The subject of this essay is the building of I. Liapis located on the Dilaveri coast in Piraeus. It is a prominent building on the seaside coastline. An attempt is made to analyze the history of the building that starts from the old Villa Zachariou and ends in the unfinished building of I. Liapis in Mikrolimano.
Alexandros Zachariou was a civil engineer who studied at the Polytechnic University of Zurich. In 1910 enchanted by the environment of Kastela, acquired the area where he built the Zachariou villa and our history begins. He wanted this building, after his death, to become “Asylum for mentally deprived persons". Then are exposed the morphological changes not only of the Zachariou villa, but of the surrounding area itself.
The creation of the building, which was made by Professor Ioannis Liapis in collaboration with the civil engineer Dimitris Bairaktaris, is described in detail. An attempt is made to navigate through the plans by I. Liapis himself, but also in the path of its history. There are also listed, the history of the area's urban planning through the relevant legislation and the changes of the whole coastline, and the aerial photographs from the past. In addition, my view of the functionality of the building and its architectural view is presented in the framework of the architectural concepts of the creator.
Then we are referring to its current situation. The building is incomplete and it is worthwhile to look at the suggestions made for its use in recent years. The most important proposals are presented in the framework of the architectural competition that was held by the Municipality of Piraeus in 2015. The three awarded proposals for the final formulation of the building and the surrounding area, are presented within the framework of the decisions to modify the urban layout and the building terms, from the municipal Council of the Municipality of Piraeus.
Finally, my dedication to the building led me to the creator of it, to I. Liapis. The attempt to decipher his personality and his architectural positions through his personal memos, contributed in my opinion, to the interpretation of the building.