This dissertation aims at the construction of a New Business Park at the “Western Entrance” of Thessaloniki mainly through the design and study of a 32-storey skyscraper (123 metres tall) that will enclose tertiary sector “open space” style offices at its core, innovative hi tech branches and commercial spaces at its 3-storey base, and a luxury hotel at its finial.
The Western Entrance is located at the Lahanokipi Western border between the Municipalities of Thessaloniki and Menemeni. It forms the city entrance which leads up to the historic-commercial centre of Thessaloniki. Environmental degradation is noticeable throughout the area and a wide range and incompatibility of land use is recorded.
With regard to the skyscraper’s architectural design, its structural system that defined its architectural structure, its interior function, and finally its aesthetic quality and form, played a vital role. Its various chamfered angles that are formed by the wire mesh make the building appear asymmetrical and along with its cladding of specular glass innumerable reflections of the surrounding area are created. Special attention was paid during the design of the skyscraper so as to avoid an “island” style building that stands isolated behind all sides of the plot. For this reason, an additional building was designed and added around the skyscraper, which will be used for recreation-entertainment purposes giving further urban use to its floor level.
Finally, the Recreation Centre combined with the suggested two “sunken plazas” and greenery areas form a business park that depicts the optimism for the development and upgrade of the western entrance area. It is a large-scale endeavour, with aesthetic interventions, financial and general revitalisation of the area’s urban net.