Open International Architecural Competition 3rd prize
The time pier
The project proposes a radically different handling of public spaces and their relationship to the building through a minimalist palette of functional and aesthetic interventions. The operation is organized around a path (The time pier) that starts from the south side of Kekropos Street and ends at the last section of the museological program: an overhang on the east facade of the building prompting to the restless space-time of each civilization. The strong symbolic dimension of the proposal, with references to the port of Piraeus, is expressed by a large body of water surface from which the building emerges as a rugged monolithic shell. The building itself is surrounded by a homogeneous shell of translucent concrete and stands out for its simplicity of form, as opposed to the 'chaotic' city, thus creating a landmark that redefines the identity of the city The proposed park, supernatant the parking space, displays as a virtual continuation of the urban fabric, an organization in parallel zones. The water surfaces involve with geometric purity and clarity as a component of the whole composition.
The program is developed utilizing the existing building structure. The interior of the museum its clear and functional and creates a sense of space that put forward in different ways the museum's exhibits. It exploits the great height of the ground floor and maintains the open and flexible communication between separate exhibition sections. The single thick wall that offers exhibits and teaching aids expresses special museography stigma of the whole proposal.
Georges Batzios Architects consultants museographical study consultants: Dr Zou Qiang (Architect) mechanical study consultants: 3G Energy G.P. (Energy Studies and Constructions)