03 June, 2010


The museum is designed to be built on the abrupt of one of the lush, green hills that surround the lake of Stymphalia. (D.Issaias – T.Papaioannou)

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The building site is marked out towards the side of the lake by a passage through the dense bush that connects the provincial highway to the observatory at the top, from where one can enjoy the view of the entire area of Stymphalia and of the surrounding mountains.



The museum refers to the lake and consists of two units. The first contains exhibits that relate to the traditional professions of the general area, which often are closely connected to it. The second unit aims at informing and sensitizing visitors to the environment and the ecosystem of the region and their history.


The two units are arranged in parallel zones on both sides of a strong linear wall placed transversally to the uneven ground. The delineation of a second axis, vertical to the wall, defines the basic access points and separates the communal facilities from the exhibition areas.


The rhythmical repetition of parallel parapets gives the desired scale to the building and facilitates the creation of exhibitional subdivisions. The simple, dispersed prismatic volumes mark the different functional units and enhance the sense of identification or acknowledgment of the whole space. 


The central court that slightly turns to the basic axes of the composition is not bound to them, but stands apart from the building and is perceived as a part of the natural environment. The linear synthesis is enhanced by the roofed wooden balcony with view to the lake that is fundamental and principal reference of the museum.


Demetrios  Issaias – Tasis  Papaioannou


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