National Technical University of Athens

School of Architecture

P29 | Tempest: A theater for the Aegean Archipelago

by Aliki Stenou / Theoklitos Triantafyllidis 

We rely on the belief that the Aegean Sea is a dispersed city to which we offer a communication channel, a cultural bridge, a ship - theater. Influenced by the theme of the Greek participation in the 10th Architecture Biennale of Venice, titled The Aegean Sea- A Dispersed City, we follow the heretical belief of the historian Ruggiero Romano that the Archipelagos of the Aegean Sea is a city. In this dispersed city we propose a model of common infrastructure, based on the idea of moving. We choose to apply this strategy on the field of culture by suggesting a travelling theater that can act as a connecting bridge between the islands. Thus, we take an existing ship and transform it to a theater, trying to create our ship-theater. Our concept is based on the idea of ‘digging’ the bulk of the ship. Inner walls and decks, originally fragmenting the inner space of the ship, are eradicated leaving their traces on the outside walls of a new big, unified open space that is created to host our theater. On the stern of the ship, the audience finds a large open air space that plays the role of an urban, transformable square. Behind the theater and towards the bow of the ship are the cabins and the public areas of the crew and the troupe as well as an atrium with a tree and a small auditorium for rehearsals.


Aliki Stenou  was born in Athens, in 1988. She graduated from Moraitis Highschool in 2006. She studied Architecture at the National Technical University of Athens, where she graduated with honours in 2012. In 2010 she took part in the I.A.E.S.T.E. programme through which she worked in Tunisia for three months. During 2010 and 2011 she participated in the Erasmus exchange program following for a year her studies at the Technische Universität Berlin. In 2011 she presented her lecture at the National Technical University of Athens under the title Odyssey of a city: The representation of cities in science fiction cinema. In 2012 she presented her thesis at the NTUA under the title A floating Theatre for the Aegean Archipelago. During the years 2006-2013 she has attended several seminars in acting, film, photography, painting and sculpture in Greece and Germany, having participated in relevant exhibitions in Berlin. Since 2013 she has been working in Munich, Germany.

Theoklitos Triantafyllidis  was born in the summer of '88 and grew up in Athens. He studied Architecture at the National Technical University of Athens, where he graduated in 2012. Since then he has been practicing in several architectural offices and has been looking for a place to develop his activities. He is currently working in China. He has participated in several exhibitions and competitions in Greece and China.