New design for the disused land along the waterfront of the Kavala city
Faliro was a granite rock of distinct character, protruding of the coastline of Kavala waterfront. It was integrated into a land infill during the 1960s, moreover, automobile heavy traffic, transformed the area in to a multi-road junction, 12 meters above sea level.
The client brief called for integration of the area into its immediate surroundings, upgrading of the coastline pedestrian way, traffic and parking improvements and the design of urban infrastructure and furniture.
In answer to the brief, the whole area has been designed as a place of recreation and social activity in the form of a large 'balcony' to the city, with several viewing points towards the fortifications and the city waterfront. The Faliro rock is being reconstructed as a characteristic formation on the waterfront via land reclamation techniques, creating a landmark and enlarging the public open space of the city.
Automobile- pedestrian conflict is being solved by redirection of the main volume of the vehicular traffic in being redirected through a tunnel, thus leaving ample space for recreation and pedestrian use on its top.
A monumental eastern view of the square is being created through the building of a series of arcs and waterfalls along the pedestrian and bicycle routes connecting locations east and west of Faliro park. The central pond with the shell-like glass sculpture is the transparent source of sunlight for the city’s cultural centre underneath the square with access from the tunnel, as well as from the pedestrian walk.