“Piraeus Tower 2010 – Changing the Face/Façades Reformation”
Athens is a historical city situated between the hills and neighbours upon the sea. The city has been established around the rocky hill – Acropolis. Acropolis is the main object in the context of the city therefore the buildings tend to be low in order to highlight the magnificence of the cultural heritage and its importance for the city.
Piraeus Tower is located in the southwest part of the city – territory of Piraeus harbour and the crossroad built by Dimosthenous and Akti Poseidonos streets. The tower has been started to be built 30 years ago and is still under the construction. It is a 22-storey building and is 84 meters high. It serves as the dominant of the coast development characterized by its height.
We strongly believe that the height of the building is useful for representing the city as the capital. The architectural mass is the issue for this building confronting the delicate graphics of the city. The idea – “erase the facade” would make the building lighter and more transparent.
The building that has existed for several decades in the city has already become an inseparable part of the daily life. As per our idea the outline should remain as it is. Removing the fragments of the façade would create a new look for the tower. The building function is to be changed from administrative into cognitive-cultural one. The city museum established in the tower would give the opportunity for the visitors to get acquainted with the new look of the city.
The museum is to be the main function of the building. We leave the vertical communication and create the ramps surrounding the vertical infrastructure and vertical art space. While following the ramps you can observe the city from different sides and heights. The “sky bar” along with the terrace established in the upper floors provides the visitors with the excellent panorama of Athens.
The parking will serve both – the visitors of the museums and the residents of the neighbourhood streets.