December 4, 2022

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Who is the famous architect who succumbed to cancer?

The woman who put her signature on some of the most beautiful public and private contemporary buildings in Athens. An architect with knowledge, imagination and vision, he influenced the younger generation through his work and breathed new life into the concept of postmodernism. Maria Coccino passed away today after a long battle with cancer.

In a couple’s life, however, working with the important architect Andreas Korkoulas, brother of the well-known actress Eleni Korkoulas, they created their architectural office in 1987, which became very famous in Athens. projects.

Among them are the state-of-the-art and special aesthetic building of the new Benaki Museum in Piraeus Street, the Museum of Maritime Antiquities in Piraeus, the new marina of Agios Kosmas, the square of Nea Smyrni, the Solomos Square in Psychiko, the Cosmos office building. Paina but has many residences in Greece and abroad.

“Especially when the building is public. In the apartment it’s very private. I always had a feeling that the keys were taken from me. When we were working on it and it was mine, one day it was taken from me and it was finished. But when we suddenly built the Benaki Museum, ​The day it was finished and opened, it was a completely different feeling. I’ve seen people holding something we’ve made, and it’s exactly like mockups. It felt like a goal had been scored.” He had said it himself in an interview he had given in the past.

Maria Coccino studied architecture at the National Technical University of Athens, where she graduated in 1979. She then pursued her postgraduate studies in London, where she lived for many years and had her two children, but also in America. During his successful career, he participated in international publications and exhibitions with his works, lectured in Greece and abroad, received honors.

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