The Competition task:
Regeneration of part of the Piraeus Port Authority (PPA) Coastal Zone – transformation into an open public space for out door activities: the Piraeus Cultural Coast Masterplan.
The study area is bounded by the Southern limits of the Municipality of Drapetsona and Kekropos Avenue up to the shoreline of the port.
The site is served by road access from Kekropos Avenue in conjunction with the internal road network, and includes: two warehouse buildings (future theme park and exhibition spaces), the building complex of Silo (future Museum of Underwater Antiquities), the stone warehouse (future Immigration Museum and history of P.P.A.) and the two dry docks for ship repair.
The landscape project borrows new meanings from the history of the place: the site is a huge port area, very mineral, the floors coated exclude any plant.
Mineral and vegetal lanes intersect with circular squares of different dimensions, with a slightly undulated surface that gives structure to the space and accentuate the water movement sensation. The circular squares are inspired from the greek theatre layout, offering space for interaction .
A big square for large scale events will be placed in front of the Museum of Underwater Antiquities
A pedestrian – bicycle route from Kaminia (Retsina) up to Ietonia Coast along the railway line of Hellenic Railways will be created taking into consideration an earlier proposal. The bicycle lanes will be doubled with a pedestrian lane.
On the south side of the site a ring shaped pedestrian bridge will be created connecting the the park and the archaeological site on the north side of Seeker’s Avenue The pedestrian ring will provide access to the monorail station 7 .
On the south facade of the Museum of Underwater Antiquities, a staircase connects the amphitheatre shaped public space at the last level of the building with the large scale events square in front of the building. The staircase is exterior, so the terrace is accessible even outside of the museum functioning hours. In that way the building is assimilated in the public space connecting the sea in the foreground with the city’s panorama, the building became a symbol of the port and the city.
The monorail line will be passing through the North side and along Kekropos Avenue. The railway line is considered to pass parametrically to the central passenger port of Piraeus. In the area two boarding stations will be included. East of the site boundaries of the future Museum of Immigrants and History of P.P.A. on the limits of Kekropos Avenue is considered to be Monorail Central Station.
Underwater connection with the opposite Leon Coast will be provided with the necessary urban equipment.
In a mostly mineral environment the trees (date-palms and ash trees) are aliened in a rigid network orderd after the position of the existing buildings – it’s an artificial landscape that respects the initial function of the area: a busy port with most no vegetation, an industrial decor.
The docks area is organized in mineral and green stripes – a vegetal planted sequence: very tall grass, bushes and trees in clumps