The present diploma project focuses on the city of Ioannina, Greece, and more specifically on a suburban, lakeside and public area of 2.000 acres, which in its current situation remains empty of uses and functions. An area that was once considered as a natural continuity of the lake and that was interacting with it in a beneficial, for both sides, manner, it is presented nowadays degraded due to human interference against natural processes.
Our proposal involves the regeneration of this specific region and its conversion to a pole of attraction for the people of the whole city. The area is going to function as an Environmental, Wetland’s Park. Its design complies with the principles of a more sensitive approach, while the restoration of the ecosystem and its former character become some major themes to be concerned. The interventions proposed relates to evidence derived from a theoretical survey and to conclusions made by the analysis of data of the area.
Above all, a system is formed which incorporates and manages water in the park and includes stabilization lakes, wetlands and flooding grounds that differ throughout the seasons, providing a constantly changing scenery. All around this system, a movement network is established that is either touching the ground or rising above it. These routes are connected to two building proposals. The first one refers to a pavilion, designed as a sheltered, open-space viewing platform. It hosts an info point, an auditorium, a workshop classroom, exhibitions, a small cafe and wc. The second building is a viewing tower which provides different aspects of the park. All over its base, an outdoor, irregular amphitheater is created. Last but not least, the interventions are completed by a vegetation planning of the area.