Lessons to be learned from building on a small scale

The inroads made by architectural design in sports arenas is also evident in smaller-scale projects. The refurbishment of the sports installations and outdoor areas of the Athens Tennis Club (ATC), located in the shadow of the majestic columns of the Temple of Olympian Zeus, has proved that good architecture can bring mutual benefits. The investment made by the club’s members was hardly negligible and a large portion was channeled into architectural design. The Athens Tennis Club site, opposite Zappeion Hall on Vassilissis Olgas Avenue, is definitely worth a visit. Architect Alexandros Tripodakis has introduced subtle changes that are in harmony with the natural and archaeological environment, and that highlight the openness of the installations. Particular features to note are the radial pattern of the stands and roof, the fine work in the wrought-iron structures and the incorporation of the existing vegetation into the project’s new landscaping of the garden. The way in which the coverings are suspended is especially interesting as is the diffusion of light and shade throughout the space.

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