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Higher Girls School of Thessaloniki/ 15th High School

The former Higher Girls School of Thessaloniki is a very important example of the modern architecture movement.

  1. Modern and Contemporary era (1912 - )


    1933 Beginning of construction.

    1936 Completion

  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

The school has two floors with a semi-basement, which at the time housed basic functions such as toilets, a canteen, a heating mechanism, etc. The classrooms are in order and the openings of the building are characterized by linearity. The volume of the stairwell protrudes, and there is an alternation between the surfaces with openings and the solid surfaces. It is distinguished by typological purity and at the same time combines classic rules of architecture with modernism, a fact that proves the deep knowledge and synthetic ability of the architect.

What I can't see

It is among the first schools built in the city after its integration into Greece. The school building program was implemented after a loan of 300 million drachmas when Eleftherios Venizelos was prime minister. These schools gave an opportunity for modern architecture to be developed in the city, a concept of which Nikos Mitsakis, architect of the specific school, was a fanatic supporter.

Info

  • Address: Karolou Ntil & Ag. Theodoras St.

Bibliography

Antoniou Α., (2015), Σχολικά και εκπαιδευτικά κτίρια της Θεσσαλονίκης από την απελευθέρωση της πόλης μέχρι το 1940: Η συμβολή των αρχιτεκτόνων και της κοινωνίας της πόλης στη διαμόρφωση του «νέου» δημόσιου χώρου της, [School and educational buildings in Thessaloniki from the liberation of the city until 1940: The contribution of the architects and the society of the city in the formation of its “new” public space], in Kairidis D. (2015), (επ), Θεσσαλονίκη, μια πόλη σε μετάβαση, 1912- 2012, [Thessaloniki, a city in transition, 1912-2012], OFF, PEEV, Νavarino Network, Epikentro

 

Kolonas V., (1997), Αρχιτεκτονική του Μεσοπολέμου, [Interwar Architecture] in Liontis K., (1997) (επ), Αρχιτεκτονική της Θεσσαλονίκης, [Architecture in Thessaloniki] in Epta Imeres, Kathimerini, p. 27-29

 

Tsaktsira L, Papanthimou K., Mantziou G., Kalogirou N., (2014), Θεσσαλονίκη, η πόλη και τα μνημεία της, [Thessaloniki, the city and its monuments], Thessaloniki: Malliaris Pedia