This diploma thesis explores the interaction of a university institution within the boundaries of a city. This effect becomes evident in the city of Volos where the university evolves multiple in the urban web, with the active grid of buildings, facilities and the university community shaping its environment, and defining the urban landscape. The students, with their desires and needs give a new rhythm, penetrate in most sectors of the social fabric of the city and shape the city life.
The aim of the project is to create a new centre for education, work and residence that will consolidate and complement the existing "network" of university facilities in the city of Volos. This centre will create direct synergies, primarily among the students themselves, the inhabitants of the surrounding space, and furthermore an osmosis with the entire urban area.
This concept is materialized with the design of three new university departments, a student residence, and a coworking space. The buildings are contained within a recreation park that is addressed to the whole city. Wooden pavilions are placed in the park that trigger activities for recreation and relief.
This installation is placed at the grounds of the old Cotton Mill in Nea Ionia, reusing the old abandoned shells that today constitute a blank zone which disrupt the continuity of the surrounding area with the urban space.
The concept formation was enriched with the findings of a survey addressed to the future users of the site.