November 18, 2016
3rd Prize at the “Reuse of the old stables in the port of Thessaloniki” Competition
The project has the general title “Upcycle: Lapides et Lateres”, inspired by a saying, which is referenced back to Xenofon of Athens, mentioning that “…pieces of stone and brick and wood are irregularly dispersed, so that they are of no use anymore…”. The existing condition, in certain parts delapidated, of the area called as “Sector 5” inside the port of Thessaloniki, resembles the situation described by Xenofon.
The architectural proposal “Upcycle: Lapides et Lateres” suggests the very reclaiming of what is now a dispersion of building materials, industrial debris and functional relics. These dispersed spatial, structural and historical fragments are the foundation, the essence and the very medium of the restoration and reuse proposal. “Stones” and “bricks” are the unifying element, which organizes the buildings’ restoration, the new materiality of the surrounding environment and the architectural vocabulary as a whole.
The strategy of a literal reuse of these materials establishes a strong, coherent link with history, place and the conceptual background, that has been defined thereby. The architectural gestures suggested are, thus, a discreet set of gentle, delicate interventions. They generate a dynamic, cross-cultural reading of the place’s diachrony, through its constantly fragmented materiality. The project draws its origins to the reclamation of an experiental approach for the port area and the historical nature of its functions. The human factor, as a resident or as a visitor is in the core of the compositional procedure. He/she stands between the modern city and the history of the port, surrounded by its fragmented documents in space and time.
Architects, team leaders:
Anastasios Tellios, Despoina Zavraka
Artemis Valyraki, Penelope Gardika, George Grigoriadis, Iliana Papadopoulou, Andreas Papastergiou, Irene Parthenidou, Christina Stathakopoulou, Dimitris Chatzinikolis, Yiorgis Yerolymbos (visual backgrounds)