The interior - Introduction

          In the midst of 1984, I began to separate the interior.  I worked with the empty space the exterior walls of the building create. The dimensions of the facade are 23x12=276 square meters.  There are three 40x40cm columns along the big, long axis. The height of the interior up the cement roof is ten meters. Therefore, there is an empty space of about 2,500 cubic meters in which I place my themes. This space is laid out according to the 36 theme rooms, which are incongruous and of unequal height.

 

In other words, the themes are developed functionally in the following ways:

Parallel - Ali pasha's slaughter on the first floor and Pavlos Melas on the ground floor.

Subordinate - behind the rocks of the Ali pasha's slaughter and above Ali Pasha's head, the rocks of Pindos are being developed.

Interrelated - part of Rupel's pillbox, which is on the right hand side of the visitor, is seen in the composition of 'the battle of Crete'.

          I first took to outline my first theme with chalk on the ground: 'the prisons' being 2.5mt high up the way we got here. I placed some bricks on the borders and next I raised 2x1solid polystyrene surfaces all around as well as the corridor partitions. I followed the same procedure to all the rooms so as to see the bulk of the theme and its functionality at the same time.
          It goes without saying that the preliminary work involved a number of drafts both perspective and axonometric ones, usually on a 1:25 scale. I made detailed and general scale models too.
          I also studied the functionality related to the themes -not always in chronological order- as well as the space morphology. I took into consideration the effect the first theme might have on the rest. I built steady brick supporting walls as well as two pillars, and also at a distance of every meter and on all walls I built bind beams. Thus, with the help of these materials I interwove the themes on the ground floor. On top of these, I poured a slab of reinforced concrete, on different heights depending on the theme. I made passages and openings for these themes having them prepared though to connect them later on.