Emerging Ruins

The project assimilates the spirit of Spetses shipbuilding tradition and reinterprets the possibilities of its techniques, putting them to a radically different use. The curved shapes of wooden boat skeletons emerge from the water like ruins, hugging one of the most powerful identity points in the island of Spetses: one of the central piers. The wooden rods change their floating function, inverting their form, to form a skyline of emerged “ruins” that represent not only an homage to the shipbuilding tradition, but also a frame that catches the beauty of the maritime landscape in one single and condensed view. This promenade reforms the first point that tourists and inhabitants ex- perience when arriving to the island, but also the last one when they leave, reminding them of the importance of a historical technique that is nowadays slowly dying. Tutors: Adrian Alfonso & Yacme Mangrané, Architects


The Triton pavilion is a public installation for remembrance.
The project’s main goals are both to highlight the importance of the shipbuilding craftsmanship and its current hindrances and shed light upon MEDS workshop and the importance of recycling and up-cycling. Moreover, it is a warning for the future of the traditional boats, posing to everyone the following question: Where you would like to see them? Inside the sea or abandoned on the ground? The project involves two parts; the main installation which consists of 5 pieces
of traditional boats, installed in a circular layout to form an enclosed public pavilion. The second part is side installations, including various up-cycled urban seats, which are made of old furniture and materials in addition to traditional boat parts. Tutors: Christoph Uckermark, Industrial Designer & Anthony Zgheib, Architect and Urban Designer

Under my umbrella

Under My Umbrella celebrates the traditional craft of weaving combined with different textile techniques. The project is a result of exploring, learning and observing Greek culture. The group had the opportunity to learn traditional Greek dance, visit Bouboulina’s Museum, featuring a wide collection of traditional greek costumes, participate in traditional costume making and simply take impressions of everyday life. These elements were the basis of inspiration for the design of the beach umbrellas. The framework for the umbrellas comes from upcycled materials along with the fabrics used for weaving. The resulting umbrellas create a shading spot on the public beach of Ayios Mamas, giving new life to the island’s tradition. Tutors: Marta Badurina, Industrial Designer & Josipa Tadić, Architect

Pebble rebel

The Pebble Rebel project aims to the revival of the traditional craft of pebble decoration. Pebble decorations spread around the island form a central part in the identity of Spetses island, as they affect the textures, the soundscape and the rhythm of the visitors’ walking. After a lot of wandering, capturing and documenting, we gathered all the information and through an interpretation procedure we sought to convey this traditional technique to contemporary design. The final result is the realization of a pebble decoration created by 10 designers from 8 different countries, that worked together for 2 weeks full of inspiration, creativity and positive energy to leave a trace in this beautiful place. Tutors: Anastasia Florou, Mado Milosi, Yiouli Beltsou, Architects


The pavilion aims to promote apiarian culture through the organization of spatial elements combined with materials and artwork, in order to deliver to the visitor a full experience, artistic as well as educational. Beekeeping is a profession which requires specific knowledge about bees, and this pavilion imposes the visitor to move in a way which is similar to the waggle dance of the bees. The itinerary is not merely a naive imitation, but a chance to fully understand the world of bees. It starts with the artwork related to their life cycle, continues with the flower corner, which corresponds with their final activity and it ends with their ultimate product: honey. Tutors: Erida Bendo & Sarah Dobjani, Architecture Students

Built-in carpet

What is a loom? It is a tool that produces textiles using threads in two directions; the vertical direction is stable, and the horizontal one goes up and down. What is our loom? It is a structural system that allows us to produce surfaces by weaving two different materials; the wooden planks for the stability of the system and the fabric stripes for the needed elasticity. The architectural interpretation of the loom provides us with a game with the space. A person, in order to get familiarized with a space, has to fulfill three basic needs; a place to sit, a place to lay, a place to eat. These basic functions, interwoven with a different degree of socialization-isolation, were the case study of the final product of our loom. Tutors: Georgia Drampalou & Dimitra Vrenta, Architecture Students


Breakwater installation is a kind of barrier to the sea. As the location we chose a beach, which was our inspiration for the whole process. The proposed structure is intended to lie down and enjoy the beautiful Greek seacoast. It is a place for socialization and integration of all people – inhabitants and visitors of the island. With our construction we want to improve their time spent there, let them choose the most comfortable spot and position, especially in case the casual swimmer forgot their towel and don’t want to have sand on them! Tutors: Joanna Wirkus & Natalia Lipczuk, Architecture students

Sea Level Rise Pavilion

The external form of the pavilion resembles a simplified straight- edged outline of a boat, vertically extruded. Internally, there are 2 pools of water – one on the ground floor and another on the first – connected by a ladder. The distance between these pools is almost the maximum estimated sea level rise by the year 2100. Charred wood is used for 2 reasons: it is a technique used in traditional boat building, and there is a connection between the burned appearance and the theme of global warming. Upon entering, visitors step onto a ramp with an incline designed to cause a brief moment of balance adjustment, just like the effect of stepping from land onto a boat. A ladder invites people to the first floor, where they are offered a seat with a view of the Greek mainland and islands. The viewport contains a pool at it’s base. Visitors sit there wondering what might happen to the landscape outside should significant sea level rise occur. Tutor: Kieran Donnellan, Architect, Multimedia Programmer and Software Engineer

Space and Food: Making Togetherness

This project engaged with the design and materialization of installations which derive from our imagination. Learning from the art of cooking and seeing food as material, we heighten our senses to be more aware of our surroundings and attentive to the environment. Exploring, discussing and with a playful attitude, we listen to the whispers of the secret garden of the Monastery and by paying close attention, we find clues to what the secret garden is and the stories it wants to narrate. The final installations comprise the collection of these imaginations of the Monastery’s secret garden. Tutor: Andy Yu, Architect and Teacher

Sensory Garden

The sensory garden project aims to reactivate the abandoned garden of St. Nicolas. Monastery and turn it into a meeting point for the community. The landscape intervention consists of a path
that awakens our senses and forms different types of togetherness. We are inspired by the traditional technique of stone building and combine it with a contemporary design approach, in order to create some seating elements. Those are created reusing old stones, already existing at the garden. The concept of reusing materials can be also found in the small marble installations that were made out of the old bell tower’s marble. We experimented with the marble pieces in a way that generates a variety of new spaces. All these elements, together with colorful flowers, herbs and wild plants, trigger multiple senses and memories for the visitors. Tutors: Nefeli Samioti & Aggeliki Tsilidi, Architecture Students

Letters of Spetses

The project focused on greek letters, calligraphy and type design. During the two weeks in Spetses, we explored all the letters we found on the island and the techniques used in their creation, from spontaneous hand painted fish market signs to cafés with letter shaped rope signs. We found inspiration and used it in our own lettering design. Through our concept development we chose words that derived from our impressions of the island and at the same time have a meaning to each of us. Our boards with greek words represent what Spetses means to us and what we want to remember/ to be remembered. The second part of our project is a moving mural to be placed in public playgrounds. It says “παίζω”, or “play”. The idea of the message is to remind the children to never stop playing and to never stop letting out their creativity. *none of the participants speaks the Greek language! Tutors: Neva Zidić, Graphic and Type Designer & Agnieszka Ejsymont, Graphic Designer and Architect


During the workshop we tried to feel and understand Spetses in order to create city identity. The first part of it was exploring the island, gathering inspiration and talking to locals. After that, we discussed what we want to show and how we want to show it. We came up to mapping the places that are really familiar at Spetses and must-see touristic destinations as well as this year’s MEDS workshop projects. We chose to make icons which will represent something that is specific for the island, as honeycombs, carriages, sea, fish, pinecones. We hope that we created a clear visual identity which locals will see as part of them and tourists can easily understand.

Running Stories

We exchange stories from our collection for new stories that we are gathering on the street along the coastline of Spetses. The circular motion of the wheels represents the stories looping which are mixed together, the mirror cylinder shows your own reflection. It’s us who put it in motion and it’s us who stop it whenever somebody is willing to share a story. The seasonal touristic peak results in temporary solutions for food/water supply, infrastructure, garbage, management, contributing to the seasonal lifestyle of the inhabitants. Our installation shines to disappear and makes noise to become silent after one day only. Tutors: Jennifer Beitel, Creative Technologies Designer and Storyteller & Oliwia Tatara, Industrial Designer and Architect & Felix Wernli, Industrial Designer


In today’s world, where everyone has a camera in their pockets and can post 10 selfies a second on 20 different social media platforms, the painstaking process of shooting film on 30-year-old analogue cameras, developing that film and then using the negative to create a physical photograph seems truly insane. So why did 12 International design and architecture students from all over the world do this for 2 weeks? We will let these pictures exhibited here speak for themselves but want to let you know that they were made entirely by hand with what seems like ancient technology at this point and with an understanding of how light can be harnessed into a replicable form to create art with. Nothing in the world can match the magic of seeing the light take shape on your first photograph in the darkroom. Luckily this feeling is making a comeback along with everything analogue in the world of photography. All of our lost films and failures learning this process were worth it in the end on our very special analogue journey. Tutors: Jan von der Heyde, Design Thinker & Vlad Georgiev, Media


This video was produced for MEDS Gallery 2020 in order to be screened at the exhibition MEMNISO: MEDS Spetses 2019, at “Romantso” cultural space in Athens, Greece. The exhibition demonstrated a series of photographs and installations referring to the projects realized during MEDS Spetses 2019. Editing: Ioulia Metzidaki Shots: Chara Kaika, Jan von der Heyde, ‘Running stories’ and ‘Sensory garden’ final videos for MEDS Spetses Drone shots: Dimitri Leimgrüble, Vlad Georgiev Assistant producer: Chara Kaika MEDS Gallery 2020 team: Theodora Anastasiadi, Myrto Andronidi, Angeliki Asimakopoulou, Chara Kaika, Christina Kokkini, Despoina Kolovou, Alexandros Kontis, Stefanos Kovaios, Christos Malesovas, Ioulia Metzidaki, Stefania Sachinoglou, Olga Thomopoulou, Marianna Tsapepa, Anna Maria Vemmou




















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