BLEND – redesign of the surrounding area of the Eptapurgio monument, National architecture competition entry, organized by the Greek Ministry of Environment, Energy and Climate Change
location: Eptapyrgio area, Thessaloniki, Greece, 2013
architects: Xaris Tsitsikas, Dimos Moysiadis
landscape planning: Zagka Theodora
MEP design: Alexandros Fragkoulis
The fortress is a heritage for the city of Thessaloniki and notionally accumulates memories of previous generations and history. It is built beside a well preserved part of the byzantine defense wall on a hill with great panoramic view of the city. The compositional process through gentle architectural interventions aims to redefine the urban quality of the area.
Modern architecture is the means for notional, functional and optical connection of the urban environment and the historical plot. The result is a livable, open air, quality public space that blends with the historical environment while encircling the fortress in an unexpected creative and adaptable manner.
The minimalistic design as much as the simplistic approach is harmonized with the use corten panels and raw wooden furnishing. The construction ages throughout the days and months in an identical fashion that the fortress has been throughout the years and decades. It transforms into the idea of denial the contemporary material. Driven by the surroundings, the composition evolves, matures, laughs at eternity and rust.