Material Matters vol. 2: Aluminium
The architectural event Material Matters vol. 2, dedicated to aluminum in architecture, took place at the Benaki Museum in Athens on September 20th, with great success. The event was “sold-out”, marking the restart of architectural events with physical attendance, after a long time during which all events and conferences only took place online.
The event was coordinated by Ariadni Vozani, Managing Editor of ek magazine and Professor at the NTU Athens, and Stavros Martinos, of the magazine’s Editorial Board.
At Material Matters vol. 2, presentations by acclaimed architects highlighted the importance of aluminum and its prominent position in Greek industrial production, and further underlined creative synergies between the aluminum industry and Greek architects, in a vast array of projects covering many sizes and typologies.
Specifically, Rena Sakellaridou, of RS SPARCH, presented the photographic documentation of the Element office building, highlighting aluminum applications in the facades, curtain walls and claddings. Next, Nicolas Travasaros of Divercity Architects presented the construction challenges of their upcoming office development in Athens, resolved with composite aluminum product solutions. Pavlos Chatziangelidis of 314 Architecture Studio elaborated on the sculptural potential of aluminum surfaces in their new private housing development on Athens’ waterfront; Natassa Lianou and Ermis Chalvatzis -LC Architects demonstrated the great versatility of the material in three of their projects, using aluminum either as cladding, as curtain wall or as a lightweight yet resilient structural frame. Nicolas Patsavos elaborated on the local architectural culture involving aluminum from a historical perspective, researching the Aspra Spitia industrial settlement by Doxiadis Associates, further presenting an ongoing research project involving the untapped potential of bauxite processing by-products. Thodoris Makridis of Makridis Associates and Loukas Bobotis of Bobotis+Bobotis Architects presented aluminum applications in a vast array of projects by their respective offices, followed by Angeliki Athanasiadou of AVW Architecture, who gave a detailed account of the design and development of the new terminal at Athens International Airport. The last speaker, Ilias Papageorgiou of PILA Studio, shared the ongoing façade engineering research for the redevelopment of the Piraeus Tower, scheduled for completion in 2023.
“Material Matters” is a series of architectural events organized by ek magazine; their purpose is to highlight the importance of materials in architecture, through talks by architects who showcase creative material uses in their work.
This year’s event sponsors were: Alumil (Gold Sponsor), Europa (Silver Sponsor), AkzoNobel, Aluminco, Elval Colour, Halo Architectural Lighting, Mitsubishi Electric-Tenora Techniki (Sponsors); ETEM, Ideco, Liebherr, NEOKEM and U-Minimal have been Supporters.
Foyer, Benaki Museum Pireos 138
Monday 20th September 2021