The project marks monastic life outside the boundaries of Mt. Athos and commemorates all the people that where not allowed to visit for more than thousand years. By visiting and experiencing the monastic life through workshops, exhibitions and accommodation the new museum reflects the monastic life and architecture as a total experience.

Our approach reinforces the internal - spiritual experience while the building appears as non-obtrusive as possible – at the exterior. Only the element of dome plays the same role as in traditional church buildings of the byzantine period – to bring inspiration and spiritual uplifting.

The interpretive center is built from local material (cement, marble, stone, wood), minimizing it‘s energy footprint while at the same time incorporates sustainable technologies related with the local climate and topography. The handmade workmanship and the agricultural cultivation bring the sustainable monastic society characteristics into life for the ‘Dome’ interpretation centre.

By pairing and committing to integrate the building with the landscape, and a simple round-building typology, the building manages to defer from the site while fostering a sense of respect and awe. To be both visible and invisible is the paradox and challenge of the project.

Design Team : Alexandros Kouloukouris, Dimitrios Raidis, Callikratis Eulogimenos, Maria Kanestou,  Lia Lianta