20 Dec Ambalage Tower – Piraeus Tower 2010
Type: Competition entry – Piraeus Tower 2010
Competition team: Fluo design&architecture studio, Victoria Al. Lytra
Organization: E-magazine Greek architects
Location: Piraeus, Athens
The proposal constitutes a dialog between the ‘old’ and the ‘new’. This dipole is expressed in design terms with implementation of an extra layer of metallic mesh – whose transparency contributes to the viewing of initial building’s morphology as well as to the view from inside out. Its shape is defined by ‘blob’ geometry which is contrary to the existing one, signaling a new area for the Piraeus Tower as a sign building for the port as well as for the whole Athens. Analytically, the skin is running all over the building, while in some points it penetrates in the interior and creates internal green spaces while it reveals clearly the initial structure. On the third floor level, the membrane is stretched by five points and creates therefore shadowed free space on the balcony. In parallel, water element – area’s characteristic – is used on the balcony and water ponds are created while the rest is considered as a pleasant outdoor free space. Although, the external emergency staircase – placed on the south-east side of the building – leads on the balcony, it is not viewed since it is concealed with the membrane. From the previous reported tension points and thereafter, the skin continues vertically to the ground and it is used for media projection with the use of appropriate technology. Projection themes can be artistic projects or advertisements, and viewing from the road and the internal gallery attracts even from the ground level people’s interest. As for second’s layer construction, it consists of vertical curved elements that follow the mesh curvature while they are placed rhythmically according to the grid of initial structure, which is elected in the morning by this way. At night, building’s internal lighting contributes to the lighting of the whole area while it reveals its structure morphology.