The Compass, Innovative Bioclimatic School in Heraclion, Crete

  • Statedesign completed
  • OwnerRepublic of Greece
  • Size7500 m2
  • LocationHeraclion, Crete

From Crete God Zeus started transforming into a bull to try and steal Europe. Our building is actually acting as a memorial connecting a myth with reality. We wanted to create an international shape, an arrow that will point toward the rest of Europe, origin and destination of the future students of the school and a constant reference of where Crete belongs now. We used the white color, an international and basic color that excludes any reference to world localities. Our building is a building that follows the dictates of the international style, however, on second thought we can understand that it draws its power from the Earth in which it lies. We wanted our school to be multicultural but not impersonal and cold. It could be located anywhere but nowhere would make as much sense as the fact that it shows towards the north, it is white, it has the symbols from the «disk of Phaistos» and has the specific louvers. It is international and multicultural but with respect to the place where it is located.

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