UNStudio’s approach for the Marina Residential Tower in the Ellinikon masterplan aims to create a human-centric journey that redefines luxury and emphasises a connection to culture, nature, and community that shapes the future Athens.
Project Name: Marina Residential Tower
Studio Name: UNStudio
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Crafting a centerpiece
The Marina Residential Tower finds its form through a precise focus on details. It is conceived as a centerpiece that performs as one integrated system and is crafted to reflect the sun, cast graded shadows and changing light throughout the day. The façade is carved out of the silhouette of the tower and works as an integral part of the structural system. The sculpted building is composed of three main elements: the horizontal balcony planes, the curved walls and the clear enclosure.
The balcony design becomes the main identifying aspect of the project, accentuating the voluminous appearance of the building through an interplay between light and shadow. The tower plan is configured in an octagonal symmetrical shape, which assists in reducing exposure to predominant winds. The facade design introduces two contrasting materials; an alternating rhythm of solid curved walls followed by straight glass walls, as well as undulating balconies with a system of wall rotations on every floor that contributes to the dynamic impression of its appearance.
Constructing as a Craftsman
The Marina Tower is conceived through a contemporary (re)interpretation of local craftsmanship. UNStudio used parametric digital tools to compose and sculpt the building. The selection of warm and earthy materials for the proposal highlights UNStudio’s tactile approach to the senses, diffuses the Attica light and brings a human scale to the space.
The slender podium sits inside a lush Mediterranean landscape and allows the tower to softly land on the ground. It is the nodal point where the welcoming areas and the social spaces for the tenants are located.
The landscape concept ‘Living in a Garden’ aims to deliver a real sense of place and a memorable experience through the utilisation of textures, materiality, colours and aromas. As such, the building creates distinctive gardens each with a unique theme; from subtropical gardens suited to the Mediterranean climate to dry gardens reminiscent of a forest.
UNStudio, founded in 1988 by Ben van Berkel and Caroline Bos, is a Dutch architectural design studio specialising in architecture, interior architecture, product design, urban development and infrastructural projects. The name, UNStudio, stands for United Network Studio referring to the collaborative nature of the practice.
Throughout over 30 years of international project experience, UNStudio has continually expanded its capabilities through prolonged collaboration with an extended network of international consultants, partners, and advisors across the globe. This network, combined with the centrally located offices in Amsterdam, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Frankfurt, Dubai and Melbourne enables UNStudio to work efficiently anywhere in the world.
Current projects include the mixed-use FOUR development in Frankfurt, the wasl Tower in Dubai and the STH BNK by Beulah development in Melbourne. Pivotal realised projects include the Mercedes-Benz Museum in Stuttgart, Arnhem Central Station, Raffles City Hangzhou in China, the Mobius House in the Netherlands and the Erasmus Bridge in Rotterdam.