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5 Metal Cubes

5 Metal Cubes are a special architectural proposal in the area of Aristotle University.

  1. Modern and Contemporary era (1912 - )

    1999 Constructed.

  2. Ottoman era (1453- 1912)

  3. Byzantine era (331 AC- 1453)

  4. Roman era (30 BC- 330 AC)

  5. Hellenistic era (322- 31 BC)

  6. Classical era (478-323 BC)

  7. Archaic era (800-479 BC)

  8. Geometric era (-1100- 800 BC)

  9. Prehistory (-1100 BC)

What I can see

On the roof of the administration building of Aristotle University there are 5 metal cubic structures, which are 7m long, 7m wide and 4 to 6m high. Their architecture is very different from the surrounding buildings, which belong to late modernism. They have a clean geometric shape and are externally lined with sheets of perforated metal, at a distance of about 70cm from the door and window frames of the cubes. The sheets protect them from the strong sun. They also limit the view to the interior from outside, while the view is not significantly limited from the interior. Insufficient maintenance and graffiti reduce their architectural value significantly.

What I can't see

The skeleton of the cubes is made of steel and the floor is raised. The works of Anastasios Kotsiopoulos, Morpho Papanikolaou, Rena Sakkelaridou, Emy Zoumboulidou and Alina Panou house administrative services of the university.


  • Address: Aristotle University of Thessaloniki


Doumanis O.V., (2002), Πέντε Μεταλλικοί Κύβοι στο κτίριο Διοίκησης ΑΠΘ, [Five Metal Cubes at Thessaloniki University’s main administration building], in Αρχιτεκτονικά Θέματα, [Architecture in Greece], v. 38, p.p. 88-90