The Heterotopic Oscillation of a City


Volos, 2013


Stefanos Ziras and Anait Karaoglanian


Exhibited at the Greek pavilion of the 2014 International Union of Architects World Congress, Architecture Otherwhere



In this New Age, cities are expanding and slowly devouring the landscape that surrounds them. The need for further development and expansion seems to be a given in today’s society, however we must propose a new system which might be a great design solution to these environmental, social, and urban issues. If we want to protect our landscape, we must set an [outer] boundary for the new city ·

In this scenario the boundary itself becomes a building, a city, a society, that encapsulates the existing and reforms it by limiting it. The “Depositorium” is one such boundary that has topological significance for the city of Volos. It surrounds the city with an ever-expanding structural network on which one can deposit his identity by creating space in which to live, or by contributing to the society that is born there.



Deriving from memories and history, the “Depositorium” becomes a metaphorical center of labor, industry, culture and progress. For years, Volos had a prospering naval industry and it is on this industry that the “Deposritorium” is based on. By creating a shipyard on land we strive to give life back to an otherwise forgotten history. This landmark has an expanding capacity of 50,000 residents many of which work on the shipyard while others contribute to the society in other ways.

At one point during an endless cycle of labor and rebirth, the ship becomes the  symbol of the society’s achievements in industry and culture. Once a ship is completed and begins its journey, it will take with it memories and parts of the culture that created it, in an effort to spread those ideals to other parts of the world.

First and foremost, the “Depositorium” is a new society and a new way of imagining the city of tomorrow, a heterotopian vision of a new model of habitation and social structure.