Polygon Housing is an apartment complex in downtown Athens. If kids today form their social realities online, then websites such as Friendster.com and MySpace.com are their apartment buildings. These sites are emblematic of the user-generated content wave, that in early 2007 surpassed any other form of content (including pornography and news) as the most popular information online. Polygon Housing is an apartment building for this new generation of inhabitant, a non-commital, D.I.Y.er,  likes-to-customize and mostly works from home or lives in the office. The varying sizes of concrete towers attempt to reconcile the 19th centure single family homes with the 1960s industrial spaces and 1980s apartment complexes that fill the surrounding streets by blending all the existing scales of the surrounding area into a kit-of-parts-complex where apartment floorplans extend and contract by spreading into the various towers that are connected by removable bridges. An apartment can inhabit 1,2,3 or 4 towers, can have multiple entrances allowing for a clear separation of work and live spaces, and the inhabitants can punch out windows guided by the diagonally structured load bearing walls, which give the “building” a directional visual identity while allowing for random customization.

Polygon Housing 2006, competition entry, special mention.