The theme of this thesis is the design of the new 'Archaeological Museum of Philippi, in the capital of this municipality, Krinides of Kavala. With characteristically monuments of Greek, Roman and early Christian period, the archaeological site of Philippi is one of the largest in Greece. The ancient theater and other architectural ensembles preserved as well as the Festival of Philippi make the area popular and highly visited. The findings from the excavations are kept in the Museum of Philippi and some of them are displayed but the building itself due to the number of the discoveries coming to light continuously from excavation works and other problems can no longer respond to this need.
The main objective of this work was firstly the design of a simple and functional museum with all the necessary infrastructure, in harmony with its surroundings. Furthermore, by the designation and architectural program to create a broader cultural center that brings additional activities in the region. The land on which the proposal is applied is, a region with several other uses, is designated by the archaeological area, the village's main street and is substantially the entry of visitors to the archaeological site. The reason for the conception of the museum was firstly its proximity to the ancient theater where the ‘reading’ of its parts made in terms of a visitor’s movement. The shape of the plot itself, the surrounding axes and access points also acted as a guide to make the basic form.
Thus, the museum consists of two levels with the main exhibition, periodic exhibitions and the cafe to be at the top level while the second basement has some auxiliary functions-receiving area, warehouses, laboratories, offices- and a part of which that communicates with the upper level, has some public space –library/archive and amphitheater. The skeleton of the building consists of concrete plates and a grid of columns while the walls are laid out by marble plaques (skra tavernitis). The building rises from the ground(1.5m) to provide light to the lower level through a perimeter corridor while the lighting of the exhibition is made by roof slots and an opening on the east side. The exhibition area (5m height) is separated by walls (0.8 cm), perimeter and diagonals transit corridors in four rooms in chronological themes. The entrance of the building and surrounding area is designated by a circular small square paved with stones where archeological findings are displayed in bases. To the left there is a low container with water and more bases, a low seat and finally the landscape is completed with piled large local stones. Finally comes a redesign of the lawn area surrounding the site and is added some parking spaces.