“The building is formed on a cubic translucent shape and has been repositioned to a strategical place between the three lakes”.
“Walking closer towards the building the visitor distinguishes a deep recess on the façade, which forms and indicates the main entrance”.
“The interior space gives the impression of a pixelated cave and resemble to the repetitive geometrical ornaments found in Islamic architecture, known as Muqarnas”.
“The platforms are connected with each other and with the ground floor by comfortable ramps”.
“Similar to a bird cage, the building reverses the roles and brings the visitors to the position of the captive and not the captor”.
Panagiotis Dimakidis and Rafail Gkaidatzis are two Greek architects from the Netherlands whose main goal is to envision and transform the urban environment in order to shape a better and more sustainable future for the next generations.
Combining their slightly different academic backgrounds they have been collaborating actively in The Netherlands and abroad in various types of projects. Their professional experience covers a diverse field of projects that vary in scale and typology, ranging from city-level interventions, infrastructure and urban masterplans to installations and pavilion structures.
Panagiotis Dimakidis completed his Master’s studies in 2017 at the Polytechnic University of Turin with a specialization in sustainable design. Since then he has been working for renowned Dutch architectural firms such as RAU architects, KAW and ZJA architects. Since 2016, Panagiotis Dimakidis has contributed on projects such as the recently built bird observatory center in The Netherlands, called ‘T IJ (RAU Architects in collaboration with RO&AD architects) and the project Triango, a new type of office area in Paris (RAU Architects in collaboration with SeArch and Karres+Brands). The latter was distinguished in 2018 with the prestigious International Architecture Award in the mixed-use category.
Rafail Gkaidatzis received his Master’s degree in 2014 from Delft University of Technology with a specialization in the design of sustainable structures. From 2015 he has been working for firms such as the international engineering consulting firm Royal Haskoning DHV and ZJA architects while he maintained a position at Delfts University of Technology as a researcher/ lecturer in the field of bridge design and sustainable structural materials. Additionally, in 2014 Rafail Gkaidatzis received the first prize in a competition for the design and construction of a pedestrian-bicycle bridge in the outskirts of Delft in The Netherlands. The bridge was realized and delivered to the public two years later.
Facts & Credits:
Project title: The Cube, Location: Abu Dhabi, Competition: Architecture competition “Abu Dhabi Flamingo Observation Tower”, Award: 3rd prize, Design team: Panagiotis Dimakidis – Rafail Gkaidatzis