The Laurio Park of Technology (L.P.O.T.) holds a significant number of buildings ready for immediate host of new activities. The Flotation complex stands at the centre of the older “core” of the industrial complex (which belonged to the French Company) sited at the Kyprianos region. At this region, the procedure of the poor materials’ enrichment with the according method was taking place. The Flotation complex is being preserved almost at its whole, together with its equipment at its place, whereas the time deterioration is obvious.
A general principle for the renovation and the “adoption” of the new uses by the historical buildings, is that every new intervention must respect and show the morphological building characteristics, taking into consideration its structural design. With this in mind, the preserved Flotation complex was valued as an architectural characteristic and as a construction method of that period and it was considered that the preservation of both the special characteristics and of the methods and materials used at the complex’s construction was needed (as far as its preservation status allowed this).
The interventions needed for its structural sufficiency and for its response to the new functions, dealt with such a way so as not to change its initial form but also not to underestimate the intervention itself. The basic principle was the use of modern materials and shapes so as to join harmonically and to be distinguished with ease in the whole historical complex.
The Laurio Park of Culture and Technology decided to apply cultural uses to this building (galleries – museums along with the according offices and secondary facilities). This use does not imply to bidding procedures, and as a result the needs for the new functions can easily be adapted to the form of the historical building without the need for significant conversions. Furthermore, the architectural idea for the redesign of the building, was based upon the materials’ flow, which was from the upper levels to the lower ones –during the materials’ working-. This fact determined the form and the organization of the whole building.
The re-use and conversion of the historical Floatation building into a Conference Centre, achieves the goals of the L.P.C.T and this way the complex will become alive and will be turned into a gathering point inside the complex and the region all around.