Anatolia College recently announced the creation of the Kassandra Center for Educational Excellence/ IB Diploma Programme. Dedicated to excellence and education, it incorporates Anatolia College’s vision, as well as the timeless goals and values it embraces as a non-profit, educational institution.
A flexible, three-story building will be constructed on the Lyceum side of Anatolia College (formerly known as “Arenon”).
Deda & Architects’ architectural proposal, which aims at a contemporary educational building, consists of: a. The demolition of the existing Ladas building, a conventional 60s building. b. The aesthetic and functional upgrade of the historical stone building Compton Hall and c. The construction of the New Wing, which will be in functional connection with Compton Hall. The New Wing will cover approximately 2,350 sq.m., house 14 new classrooms, six state-of-the-art laboratories, study rooms, a multi-purpose room and all the required common areas, to which special attention has been given, as well as the newly established Kassandra Center for Educational Excellence/ IB Diploma Programme.
The basic principles underlying Deda & Architects’ architectural proposal are, on the one hand, to provide the building with a solid and recognizable presence and, on the other hand, to achieve maximum utilization of the natural environment and the microclimate of the Anatolia College campus.
The Kassandra Center for Educational Excellence / IB Diploma Program architectural proposal envisages a flexible school building, which will encourage creation, participation and interaction, while honoring the long history and tradition of the educational institution by highlighting Compton Hall, so that it achieves a harmonious fit into the campus excellent natural environment. The proposal brings together two building entities that will coexist in rhythmic autonomy, without one dominating the other.
“This very contradiction is the path we have chosen to achieve symbiosis and timelessness”, according to Ms Maria Deda, Head Architect of the architectural office Deda & Architects.
According to Ms Deda, the main goals are the following:
- The creation of highly functional and aesthetically pleasing spaces.
- Ergonomics, new technologies, and contemporary aesthetics.
- Flexibility: classrooms that can be easily transformed and a variety of spaces and seats that allow for different activities to take place, while encouraging participation and teamwork.
- Transparency and clarity: abundant glazing breaks down physical boundaries and encourages a sense of belonging for the school community.
- Brightness: natural light and colors will encourage sensory learning
- Natural ventilation: promotes a pleasant microclimate and a healthy environment that fosters alertness and attention.
The new school complex will increase the capacity of the Anatolia College IBDP from 160 to 240 students and will satisfy all functional, technological and aesthetic present and future needs.
Finally, the building has been designed to achieve the best possible sustainability performance and optimization of the internal environment (thermal comfort and air quality), but also to consume the least possible energy. This is achieved by selecting energy saving systems, as well as by orienting the classrooms on the north-south axis and using environmentally friendly materials, which aim at achieving an optimum integrated life cycle performance.
Deda & Architects
Deda & Architects was founded in Thessaloniki, in 2008 by Maria Deda, Head Architect and it gradually grew by attracting an important group of young and experienced architects, consultants and partners in London, Canada, and the United States of America.
Having just founded an office in Athens, Deda & Architects dynamic team undertakes projects in Thessaloniki, Athens and throughout Greece as well as abroad. Having received multiple distinctions for project implementations, the office is active in many different sectors and at different scales of projects, architectural design, development consulting and project management – from private residences and hospitality projects to office buildings, educational buildings and shopping centers
Deda & Architects makes sure to always follow a fresh and dynamic approach.
With innovation and flexibility as its guiding creative principles Deda & Architects aim at offering timeless designs that combine a building’s existing elements with contemporary aesthetics in the best possible way.
Notable recent / ongoing important projects: an office building in the center of Athens (Veranzerou and 3rd of September), a mixed use building in Fediou street, Athens the “Kazika Flats” residential building in Kalamaria-Thessaloniki, participation in the “International Architectural Competition for the Redevelopment of the Thessaloniki Exhibition Center” ” in collaboration with Heatherwick Studio, the redevelopment of the port of Thessaloniki together with MVRDV, the renovation (remake) of the “Macedonia Pallas” hotel, the proposal for a skyscraper building in Limassol, Cyprus.