Love me tender…

Project developed during the Urban performance: experimental design at School of Architecture, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece, 2010.

Project exhibited at Urban Performance exhibition, part of “Nothing goes to waste” exhibition, at Center of Contemporary Art, Thessaloniki, Greece, 2010.

Project published at Architectural model lead to design, special issue 9, Damdi publications and at Design net 7 journal, vol.154, Korea, 2010.

Team Members: Maria Chiou, Dimitra Koroni, Vassilis Papakonstantinou, Vassiliki-Maria Plavou,Aliki Samara, Fotis Smouklis

Tutors: Heather Woofter, Sung Ho Kim (Axi:Ome architects) and Stavros Vergopoulos, Dimitra Chatzisavva, Dimitris Kontaxakis, Vassilis Papadiamantopoulos, Spiros Papadimitriou, Anastasios Tellios, Dimitris Gourdoukis, Katerina Trifonidou

Love me tender is an ephemeral structure for St.Sofia's square, Thessaloniki, Greece. The square is a popular meeting point for couples. On the other hand, site is occupied by pigeon swarms, famous for their bad intentions at spoiling visitors' first dates.

The structure grows as a parasite at the entrance, garden and St. Sofia's yard - taking advantage of the local flora and the hedge's vertical elations. The shelter attempts to protect visitors from pigeons' attacks, couples from prying eyes, while rudimentary salons are shaped for the pigeons to be hosted.

Love me tender is an ephemeral structure for the summery months. Having the confidence that nothing goes to waste, cake paper cups seemed suitable for forming this shelter. The paper cups are attached together- initially forming a curvilinear hedra and then a component of five. The outcome is a component resembling roses.

The growth of the structure is linked to an event and relies on the visitors participation. The structure grows, as long as, single visitors fill in the "roses" with messages. When the structure is completed, the end will be celebrated with the disassembly of the structure. The components will be blown away and single visitors can surge into a hunt for their precious rose, with the promise of the other half.

So…love me tender, love me dear...




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