Our intention is for the old port to be opened up to the people of Patras, so as to operate as a continuation of the city. The creation of an urban park, with main uses of recreation, walking, sports, culture, education and entertainment for residents of the city. With the relocation of the port, Patras achieves a demarcated water area, closed and protected. Our intention is to highlight the water tank.
The proposal - idea
The Water Plaza is created in the space of the port storage tanks, and has the features of an ordinary square. The water plaza consists of floating platforms, lighting elements, water fountains and art installations on the water. The platforms could accommodate several uses such as recreational, open-air cinema, seating areas, small concerts etc. The serpentine path is a meandering walkway along the intervention area. It acts as a backbone whereupon all connections and pathways interconnect. This creates a parallel path-sidewalk in front of the buildings of the city, highlighting the remarkable buildings. The connection of the city to the area of intervention is achieved by removing the fence of the old port, reducing the width of the road, extending the major routes of the city into the proposal area and maintaining the viewpoints from the city. To strengthen the axis of Ag. Nikolaos Street and connect the pier with the “Trion Symmachon” square the road is diverted underground. In addition, at the Ag. Dionysiou Street junction a footbridge-square with a width of 10m is created. The pier of Ag. Nicholas acquires a different more dynamic shape and at the end of the pier an observation post - landmark is created, which will enable citizens to enjoy the view. The pier is gradually submerged to come into contact with water. The curvature of the design results in a new spot for the cafeteria. In the space between the piers of Ag. Nicholas and Gounarisall buildings are demolished, for the unimpeded sea views from the city, two pools are situated, as well as water sports facilities, playgrounds and an outdoor fitness area. At the Gounaris pier, an open theater is placed between land and water. The old building of the port is maintained and becomes a cultural centre, promenades and discreet parking spaces are created that are housed in part by the design configurations. In the area between Ag. Nikolaos and Ag. Dionysiou Streets, in place of the old hangar, a new building grid that will accommodate different uses is created as well as a dock to facilitate the function of the marina. On thepier of Ag. Dionysiou Street the city museum will be situated on the harbor side, overlooking the water plaza and the supporting buildings of the marina. The roof of the museum functions as a square. The breakwater is connected to the redevelopment area through a footbridge, which is widened in some places, and acquires recreational areas and a swimming pool. It becomes part of the walk. The visitor gets a different perspective of the city. The area of the fish market and the fishing shelter acquires a cargo space and car parking as well as a dock. The area around the north basin is intended for receiving cruise ships. Canopies are formed for tourist buses and taxis and enclosed waiting areas.
Location: Patra Greece
Konstantin Thorvald Barlas & Office 25 Architects
Client: Newspaper Peloponnisos & Patras Architectural Association
Design date: June 2016