The subject of the thesis is the research of the landscape of rock islands in the Saronic gulf and our intervention in terms of creating a model to be adjusted on selected places. The Saronic gulf, constitutes a water entity with inaccessible “small spatial substances”. The character of the gulf has been formed by a combination of parameters. At first, the Saronic has a very important signification regarding the marine traffic due to its port Pireus, its industrial and port facilities and its close proximity to the city of Athens. We take into account these elements and we suggest an intervention which attempts the reevaluation of land by the reversion of gulf’s character and the redefinition of the meaning of tourism.
The structure of the thesis, is divided in three parts. It involves an extended mapping about the small geomorphologic configurations, the basic concept of our suggestion for the untouchable rock islands and the solution regarding the energetic issues. We use a variety of tools and methods for approaching the project (for example maps, photographs, models, plans and sketches). In this way, we catalogue and map the connection, the relation of autonomy or the dependence between the complexes of rock islands and between the complexes and the city.
By evaluating the characteristics of the forced semi permanence and the semi exclusion due to its rocky landscape and the sea as a natural obstacle, we propose the creation of circumstances of access and ephemeral habitation. The term of escape in infertile places of the “urban waters” of the gulf obtains a new substance.
By spotting the main characteristic that the most rock islands of the Saronic gulf share, which is the intense verticality on the unclear boundary between land and sea, we try to change the existing condition of inaccessibility and of non living. The whole concept is converted into a model in order to be readjusted to the net of rock islands that had been researched. This structure is described as an axial continuity that emerges from the sea and it climbs to the rock vertically.
These inaccessible sea rocks become real existances that revoke the model of tourist growth and are being offered as a proposal of coexistence between the unaffected nature and the human substance.