This diploma thesis concerns the restoration of the Valtsanis Mill located at the western entrance of Thessaloniki. It is negotiating the reuse of a historic industrial building in the city with the aim of reintegrating it and upgrading the area. The new use that will be given is a Youth and creative employment center.
The building program of the youth center is divided into three zones. The first zone concerns the existing stone building and has dance halls, sculpture and painting rooms, a three-storey library, an exhibition space. The second zone concerns the glass addition building, next to the existing stone building. This building is basically used as the main staircase, also houses waiting areas and individual spaces for periodic exhibitions. Finally, the third zone concerns a second addition building next to the glass building. This building houses an amphitheater with its foyer - cafe. The amphitheater can host from artistic performances to conferences.
Regarding the materials of the composition, the stone facades of the already existing building are combined with the metal, concrete and glass.
Emphasis was placed on the surrounding area of the building. An interactive park was designed, which combine green spaces, with paths and paving, as well as with outdoor activities. The outdoor area includes a summer cinema and chess, an outdoor music game and a basketball court. Benches and trees are placed throughout the outdoor area with the aim of shading, but also the creation of a pleasant microclimate, to which the existence of the water element in the form of a small lake also contributes.
In the southeastern part of the plot are located (58) car parking spaces in order to facilitate the visitors and employees of the building.