February 22 2013

Welcome to the New Cultural Coast of Thessaloniki, Greece

Regeneration of the Pier A-Port of Thessaloniki and view of the city In the last decade, many architectural projects have come to fruition in Thessaloniki, Greece. One that particularly stands out, and has a special place in many young people’s hearts, is the regeneration of the central pier of the city’s port.

This project started in 1997 within the framework of the “European Capital of Culture” program for the city of Thessaloniki. The first part of the project included the restoration of the historic buildings of pier A, which used to act as the harbor’s warehouses.

Today, one might find the following structures gracing the city’s pier:

The second part of the project was undertaken by the architect K. Oudatzi in 2010 and was completed by March 2012. The main objective was to transform the empty spaces of pier A into a vibrant public space that highlights the key elements, such as the restored buildings of the historic site.

Cultural Coast, Thessaloniki, Greece

Something that I deem extremely significant is the fact that although the architect had chosen a modern design for the tracing of the pedestrian paths, the seating areas, and the urban equipment, she also decided to incorporate the original blocks of the pier. Therefore, a mild landscape restoration along with a smooth integration of new structures was achieved, without tampering too much with the area’s historic identity.

The pier’s benches are also something that seem to appeal to a younger demographic. These have a very simple but particularly elegant design, and are also really comfortable. Another thing one might notice walking around is the olive trees – the trademark trees of Greece – which can be found planted across the area, and also the combination of the “wall washing” lights, which help you navigate around, and the more dramatic, almost “theatrical” ones, which turn focus to the historic buildings.

Every day the pier is filled with people of all ages and backgrounds enjoying the sun by the sea. Is there a place like that in your city?

Credits: Images by Ntia Vouvaloudi. Data linked to sources.

Dafni Dimitriadi

Dafni Dimitriadi is a student of Architecture at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece. Her numerous experiences in participating in architectural competitions have helped her understand the importance of research and design. She is interested in building and urban design restoration and aims to continue her studies in order to gain more knowledge related to these fields. She is an active volunteer and has participated in many interesting projects, including Open House Thessaloniki. She currently lives in Thessaloniki and through her blogs aims to explore developments associated with architecture and urban design.

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5 Responses to “Welcome to the New Cultural Coast of Thessaloniki, Greece”

  1. ilektra Says:

    I believe that the use of the restored harbor ‘s warehouses for cultural purposes is ideal. An architectural project that was embraced both by experts and citizens. A must-visit spot for every visitor in Thessaloniki.We are expecting your new post, Mrs Dimitriadi.

  2. Dafni Dimitriadi Says:

    Indeed, the restoration of the harbor’s warehouse is a great success ! Thank you a lot for your comment ilektra ! I hope you enjoy the next posts!

  3. chase your dreamsleon is awesome Says:

    Hello! I’ve been reading your blog for some time now and finally got the courage to go ahead and give you a shout out from Lubbock Texas! Just wanted to mention keep up the great work!

  4. Dafni Dimitriadi Says:

    Dear Josh ( I hope I guessed right!) , I’m really glad to see your comment! It made me really happy ! Thank you a lot !

  5. Dafni Dimitriadi Says:

    Dear Christie (I hope I guessed right ), thank you a lot for your comment ! It means a lot to me! Thank you .

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