Science Complex, University of Crete
Heraklion, 1986

      This complex, together with the University Hospital and School of Medicine, will constitute the core of the new campus of the University of Crete outside the city of Heraklion. The site is typically Mediterranean in aspect and has splendid views of Crete's major mountain range.
     The first phase of the programme will provide laboratories for Biology, Physics and Chemistry in two square buildings. The second phase will consist of long building with teaching labs and administration. The buildings have been organised along two dissimilar piazzas (avle) which are oriented towards the mountains and the sea. The complex is entered through a gate-like opening created by two back-to-back lecture rooms located in the teaching block, at the point of intersection of the two piazzas. The buildings are connected on the second level by bridges, which in some cases combine with coffee lounges for the teaching and administrative staff. The laboratories have been typologically developed to reflect the nature of the research and above all, to render the working environment as pleasant as possible. Construction is of reinforced concrete throughout.
     In their siting, spatial organization and elevations expression, the buildings reinterpret the Greek classical and vernacular traditions. The strong light of the Mediterranean has generated the deep wall treatment of the facades, which are diversified according to their orientation and location. Above all, a major concern has been the creation of a 'public space' for the university community.
     The project has been designed in association with the Technical Office of the University of Crete.

Collaborators :Giuseppe Filiputti, Mark Blake, Julian Reid, William Lo
Photos: Ch Louzidis assisted by E Panousi
Below : Main floor plan; Overall axonometric