The subject of this thesis is the construction of a camping site for children located in the community of Mandraki, prefecture of Serres.
The selection of the particular subject stands on the community’s decision in collaboration with the municipality of Ampelokipi, Thessaloniki to construct a camping site. The relevant application was submitted to the municipality in 1999; an area of 20.000m2 was granted by the community of Madraki as well. The area is situated at the side of mountain Belles, north of Kerkini lake in a wooded area. The site is very close to the lake which comprises one of the most important aquatic lands in the country.
The camp can put up 260 children (130 boys, 130 girls) aged 6-12. Its facilities consist of 26 dorms, those of the camp’s chief, guard and personnel; kitchen, dinning area, arts music and theater rooms respectively, sports and fitness rooms, library, infirmary, church, restrooms and shower rooms. Furthermore, sports facilities are also available that consist of a soccer court 5x5, 2 volley and 3 basketball courts; semi-outdoor areas that include table tennis, billiards and arcade games.
As far as the construction of the facilities is concerned, the project’s fundamental principle lies in the respect towards the natural environment and the construction’s accession into it. Thus the aim of this construction is the building of ground floor facilities that will not create a violent impact to the surrounding environment and will not cause any alterations in the view of the landscape.
Therefore, a light structure is recommended which can be easily reversed without any substantial alterations in the morphology of the area. Wood and rocks are the dominant building materials as it is thought they fit amicably to the surrounding natural environment of greenery and have direct connection with the aquatic element.