TAP SANTORINI

TAP SANTORINI

Tourist Accommodation Prototype
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Santorini is a small circular archipielago, formed by volcanic islands, located in south Aegean sea, about 200 Km to the south-east of the Greece’s mainland. It is also known as Thira, forming the southernmost member of the Cyclades group of islands, with an approximate area of 73 Km² and a census population of 13.402.

Santorini is essentially what remains of an enormous volcanic explosion, destroying the earliest settlements on what was formerly a single island, and leading to the creation of the current geological caldera. Santorini has become one of Europe’s leadig touristic destinations because of its spectacular natural beauty.  Santorini has a singular architecture of white and blue houses as you can find in Morocco’s or Tunisia’s coast. On the other hand, it has been criticized for its disorganized and excessive recent urban development.

Nea Kameni is a small uninhabited Greek island of volcanic origin of 3,4 Km² located  in front of Santorini’s shore line. Along with it’s nearby island Palea Kameni, it becomes a touristic attraction for boats and cruise ships during the summer season. 

The objective of the current contest is to contribute with new ideas for a Tourist Accommodation Prototype (TAP), taking as example of its location the singular setting of the Santorini’s coast line and the Nea Kameni and Palea Kameni islands.

A new model for tourist accommodation in which it resolves the problems within its location, in accordance to contemporary bioclimatic criteria and sustainability able to be adapted to other contexts with similar landscapes around the world.

The proposed location is placed on the giant central lagoon, more or less rectangular, and measuring about 12 by 7 km (7.5 by 4.3 mi), is surrounded by 300 m (980 ft) high steep cliffs on three sides.  The island slopes downward from the cliffs to the surrounding Aegean Sea. On the fourth side, the lagoon is separated from the sea by another much smaller island called Therasia; the lagoon merges with the sea in two places, in the northwest and southwest. The water in the centre of the lagoon is nearly 400 m (1,300 ft) deep, thus making it a safe harbor for all kinds of shipping. The island's harbors all lie in the lagoon and there are no ports on the outer perimeter of the island; the capital, Fira, clings to the top of the cliff looking down on the lagoon. 

It is the most active volcanic centre in the South Aegean Volcanic Arc, though what remains today is chiefly a water-filled caldera. The island is the site of one of the largest volcanic eruptions in recorded history which occurred some 3,500 years ago. A popular theory holds that the Thera eruption is the source of the legend of Atlantis.

The objetive of the current contest for architecture students is to contribute with new ideas to develop a Tourist Accommodation Prototype (TAP), located in the singular environment of the island of Santorini, specially attending to sustainability and bioclimatic criteria.

The idea behind this is to get an architectual reflection on how to solve this type of tourist accommodation, generating ideas to convert an existing problem; like the realization of this type of project on the coast line, into future opportunities. 

The Tourist Accommodation Prototype (TAP) proposal, must give an adequate solution to the program of the given style, resolving the problem of its location and generating a model that could be adapted to other contexts of similar characteristics. 

 

The following prizes will be awarded to proposals that best meet the purpose of the competition;

1st  Prize:

2,500 euros + Publication in TC Cuadernos magazine + Publication in AV Proyectos magazine + 1 year free subscription to AV Proyectos magazine + Selection of 5 issues of TC Cuadernos magazine choosen by the contestant.

The winner or person that represents the winner team will take part of the Jury in the next academic competition.

2nd  Prize:

1,200 euros + Publication in TC Cuadernos magazine + Publication in AV Proyectos magazine + Selection of 5 issues of TC Cuadernos magazine choosen by the contestant.

3rd  Prize:

600 euros + Publication in TC Cuadernos magazine + Publication in AV Proyectos magazine + Selection of 5 issues of TC Cuadernos magazine choosen by the contestant.

Honorable mentions will be awarded to the most interesting proposals in terms of architectural quality, and which have not received any of the first three prizes.

arquideas Special Prize:

The arquideas special prize will be given, awarded with 400 euros, to the proposal with more votes from arquideas users, among honourable mentions and the finalist projects.

The registration period falls between March 1st and May 1st, 2011.

Special Registration: (from  March 1st to April 1st, 2011)
75 euros

Registration: (from  April 2 nd to May 1st, 2011)
100 euros

 

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Founder and President of Room Mate Hotels
Dean of IE School of Architecture & Design (Jury Advisor)
Chief editor of edgargonzalez.com and professor at UEM
President of the CSCAE [Spanish Council of Architecture Associations]
Winner of IMOV Lanzarote academic competition

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