Rethink Athens (2nd Prize)

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The project understands the city as an ecosystem containing many areas of different characteristics, where open and green spaces are places carrying the opportunity to enhance natural conditions. It looks, therefore, for the city’s natural structure, where the intervention axis plays a very important role: It is the binding spine that connects fragmented green and open spaces both in a local and in a metropolitan scale. The spine functions in several different ways: apart from being a green corridor, it becomes the symbolic, cultural, social and economic center of Athens.

At the same time the project looks also at the local scale, the neighborhood, at spaces like small squares, public building gardens or terraces, pedestrian streets and several interior blocks; spaces embedded with a virtually infinite number of possibilities waiting to be activated. These ‘secondary’ public spaces are connected together through the main spine. Therefore, it is the operation in both of the two different levels, the local and the global/metropolitan, that allows the project to enable the possibilities of the public space in the center of Athens. The driving force behind this approach is the belief that the public space belongs to the people who inhabit it – local citizens, immigrants, visitors – and should therefore be delivered to them: Above all, the proposal seeks to create a place, an essence and to reinforce life in the street so that people can occupy it.

A cropped lineal architectural element, present throughout the spine, connects different typological interventions. The lineal element changes direction inviting people to discover the places behind the central spine, it opens the view to the monumental squares, while at the same time it organizes urban spaces and furniture. A variety of typological sections create different atmospheres along the spine with the help of plants, pavement treatment and material colors.

Sustainability is one of the primary concerns of the project. The variety of the vegetation employed, increases the biodiversity, while the vegetation itself works as a generator of local microclimate. The use of the appropriate surface materials allow for sustainable water drainage. The color of hard material paving is referencing the color of the stones of the surrounding mountains while the material itself comes from local sources when that is possible.

Different areas of importance are treated separately, while always connected through the linear architectural element. The Omonoia Square becomes primarily a place for people to meet, rest and enjoy the street life. Several green areas are created in order to accommodate leisure activities, while a large number of trees is employed in order to provide the necessary shading conditions. A café and a kiosk are placed inside the square in order to intensify the human activity, while a large canopy structure in placed centrally, becoming a landmark that can be identified with the square. The area in front of the Trilogy follows more ‘austere’ lines in order to enhance its monumentality, but at the same time the parcels of the three buildings are treated in ways that will allow people to inhabit them.

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>>info:
design:Kiki Ilousi, Oihana Iturritxa Kerexeta, Dimitris Gourdoukis, Theodora Christoforidou, Katerina Tryfonidou, Fotis Vasilakis.
design team:Nikos Karagiannis, Anastasia Fragkoudi, Fani Natou, Garyfallos Papadopoulos, Nikos Christodoulou, Maria Terzidi
date:2013
awards:— Rethink Athens Competition 2013. 2nd Prize.
publications:— DOMES is. 116, 02/2013.
exhibitions:— “rethink athens” Sintagma Metro Station exhibition space, Athens, Mar. 14-26, 2013.
— “rethink athens competition” Onassis Cultural Centre, Athens, Greece, Feb 28 – Mar 6, 2013.
Rethink Athens (2nd Prize)Dimitris Gourdoukis
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