Exterior view of Kyslapothiki in Piraeus Greece, Museum and Workshop of Archaeological findings from Athens Metro Line 3 extension, Attiko Metro S.A. / Ephorate of Antiquities of Piraeus | Photo © Pygmalion Karatzas
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The building was designed as part of a comprehensive project by the Ministry of Public Works to formulate an Archaeological Park in the Urban Gates of ancient Piraeus. The overall architectural study was commissioned in 2003 after a 1st prize distinction at a Panhellenic Architectural Competition to a team coordinated by Professor of NTUA Vasilis Ganiatsas.

The aim of the study was an overall architectural design depicting the vibrant relationship between monuments and the form and function of the modern city.
Exterior view of Kyslapothiki in Piraeus Greece, Museum and Workshop of Archaeological findings from Athens Metro Line 3 extension, Attiko Metro S.A. / Ephorate of Antiquities of Piraeus | Photo © Pygmalion Karatzas

Exterior view of Kyslapothiki in Piraeus Greece, Museum and Workshop of Archaeological findings from Athens Metro Line 3 extension, Attiko Metro S.A. / Ephorate of Antiquities of Piraeus | Photo © Pygmalion Karatzas

Exterior view of Kyslapothiki in Piraeus Greece, Museum and Workshop of Archaeological findings from Athens Metro Line 3 extension, Attiko Metro S.A. / Ephorate of Antiquities of Piraeus | Photo © Pygmalion Karatzas

As so, architectural form consists of essentially three sides which fully integrate the building into the urban grid, while its unique side on Pylis street with the wooden skin refers to lumber yards, characteristic of the region’s recent history.
Exterior view of Kyslapothiki in Piraeus Greece, Museum and Workshop of Archaeological findings from Athens Metro Line 3 extension, Attiko Metro S.A. / Ephorate of Antiquities of Piraeus | Photo © Pygmalion Karatzas

Exterior view of Kyslapothiki in Piraeus Greece, Museum and Workshop of Archaeological findings from Athens Metro Line 3 extension, Attiko Metro S.A. / Ephorate of Antiquities of Piraeus | Photo © Pygmalion Karatzas

Exterior view of Kyslapothiki in Piraeus Greece, Museum and Workshop of Archaeological findings from Athens Metro Line 3 extension, Attiko Metro S.A. / Ephorate of Antiquities of Piraeus | Photo © Pygmalion Karatzas

Exterior view of Kyslapothiki in Piraeus Greece, Museum and Workshop of Archaeological findings from Athens Metro Line 3 extension, Attiko Metro S.A. / Ephorate of Antiquities of Piraeus | Photo © Pygmalion Karatzas

“Besides, it is built at the exact position of such a lumber yard”.

Interior view of Kyslapothiki in Piraeus Greece, Museum and Workshop of Archaeological findings from Athens Metro Line 3 extension, Attiko Metro S.A. / Ephorate of Antiquities of Piraeus | Photo © Pygmalion Karatzas

The Archaeological Service’s department of Piraeus owns the building since 2012 and has done all the necessary steps to make it operational.
Interior view of Kyslapothiki in Piraeus Greece, Museum and Workshop of Archaeological findings from Athens Metro Line 3 extension, Attiko Metro S.A. / Ephorate of Antiquities of Piraeus | Photo © Pygmalion Karatzas

Interior view of Kyslapothiki in Piraeus Greece, Museum and Workshop of Archaeological findings from Athens Metro Line 3 extension, Attiko Metro S.A. / Ephorate of Antiquities of Piraeus | Photo © Pygmalion Karatzas

Interior view of Kyslapothiki in Piraeus Greece, Museum and Workshop of Archaeological findings from Athens Metro Line 3 extension, Attiko Metro S.A. / Ephorate of Antiquities of Piraeus | Photo © Pygmalion Karatzas

Since then, the ground floor and the basement house, a fully equipped temporary storage and conservation lab of the project’s finds as well as the temporary storage and lab of the Tram Extension to Piraeus project.
Interior view of Kyslapothiki in Piraeus Greece, Museum and Workshop of Archaeological findings from Athens Metro Line 3 extension, Attiko Metro S.A. / Ephorate of Antiquities of Piraeus | Photo © Pygmalion Karatzas

Interior view of Kyslapothiki in Piraeus Greece, Museum and Workshop of Archaeological findings from Athens Metro Line 3 extension, Attiko Metro S.A. / Ephorate of Antiquities of Piraeus | Photo © Pygmalion Karatzas

Interior view of Kyslapothiki in Piraeus Greece, Museum and Workshop of Archaeological findings from Athens Metro Line 3 extension, Attiko Metro S.A. / Ephorate of Antiquities of Piraeus | Photo © Pygmalion Karatzas

Interior view of Kyslapothiki in Piraeus Greece, Museum and Workshop of Archaeological findings from Athens Metro Line 3 extension, Attiko Metro S.A. / Ephorate of Antiquities of Piraeus | Photo © Pygmalion Karatzas

“On the building’s lofts have been also held various public events (presentations, theatre play and educational programs)”.

Interior view of Kyslapothiki in Piraeus Greece, Museum and Workshop of Archaeological findings from Athens Metro Line 3 extension, Attiko Metro S.A. / Ephorate of Antiquities of Piraeus | Photo © Pygmalion Karatzas

Interior view of Kyslapothiki in Piraeus Greece, Museum and Workshop of Archaeological findings from Athens Metro Line 3 extension, Attiko Metro S.A. / Ephorate of Antiquities of Piraeus | Photo © Pygmalion Karatzas

Interior view of Kyslapothiki in Piraeus Greece, Museum and Workshop of Archaeological findings from Athens Metro Line 3 extension, Attiko Metro S.A. / Ephorate of Antiquities of Piraeus | Photo © Pygmalion Karatzas

Interior view of Kyslapothiki in Piraeus Greece, Museum and Workshop of Archaeological findings from Athens Metro Line 3 extension, Attiko Metro S.A. / Ephorate of Antiquities of Piraeus | Photo © Pygmalion Karatzas

The building’s position at the entrance of the modern city and its particular architectural form that makes it a landmark for the wider region of Piraeus were the main stimuli for the establishment of an exhibition presenting the parallel evolution of the archaeological excavation process and the large-scale technical project such as the works of Athens Metro construction in Piraeus.
Archaeological preservations, Kyslapothiki in Piraeus Greece, Museum and Workshop of Archaeological findings from Athens Metro Line 3 extension, Attiko Metro S.A. / Ephorate of Antiquities of Piraeus | Photo © Pygmalion Karatzas

Archaeological preservations, Kyslapothiki in Piraeus Greece, Museum and Workshop of Archaeological findings from Athens Metro Line 3 extension, Attiko Metro S.A. / Ephorate of Antiquities of Piraeus | Photo © Pygmalion Karatzas

The project – initially called ‘Museum of the Art and Technology of Ancient Fortifications’ – received a nomination at the 2017 European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture Mies van der Rohe Awards.
Archaeological preservations, Kyslapothiki in Piraeus Greece, Museum and Workshop of Archaeological findings from Athens Metro Line 3 extension, Attiko Metro S.A. / Ephorate of Antiquities of Piraeus | Photo © Pygmalion Karatzas

Archaeological preservations, Kyslapothiki in Piraeus Greece, Museum and Workshop of Archaeological findings from Athens Metro Line 3 extension, Attiko Metro S.A. / Ephorate of Antiquities of Piraeus | Photo © Pygmalion Karatzas

Archaeological preservations, Kyslapothiki in Piraeus Greece, Museum and Workshop of Archaeological findings from Athens Metro Line 3 extension, Attiko Metro S.A. / Ephorate of Antiquities of Piraeus | Photo © Pygmalion Karatzas

Facts & Credits:

Project title: Ksylapothiki | Lumber Yard Museum, Location: Piraeus – Athens – Greece, Client: Hellenic Ministry of Culture / Ephorate of Antiquities of Piraeus, Architectural design team: Vasilis Ganiatsas – Spyros Mountrihas – Yiannis Tsilis – Niki Georgiou – Katerina Kouroumali, Structural engineering: Eleftherios Chrisos, Mechanical engineering: Dimitrios Dalavagkas, Contractors: ΔΕΚΤΩΡ Α.Ε. – ΕΛΕΚΤΡΟΜΕΚ Α.Ε., Completion date: 2016, Photography: Pygmalion Karatzas