Ferry Terminal – Port of Paros

Paros Ferry Terminal will be located in the central port of Paros.

New Passenger ships and the increased touristic demand create a crowded and bustling area especially during the summer months.

The Architectural proposal in this coastal part of the Island that transports visitors and residents dictated an approach that would not follow traditional standards but approach in form the needs and uses of a port with increased traffic.

The Ferry Terminal will be the first icon that the visitor will see coming to Paros and the last upon departure. The Form and aesthetics of the building is an important element of the whole project. The form chosen for the study uses an Architectural language with references to the shapes of ships and materials associated with them. A dynamic form that adapts to the port and creates a dynamic relief.

The Construction gives a feeling of a light building with airiness.

This transparency from the visual escapes of the City is also an important design element of the Study because the building has been placed there without obstructing the views from the City to the Sea and the bay of Parikia.

The buildings with the kinetic forms on their roofs give a sense of lightness to their volume and as mentioned above resemble the forms of ships.

The study aims to highlight the main landmark of the Port of Parikia, the Windmill. Thus, the large volume of a single building was split into three smaller volumes, leaving the perspective of the disembarking passenger unobstructed.

The views are unobstructed and the space formed between the buildings functions as a large waiting square and at the same time serves the exit of passengers from the Ships. This allows the passenger the advantage to gain views of the settlement.

The building complex is planned to be built with a load-bearing body of reinforced concrete and vertical glass curtains in combination with walls covered with HPL sheets.

The covering of the roofs is provided with composite panels with an inner aluminum honeycomb core.

Every effort has been made so that the aesthetic result is harmonious. The choice of materials was made with durability and ease of maintenance in mind. Finally, to the extent possible, local and domestic materials were preferred.

The Ferry Terminal Halls can become a landmark of the Port of Parikia and an ideal point of reference for visitors.

Cave Path , Cave of Antiparos

The cave of Antiparos is located on the southeast side of Antiparos, covers an area of ​​5,600 sq.m. The depth to the end of its access is 72 meters. The cave is a unique natural heritage for the Island. Its rich history, its geological and historical interest and its important and impressive decoration make it one of the most important monuments of its kind in Greece. The project concerns the restoration of the Existing Path, the widening of dangerous sections, the creation of landings  for better viewing  of the cave. The widening of the course is done where possible and in a way that does not require complex support structures and does not affect the decoration of the cave.The materials and the way of construction were chosen so that it is possible to build the project with the least possible intervention. The operation is carried out in the already existing course with reinforced concrete and the wide stairs are paved with Marble of Paros ,also special stainless steel constructions were designed in which the E / M infrastructures were placed. The shape and construction of the railing was an important element of the architectural study. A durable construction was chosen, made of stainless steel, which creates a feeling of security since it is sloping towards the visitor. Stalagmites and stalactites become the main object of observation. The course follows the natural formations of the cave without altering it. It is important that the intervention is obvious in order to easily distinguish between the existing natural habitat and the human intervention, This choice was made  in order to highlight the richness and the character of the Cave, and its important qualities.

Epikouros Public Park

The park is located on the middle of a bicycle path in a suburban area of ​​Athens. The configurations and the lines of the park follow the tracks and bikeway paths of Cyclists. Differ from the tracings of the Planning web, this is done in order to emphasize the importance and presence of the Urban Park .
The bicycle enters the park and makes a roundabout in an interesting pattern. On the north side there are ramps for practicing, especially for BMX.
The lighting of the park is done with solar lights, The energy needed for all mechanical systems is produced by Renewable Energy (Solar and Wind).
Overall, the space is transformed into a park. This will create appropriate paths for pedestrians and cyclists, as well as sitting areas and adequate lighting for safety exercise after sunset.
There is also intense planting as well as a water element – tank creating another pleasant surprise in the path.

Hellenikon Metropolitan Park

I    Principles

The site provides a unique opportunity for an urgently needed enrichment and diversification of the metropolitan conglomeration’s urban character, an opportunity that should not be missed.  Keeping this in mind as an initial statement, the metropolitan Park and adjoining urban developments proposed by this entry were conceived and designed with the following additional guiding principles:

I.1 The Park should respond concurrently in both the local as well as the regional scales.  This will be achieved by means of incorporating existing and proposed landscapes, landmarks and constructions of varying sizes and references.

I.2 The planted areas of the Park should include large elements of dense and tall green which will provide for small or large urban forest cores, as well as voids and openings of low brush to house multiple leisure and entertainment functions.

I.3The Park and the urban developments should be involved in a rhythmic, alternating and inter-penetrating relation which will unearth and reconfirm an existence of mutual co-dependence between natural and built environments.

II   Design Concept

II.1  The Central Void

The existing eastern runway of the former Athens airport is retained as an open space and provides the primary spine of the scheme through its metamorphosis into a large pedestrian boulevard linking the northern neighborhoods with the golf course and the southern edges of the park.

The void acts as a sign of regional significance.  It is a symbolic gesture which links disparate elements of the Athens basin both virtually, by providing a conceptual line of reference, as well as chronologically, by means of retaining the memory of the airport.

II.2 The Pine Forest

The primary landscape intervention of the proposal is the creation of a dense forest comprised of maritime pines.  This forest becomes concurrently the main body of the metropolitan park and the living lung of southern Athens.  The pine clusters unfold throughout the eastern area of the park, as well as along its western edge towards the seafront and the sailing center.

II.3 City and Park

The city and the park are involved in an interdependent relation:  The congested urban landscape rediscovers in the park its necessary breathing and leisure space, while the substantial green areas of the proposal are brought to life and animated by the buildings and the people of the city that surround and use them.  This relation is readily reflected in the design and geometry of the proposed developments and the limits of the park:

The urban developments take their defining street grids largely from their adjoining and respective existing fabric, and thus extend the urban landscape into the park.  Forming distinct neighborhoods with varying urban character and densities, the urban developments interlock with areas of the park and thus leave wedges of greenery which penetrate back into the city itself.

Amphitheater and Library, Air Force Academy

The New Library and Amphitheater are situated in the building complex of the Air Force Academy at the Tatoi campus.

The Amphitheater occupies a total space of 3500m2.

The main auditorium represents 1400m2 of the total, the Reception Hall 1000m2, the Lecture Halls 800m2 . The Library occupies a space of 2500m2. This is broken down into the reading space of 800m2, the stacks of 1000m2, the administration and reception spaces of 500m2 .

The structural system of the buildings is comprised of concrete walls and columns which support steel trusses that in some cases extend beyond the concrete elements. The facades are insulated metal panels and double glazed windows supported on steel frame structure. The roof consists of corrugated insulated metal panels.

Conceptually our intentions were: A/ To create a shell that interweaves with the natural environment in a unique way were order is only insinuated and not defined.

B/ To create a building morphology that through its cantilevered trapezoid roofs and inclined concrete walls refers to the dynamic morphology of aircrafts.

C/ To create interior spaces that flow into each other and enhance motion and interrelation with the exterior through the transparencies of the facades.

Paros Cultural Center _Velentzeio

The Cultural Park of Paros _Velentzio, is located in the vicinity of the urban web of Parikia and offers the possibility of multiple cultural uses outdoors and indoors.
The main auditorium building is an important element in the whole composition,  with its placement, it liberates the landscape giving the possibility to create uses and conditions in the large free space between the pergolas.
The formed open-air void plays  the important element of the whole composition, it delimits the whole composition and liberates the landscape by uniting it with the sea.
The Hall offers the possibility to create a space for events. The large square in front of the foyer is the ideal space for summer events with direct entrance from the side street.
The large covered paths that start from the sea shore  and end at the building area , signal the proposal. One path is organized with a reinforced concrete pergola and the other with a wooden one, creating a contrast between them.
landscape design is a dominant element of the proposal: near the sea  tamarisk trees and low shrubs, next to the main piazza flowers and herbs, at the end of the plot tall palm trees .

The Philosophy of the Cultural Park lies in the creation of a composition of outdoor spaces with different textures, referring to the Greek flora and the local vegetation.
A key element of the intervention is the creation of the appropriate conditions, in order to enable the effective participation of the citizen.

Rehabilitation of the Keratsini’s Coastal Zone

The study area extends between the old factory to the sea, an area of ​​over 150 acres, a coastal public space of great importance for the residents of Keratsini and the wider area.
The purpose of the study is to create an Ecological Park of activities with public and communal areas in an artificially landscaped natural landscape. Tree planting is a dominant element of the proposal, and is done with aesthetic and practical criteria: pines near the sea and the landscaped plateaus, deciduous trees, palm trees on the main path leading to the sea, olives to the residential area, cultivation areas for the community.
This landscaped landscape incorporates functions for the purpose of education, entertainment, information, sports.
A key element of the intervention is the creation of the appropriate conditions to enable the effective participation of the citizen. The new landscapes are thematic units that are intertwined creating systems, areas of activity of the users. The old industrial buildings are partially removed or reused depending on their evaluation.
It is a multifaceted synthesis of functions and situations with constant alternations and interpretations. Functions defined by a mental state map, a scenario that allows you to wander in all areas. The “scenarios” that can be defined are many and depend on the intentions of each visitor, however the most interesting is the fact that one can discover the events of the Park without a specific program.
A thematic map of wandering that floats between space and time is essentially designed. Situations are defined that signal these changes, for example, with the appropriate planting, the alternations of the seasons are recognized and, respectively, with the continuous movement and fluctuation of the water system level, we have spatial changes, etc.
The involvement of the user, and the activation of his activity is an important element of the planning strategy indicates the willingness to privatize the public space.
The architectural concept of the whole Park is subordinated to the individual activities topologically structured and can not exist without the active presence of each user. It is an architecture of wandering and mainly the synthesis of thematic situations.

Open Air Stadium

This stadium, located in Comotini, hosts track and field, European football, and 10,000 spectators. Facilities are located at the subterranean levels and spaces under the stands. The large metal canopies does more than shelter its visitors; it juxtaposes the mass of the concrete base with its organic form that rises to meet the sky.Inclined walls provide the base for the segmented metal structures. A concerted effort has been made to integrate the building to the existing landscape.

Paros Indoor Stadium

The plot is located in Parikia of the Municipality of Paros. It has an area of ​​12,104.00 m2 and orientation on the long southwest side overlooking Parikia.
At the entrance of the building, a large foyer is created, including a canteen, auxiliary spaces, toilets, disabled toilets and warehouses.
A large courtyard shed is created in front of the entrance area.
From the reception area start two ramps that end at the level of the stands. The stands that can be created can serve 350 people. The stands end in a space that functions as a loft in the central area of ​​the foyer.
Using the elements of the Cycladic architecture of similar buildings, such as monasteries, we designed a building with a multifaceted volume that adapts to the Cycladic landscape.
The large volume of the Gym is broken down into smaller volumes and with levels at different heights that are joined together by sloping levels resembling similar buildings of large volumes. The correspondence of the sloping levels corresponds to the scales either in the traditional settlements or in farmhouses.
The volumes go up in steps to the central part of the building which concerns the basic volume of the Gym, the basketball court. The foyer areas as well as the auxiliaries are housed lower, reducing the overall volume of the building to what is necessary. These volumes are plastered while the higher volumes are lined with white metal sheets in order to be combined with the plaster.
The floor plan also preserves the basic idea of ​​multidimensional volumes, creating small movements of the walls. in this way we do not have a single face.
The design of the openings is combined with the architectural character of the building. The element of repetition and standardization of openings dominates the design following traditional patterns.