City of Tables08/10
Greek cities are deliberately dense due to a cultural demand for physical closeness and constant social interaction. Tables are the vehicle of every gathering; in every space the table becomes the meeting point. From the kitchen table that acts like the private meeting point in a house, until the sea of café tables that flood the public spaces of every contemporary Greek city, there is a range of different uses of space around tables where food, coffee and information is constantly being consumed. In fact, public space in Greece is created almost exclusively around tables; cafeterias, cafenia, restaurants and tavernas are the places of coming together.
On the occasion of the 12th International Venice Architecture Biennale directed by Kazuyo Sejima and the theme of ‘People meet in architecture’, the proposal for the Greek pavilion suggested a city made exclusively of tables.
location: Venice, Italy
team: Konstantinos Pantazis, Marianna Rentzou, Beth Hughes
collaborators: Andreas Angelidakis, Angelo Plessas, Sotiria Kornaropoulou, Markus Miessen, Spyridon Papapetros