The field of the diploma project is Thessaloniki’s east waterfront: from the Concert Hall to the Poseidonio Athletic Center.
This inquiry started from the necessity and the attempts that seem to be taking place recently towards the redefining of Thessaloniki’s role in the Balkan, as well as the European standards, as a major pole of metropolitan development. The city is expected to form a program - guideline, which will allow its integration to the 21st century expectations as a city of international attraction. The intensification of the relationship with the sea and the highlight of the waterfront are significant factors for this potential.
Until recently, the city had a flat relation with the sea. The waterfront had never been an element of an holistic design approach. In 2001, the Municipality of Thessaloniki decides to create a European architectural competition. The 1st prize for the redesign and the renewal of the new Thessaloniki’s waterfront wins the design of P. Nikiforidis and B. Cuomo. The construction of the new waterfront, in the way that all of us know and experience, was completed in December 2013.
However, the question of reclaiming and redesigning the new waterfront’s east end remains open. Consequently, it becomes really obvious the essentiality for creating a locus - pole of cultural and socio-economic accumulation in the east part of the city. This place firstly will establish the main role of the new waterfront as the link between two destinations, and eventually will equilibrate the one-sided activity and development of Thessaloniki’s historical center.