The present research work deals with the study and design of a public open urban space which is situated at the junction of Peiraios Street and Ermou Street. More specifically, the area of study is defined by an imaginary triangle, which is formed by the archeological site of Kerameikos and Ermou Street from the east, the area occupied by the old Gaz of Athens factory complex, known as “Gazi” and Peiraios Street from the north, as well as the railway line from the south.
It is a design proposal that tries to support and emphasize the continuity and coherence of urban public space by encouraging the movement through the proposed spatial configuration while at the same time contributing to the connection of different places of great historical and cultural interest in the broader area.
The proposed spatial configuration is not just limited to serving only those who have a direct-local connection to the particular place. It has been a main goal for the design of this public open space to function as a space for movement and a place for rest and social gathering not only at a local level, but at a city level as well. Hopefully, this open public space will become a point of reference for the inhabitants of the whole city.
Tall walls, low walls, steps, trees, soil and water are the basic elements that were used for arranging and structuring the redevelopment of the open space. The general plan encourages for random and unpredictable encounters, movements and actions to take place, without following a specific programme. The architectural design does not aim at satisfying specific needs and functions. On the contrary, the proposed design explores the potential of architecture inspiring functions rather than just serving functions.
Architect: Panagiotis Zakkas
Location: Athens, Attica, Greece
Project Year: 2014
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