a+u’s May issue features Point Supreme, an Athens-based architectural firm established by Konstantinos Pantazis and Marianna Rentzou in 2008. The couple studied architecture in Athens, then traveled to cities like Rotterdam, London, and Tokyo, to gain research and practical knowledge. Upon their return, they began to avidly translate the various nuances they experienced abroad and to reexamine their native country’s culture and built environment. From interior designs of a typical apartment house in Athens to self-initiated urban proposals, 20 selected projects are presented in this issue alongside collages by Point Supreme. The architects use collage as representational language, a way to reveal the relationships that exist in each project – noting that collages “contain the complexity and depth that both the city and proposal parts should have, and avoid abstraction.” These images are not a tool to escape reality, but they represent physical realities, individual memories, and fragments of time.
Text in English and Japanese.