The following degree thesis concerns to the design of new facilities for the Yacht Club of Kalamaki (NOK) at Alimos Marina.
Taking into consideration the importance maritimeand sports activities have for a country such as Greece, the history of the Yacht Club of Kalamaki as well as the fact that the existing facilities are not adequate enough, a new building is proposed, which will be able to cater for the needs of a modern yacht club.
The waterfront is a significant location not only for the residents but also for the visitors of the surrounding area. Therefore, it cannot only exist as a mooring location for yachts and vessels, but it should also signal an attraction, a vital place which will accommodate human activities.
The main concept of this proposal is the development of a building with a strong public nature. Apart from the sports club, it will also contain spaces for entertainment, relaxation, educational and culture.
Morphological, the building consists of two main volumes. The first one, occupies the larger part of the ground floor whereas the second one is a dynamic cantilever which is located relatively higher. Between these two volumes, a large, outdoor, public space is created. The aforementioned space is a ramp which offers the public the opportunity to walk, relax and stand while simultaneously they can view and observe either towards the marina or the open sea. On the west part of the building, at the volume which constitutes the cantilever, exists a second notable public space, directly connected with the ramp via a stairway. That space can be identified as an observatory and is oriented towards the direction yachts follow once they either enter or exit the marina.
The buildings uses includes areas for exhibitions, seminars and speeches, lecture halls, office spaces, storage facilities for the equipment of the nautical club, lockers, gym facilities, a static rowing centre for the athletes’ training sessions, a small shop, a restaurant as well as a parking space. The building premises can be used not only by the athletes but also by numerous social groups since it accommodates a programme with multiperspectival character.
The main intention was the design of a building which could constitute a landmark of Attica’s broader waterfront. A building which will redefine the public nature of the area and will highlight the Yacht Club as a 24/7 destination with its sports, recreation, culture and relaxation purposes.