A regeneration project of a brownfield area that reconstitutes the coastline of the city and the landscape of Attica, a key component of the physiognomy and identity of Athens.
Works of flood protection and rainwater drainage of the adjacent inhabited urban areas are facilitated by the construction of an important wet channel that leads to the sea.
An open space that (re)connects Man with the natural environment, highlighting Nature’s centrality in Greek culture. A public park accessible, permeable, without restrictions, inclusive, and friendly, which accommodates in its 560,000m2 moderate supplementary activities – educational, cultural, athletic, touristic, recreational — that enhance urbanity and aim to create a hub of the Athenian public, social and cultural life and a place for social interaction.
Τhe proposed intervention focuses on re-establishing the strong continuity between the sea and the city. This is implemented through the displacement further south, and submersion of, Poseidonos Avenue, which allows for the creation of two overpasses for pedestrians and cyclists totaling 300 meters each.
At the same time, a relationship is established, interactively and symbolically, via the penetration of the existing urban street network (pedestrian) into the park and its extension into the sea in the form of piers; and vice-versa, with the penetration of the park into the urban fabric along green corridors.
The lightweight constructions of pedestrian bridges that pass over the swimming pools ensure the unobstructed spatial continuity, all the while offering multiple readings of the perceived image of the park and the overall landscape.
Τhe terrain, the uninterrupted view towards the sea, the Attic light, the use of native and drought-tolerant plant species, as well as the use of a mix of deciduous and evergreen trees create a landscape where Nature is acting as a “green lung” that dominates the park’s-built environment, which consists of lightweight pavilions and embedded buildings.
The buildings on the main axis, treated as pavilions inside the park, are characterized by transparency and lightness. With their distinct position along the street axes, the pavilions contribute to the intended extension of the urban tissue to the south and into the park, and to its gradual dissolution towards the sea.
Off axis buildings are embedded within the topography, functioning as horizontal fissures in the landscape, with their terraces constituting an interruptible continuation of the park’s terrain.