Lavrion was one of the few industrial cities of Greece. The city’s life was directly connected with the function of the mining company and consequently, the transition to a post industrial phase was problematic. The cityscape is composed by the relics of the mines, a carven landscape ending to the sea. Today the city is about to be included in Attica’s expanding network of transport by connecting the harbor to the airport by railroad.
This project proposes a railroad terminal which functions as gate of entry to the city and to the different means of transport that it connects, organising a network of movements of pedestrians, trains and vehicles, incorporating elements of the city, and re-defining the significance of non-place that characterizes the modern stations.
The process that was followed in project aims to deconstruct, reform, and inhabit the land. The main concept is to open up the earth in order to create architectural forms in a way that landscape merges with architecture. The construction functions as an organ that carves the earth. It extracts pieces from the land mass while at the same time it is called to substitute the empty interval that was created, shaping spaces which take in all the programmatic needs of a terminal. A new natural topography is formed, in which the fragments of the building can be considered as modern splinters emerging from the insides of the earth.