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The Main Press Centre (MPC) is a 52.300 sq.m. building complex consisting of two new building blocks and the existing HELEXPO Exhibition Centre building. It is located on Kifissias Ave, in close proximity to I.B.C. and OAKA structures. The MPC served as the base of operations for all the international press during the Athens 2004 Olympic Games. The building provided work space for approximately 5.500-6.000 international journalists, twenty-four hours a day for almost two months.
The extensive needs for space on a relatively small site led to a solution, which incorporated large volumes.
Therefore, the volumes of the new building were located in such a way, that any kind of challenge or confrontation between the two schemes would be avoided. The MPC complex remains in the background, forming a frame that enhances the existing building. Its independent entity is reinforced through the use of different materials.

The limited time available for construction, the functional requirements of the scheme and the aesthetical coherence of the whole, were the additional factors that led to the choice of the specific building materials utilised.
The primary structural system consists of steel frames combined with composite floor slabs.

The building skin is made of a combination of composite polyurethane metal cladding panels and a glazing system set in aluminum frames.


Associate Architects: P. Valsamidou, Ch. Savvidis, Th. Talantinis, K. Mavros

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