REDEVELOPMENT OF THE NEW WATERFRONT IN THESSALONIKI

NIKIFORIDIS-CUOMO ARCHITECTS

Photos courtesy of P. Nikiforidis, B. Cuomo, Aerial Photo, E. Attali, G Gerolimpos, I. Kaktsis, G. Giasaris, Baltzis

REDEVELOPMENT OF THE NEW WATERFRONT IN THESSALONIKI

NIKIFORIDIS-CUOMO ARCHITECTSarchmarathonNIKIFORIDIS-CUOMO ARCHITECTS
Vlatadon 1, 54634 Thessaloniki, Greece
www.nikiforidis-cuomo.com
Category:
Landscape and Public Spaces
Project selected:
REDEVELOPMENT OF THE NEW WATERFRONT IN THESSALONIKI
Location:
Thessaloniki, Greece
Year:
2014

In 2000, the Municipality of Thessaloniki launched an International Architectural Competition for the redevelopment of the New Waterfront and in 2006 the construction of the 1st prize begun. The first part (around 75800m2) was completed in 2008 and the second part (around 163000m2) started in 2011 and was completed in 2014. The total length of the New Waterfront is 3,5km.
The New Waterfront of Thessaloniki is a linear place with relatively limited depth and big length, a fact that gives it the characteristics of a “front”, of a thin layer, inserted on the difficult and challenging limit between land and sea, between natural and constructed landscape.
For the waterfront of the New Waterfront, two major characteristic areas are distinguished, which set the principles for the basic choices of the proposal.
The breakwater: an ideal place for walking, without interruptions, without distractions. The “walker” is exposed to the light, to the open perspective, and has a continuous walk on the charming limit between two opposites: the stability of the massive breakwater – the instability and lucidity of the liquid element.
The green spaces: at the inner side of the coast, 13 green spaces were formed, as a succession of “green rooms – gardens”, each with a special thematic characteristic. It’s not about big “parks”, but “rooms” of small size that remind of the domestic gardens that existed in the area and used to reach the natural seashore, before the landfill of the coast.

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