Kassandras 20 is the physical site of KASSANDRAS. It is five stories high. It has a basement. It is organized in the typology of the polykatoikia. It is made of reinforced concrete. It is a rectangular prism. Its missing walls, for the time being, act as enormous open windows. Its incompleteness makes the boundary between its interior space and its surrounding environment ambiguous and dialectic. Kassandras 20 (the building) imposes itself in a starkly evident, physical sense. KASSANDRAS (the project) imposes a state of flux and new scales of temporality that feed from the static shell.

The building is a perfect mock up to experiment with modular systems and sustainable schemes, and to explore new strategies of intervention in what already exists : the abandoned

The abandoned deals with the found and the re-appropriation of existing circumstances. These can include objects, materials, histories and myths, programmatic functions, typologies, the surrounding environment, even the building itself. The abandoned is at the same time a useful starting point for the implementation of design strategies and an aesthetically charged artefact that elicits poetic architectural responses. These draw from the specificity and starkness of found characteristics that are subsequently decoded, re-composed, taken literally or are strangely interpreted. Fundamentally tied to the existing, the adaptation of the abandoned is an experiment in immersion resulting in an architectural response defined by situationally integrated signification.

Between re-appropriation and parasitizing, the idea of a halt is taking over a permanent settlement.

With its in-house facilities to develop, prototype and produce, responding thus to a variety of construction needs, KASSANDRAS' methodology is thought as a horizontal practice, engaging with a variety of disciplines. Each design or technical issue is addressed through a workshop program involving students and practitioners where we can build a common field, learn from each others, try out, do mistakes, and, eventually, find ideas or solutions that can be directly applied on site, but also expanded further for a wider use.