Architectural Design Technology Digital Media & Computing 2006
The Underwater Installation M.A.R. is a centre from which is made the management of the maritime wealth of the west coast of the south Pagassitikos gulf. It serves the needs of the Institute of maritime archaeological researches and it aims for the education and the entertainment of the visitors. The fact that 8 shipwrecks are traced there, that are chronologically included from the early roman to the Byzantine times, it constituted the cause that the installation is placed in the location between steni Agali and the Tilegraphos creek. Its position offers directness in the work of the archaeologists and for the diving of the divers that are pulling out the ancient discoveries.
In real-time it is possible to observe the underwater work of the divers and their direction with the best way. The discoveries are moved to the labs of the installation where works of maintenance take place and then they are placed to the underwater museum.
The installation includes the following uses:
In the land
Parking places for cars and buses,
access from the parking to the jetty.
In the sea
jetty and spaces as dormitories of hospitality, rooms of storage of equipment, centre of education of new archaeologists and laboratory,
underwater museum, theatre and electronic library,
and also a stairwell that connects the over water with the underwater part of the installation.
Methods of energy planning are applied, so as the building can function with a relative autonomy with regard to his electricity and to reach airing of the underwater part. There are installed photovoltaic systems to the over water rinds of the installation and underwater pipes that bring fresh air in the museum.
The installation aims in the service of archaeologists of the I.M.A.R., the development of research and the management of the maritime wealth, the practicing of the new archaeologists and divers of the maritime archaeology and to the entertainment of the public that will visit it.