From the beginning of our design we felt that we had to balance between two facts: The one is that the school is European, has an international and cultural character and the second is that at the same time it is located in a landscape with a strong ''locality'' and thousands of years of history lost in the mists of legends and traditions. From this place started God Zeus transformed into a bull trying to steal Europe. The years passed, Europe gave its name to a continent and the island of Crete is the southernmost part of the continent. Our building is actually acting as a memorial connecting a myth with reality. We wanted to create an international shape, an arrow that will point toward the rest of Europe, origin and destination of the future students of the school and a constant reference of where Crete belongs now. We used the white color, an international and basic color that excludes any reference to world localities. The walls are engraved with European alphabets as a reference to integration and unification rather than division. Obviously, one of the alphabets are the symbols of the ''disk of Phaistos'' stimulating the pride of students who will learn that the first written text in Europe was written only a few kilometers from their school. Furthermore, the louvers of the school is a topic that concerned us a lot. As we have many louvers in our building we wanted to avoid the need of their frequent maintenance. We decided to use clay as their constructing material and the local craftsmen to construct them and revive an art which used to exist in the region thousands of years ago and nowadays leans to disappear. We paint them though white in order to stay faithful to our primary concept of internationality of the design but also retaining hidden the traditional principles and the power of the location. Our building follows the dictates of the international style, however, at second thought we can understand that it draws its power from the Earth in which it stands. We wanted our school to be multicultural but not impersonal and cold. It could be located anywhere but where would make as much sense the fact that it shows towards the North, it is white, it has the symbols from the ''disk of Phaistos'' and has the specific louvers and not some other. It is international and multicultural but with respect to the place where it is located.