The Athens Conservatory Concert Hall by Jan Despo

Restoration, Reuse, Research.

  • Tilemachos Andrianopoulos National Technology University of Athens


The Athens Conservatory is the only realized building of the Athens Cultural Center -a ’59 urban design composition by Jan Despo. The upper floor Concert Hall served as the Conservatory’s music venue for 40 years, though it remained in an incomplete, decadent state. Before attempting the restoration, a thorough research of the archived drawings revealed a series of elevations and construction drawings of a visually astonishing composition of acoustic panels for the lateral walls -that was never constructed. The discovery of those original drawings highlights the crucial role of research for a well documented, valid restoration



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Biografia Autor

Tilemachos Andrianopoulos, National Technology University of Athens

Born in Athens (1974), Diploma in Architecture, National Technical University of Athens (2001), Metropolis Msc in Architecture and Urban Culture, CCCB- Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (2006). Founder of Tense Architecture Network_TAN (2004). The practice’s work includes several first prize competition proposals as well as awarded residences: ‘Residence in Megara’ and Residence in Heraklion were nominated for the Mies van der Rohe award (2015-2017) and ‘Residence in Sikamino’ was shortlisted for the same award (2013), while TAN participated in the Architecture Biennale of Venice twice (2012 and 2014). Member of the multidisciplinary group Greenproject (2010), of the Hellenic Institute of Architects (2015), and of international (2015). Assistant Professor in the School of Architecture of the National Technical University of Athens.