Overland transport networks always comprised the main design axis. According to Marc Augé, “big cities are defined firstly by their capacity to import and export people, products, images and messages”. The design and character of the overland nodes forms in its turn the character of the city itself and comprises one of its most recognisable landmarks. The optimisation of the communication of the connection between the different nodes is a key element, in order to form a continuous network consisting of various transportation types.
The current thesis project negotiates the fabrication of a new urban node supporting the suburban overland transport types, particularly the railway and busses.
Currently, the established node consists of a disjointed system of three different buildings, the two buildings of suburban busses (KTEL) (Liosion Avenue, Kifisou Avenue) and the building of Larisis Station (trains). The present infrastructure cannot be recognised as an urban node while being part of an interconnected system of smaller nodes because any communication between them is non-existing. Additionally the existing sub-nodes do not relate operationally with the city, resulting to the creation of remote units inside the urban fabric.
The proposal is the fabrication of a new overland transportation node, which will underline its role as an urban gate, transcending its use as a node becoming a new urban space. Translating the existing character and quality of the urban fabric. This new node redesigned based on the contemporary needs and building technology aims to satisfy overloaded and complicated functional demand while hosting several urban acts. The proposal is a result of the surrounding environment, re-appropriating and re-designing urban public spaces incorporating them in the city as its extention.