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Katerina Kourkoula & Hannes Livers Gutberlet

En Route Architects

http://www.e-r-a.net

Xr. Serron 7a, Athens, Greece
En Route Architects is a research and design practice based in Athens, Greece. The practice tries to navigate in-between the extensive social and economic trauma existing within the country of Greece. Projects are developed and realized through the respectful understanding of given constraints. Each solution becomes a specific response to its immediate contextual conditions.

Pragmatic Realism


Architecture Thriving on Constraints

Pragmatic Realism


Architecture Thriving on Constraints
Instead of being limitations, we understand budget constraints, the client’s needs and regulatory frameworks as tools and triggers for architectural innovation.
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The post-crisis generation of architects has a responsibility to reverse a hitherto self-indulgent relationship to limitations. Rather than resisting limitations, we must embrace them. Architecture needs to work within its given boundaries. Through analysis and dialogue constructive relationships can be built within these given constraints. Only then will they become an incentive for innovation and alternative proposals. Proposals that are realized not through an increase in debt and/or going over budget, but through an anticipation of limits. Projections and speculations give way to a careful examination of realistic problems in order to give pragmatic solutions. This responsiveness and responsibility towards the context creates an approach that is at the same time specific and independent from additional resources.


An office space within a warehouse creates an immersive stage set where audience and actors coexist.

In a plot where everyone needs to take responsibility for their actions, the extension of the stage cancels the distance between the actor and the audience.

The complex routes amongst the existing seating erases any boundaries and creates an experience of emersion.

Pragmatic Realism


Architecture Thriving on Constraints

Pragmatic Realism


Architecture Thriving on Constraints
Instead of being limitations, we understand budget constraints, the client’s needs and regulatory frameworks as tools and triggers for architectural innovation.
File under

The post-crisis generation of architects has a responsibility to reverse a hitherto self-indulgent relationship to limitations. Rather than resisting limitations, we must embrace them. Architecture needs to work within its given boundaries. Through analysis and dialogue constructive relationships can be built within these given constraints. Only then will they become an incentive for innovation and alternative proposals. Proposals that are realized not through an increase in debt and/or going over budget, but through an anticipation of limits. Projections and speculations give way to a careful examination of realistic problems in order to give pragmatic solutions. This responsiveness and responsibility towards the context creates an approach that is at the same time specific and independent from additional resources.


An office space within a warehouse creates an immersive stage set where audience and actors coexist.

In a plot where everyone needs to take responsibility for their actions, the extension of the stage cancels the distance between the actor and the audience.

The complex routes amongst the existing seating erases any boundaries and creates an experience of emersion.


Idea by

Katerina Kourkoula & Hannes Livers Gutberlet
En Route Architects
Xr. Serron 7a
Athens
Greece
En Route Architects is a research and design practice based in Athens, Greece. The practice tries to navigate in-between the extensive social and economic trauma existing within the country of Greece. Projects are developed and realized through the respectful understanding of given constraints. Each solution becomes a specific response to its immediate contextual conditions.