The creation of a microclimate which is both comfortable and tailored to the needs of outdoor spaces, helps significantly in counteracting the problem of the eminent climate change of the world.

The “cool umbrella” responds to the naturalness of the space of a microclimate, as it is constructed out of three basic “ingredients” of nature: air, earth and water.

The trunk of the umbrella functions as a wind catcher as it “ties” up the air and by the help of water cools the space. The hanging plants, representing the earth element, which spread towards the East and the West, surround the structure thereby maintaining the cooler temperatures.

The visitor is asked to participate in the operation of the umbrella. By altering the position of the plants towards the sun, s/he becomes part of the composition of the “green” evolving walls creating each time the best conditions of shade and cool.

The umbrella can be “planted” anywhere … on squares, beaches, bus stops … anywhere where someone might need a place to cool off!


“Cool Umbrella” has been presented in “GREEN DESIGN FESTIVAL 2010” at Syntagma square.


























PROJECT: Installation for the Green Design Festival 2010
LOCATION: Syntagma Square, Athens, Greece
BUDGET: 4.000€
DESIGN: Elina Drossou
COLLABORATORS: Julia Desli, Chrysoula Helidonaki, Nikos Karkatselas
VIDEO: Antonis Kourkoulos
LOGO: Antonis Kourkoulos
PLANTING DIRECTOR: Thodoris Antemisaris
PHOTOGRAPHY: Vassilis Skopelitis, Studio Paterakis

YEAR: 2010

















dARCHstudio has also been invited to participate in Ecosmosis Exhibition within the context of the Against All Odds: Ethics/Aesthetics at Hellenic Cosmos Cultural Centre from the 30th of May to the 30th of June 2012. A video of COOL UMBRELLA is featured among work from eight renowned Greek architectural firms, with noteworthy projects in ecological design.


PROJECT: Video creation for the Ecosmosis Exhibition 

LOCATION: Hellenic Cosmos Cultural Centre, Athens, Greece

CLIENT:non-profit Organization 4Life Strategies 


VIDEO: Antonis Kourkoulos

LOGO: Antonis Kourkoulos

YEAR: 2012