‘Up to 35’ Student Housing Competition





Decomposition [process of breaking a complex problem down into easily-understood and achievable parts] of housing typology on four main spatial elements enables us to recombine them in structures that could respond to all the required conditions on any given micro-location. By defining the nature of relations between these elements we were able to respond to the needs for privacy as well as to improve the quality of public spaces that would allow socialization of local community.



  • units are private standardized spaces used for sleeping and working
  • they can be used by one or two persons
  • in plots with larger gross building volume nonstandard units could be used for public purposes – study room , lecture room, etc.


  • non-standardized shape defined by plot outline
  • controlled access
  • semi-private buffer zone between private units and public hall used for vertical communication
  • contains additional semi-private spaces which may become living room, kitchen and dinning room, depending on user needs


  • free access
  • public part of the house; polygon for social interaction between residents of local community and inhabitants of student housing
  • shape is defined by units floating in main void


  • gives each house it’s unique identity with different facade pattern
  • detached from the main volume
  • protects units and main hall from atmospheric conditions
  • shape is defined from conditions by plot regulations and spatial organization of units inside


By introducing these elements, we have achieved gradational shift from private to public.

  1. private unit – providing minimal conditions for sleep and study >> 2. semi-private living room – enabling social interaction between students/units >> 3. public hall – enabling interaction between students and local community.


Greece, Athens – 07. 09. 2009 International Competition for Architects Upto 35