Redesigning Eleftherias Square in Thessaloniki, Competition
The design proposal ‘when asking the city’ sets off capturing an experiential relationship between the urban history of the square, evolving over time through a procedure of scars ‘seeding’ the contemporary urban field, providing for:
Through extensive research on the history of urban transformations in the area, the architectural composition forms in three stages:
The urban heuristic mechanism develops as a conceptual integration of historical data and representation of coded signs and urban concentrations. The new topography compresses traces of movement and action on the square, by different people, at different times. A projection of exaggerated sculptural surfaces settles on urban incisions descriptive of imaginary space that forms a system of contours, not referring to a geographical but a historical, human and cultural terrain.
The proposal aims at the reorganization of open public space and performance of a new urban square, consisting of four distinct functional areas. An ‘urban node’ accommodating the ticket office and cultural info points, a ‘linear surface split’, designed as a sloping path leading to a level of 1.20 meters below ground level creating tracing historic references, running parallel to the ancient defensive city wall. Finally, the scheme proposes a ‘gazebo of memory’ emerging from the urban square surface points and a ‘pier to the sea’ negotiating a new threshold between city and water.
Architects, team leaders:
Anastasios Tellios, Despoina Zavraka
Stratis Georgiou, Arsenis Zachariadis, George Hussen, Yannis Kefalouros