure activities and function as the focal point of the wider Domes of Elounda development.

The project consists of individual but similar pavilions that make up space for boutiques, souvenir shops, food and beverage outlets but also gallery spaces for local artists and designers.
Design: Not a Number Architects, Photo © Athina Souli

Design: Not a Number Architects, Photo © Athina Souli

“The volumes sit on a grid-like arrangement with new vegetation planted in-between them”.

Design: Not a Number Architects, Photo © Athina Souli

Transparency of the volumes and more than one entrance on each of the pavilions facing at different directions aim in blending indoor with outdoor experience of the space.
Design: Not a Number Architects, Photo © Athina Souli

“The otherwise metal-framed pavilions are anchored on concrete pedestals and are clad entirely with tinted wooden elements”.

Design: Not a Number Architects, Photo © Athina Souli

“The characteristic skin of the pavilions is made of plywood lamellas in a woven pattern that reflects traditional basket weaving techniques”.

Design: Not a Number Architects, Photo © Athina Souli

Design: Not a Number Architects, Photo © Athina Souli

Design: Not a Number Architects, Photo © Athina Souli

This wooden façade functions as the binding element of the whole complex but also as a vertical sun shading device for every structure.
Design: Not a Number Architects, Photo © Athina Souli

The uniformity of the skin is interrupted by large windows that frame the products on display. At night the volumes light up like lanterns that illuminate the surrounding pathways in the park.
Design: Not a Number Architects, Photo © Athina Souli

Facts & Credits:

Project title: Core Agora, Project type: Pavilions, Location: Elounda – Crete – Greece, Client: Domes of Elounda, Design: Not a Number Architects, Design team: Ermis Adamantidis – Dominiki Dadatsi – Pavlos Symianakis, Landscape design: Fytron landscapes, Graphic design: Semiotik design agency, Area: 2000 m², Completion Year: 2019, Text description: Not a Number Architects , Photography: Athina Souli