This particular dissertation is going to present the study that took place for the rehabilitation of the formerly water-moving industrial building which roofed the weaving mill of Faka-Gougouliana-Meska and is located in the “Ladomili” district in Veria. Also, a proposal will be presented for the reuse and conversion of the building into a Municipal Training Institute for Applied Arts.
Firstly, the background of the historic development of Veria’s city is examined, as well as of its industry; also, the industrial building’s development throughout the years is mentioned. This particular factory was built in 1880 at the corner of Pierion and Thomaidou streets in order to function as an oil mill. It converted into a weaving mill in 1920, whereas today is occupied by homeless families. An analysis of the old factory’s architecture and structure is conducted, and the building’s pathology is examined before the proposal’s presentation for the building’s rehabilitation and reuse.
Due to the decision for revealing the building’s primary condition, efforts were made to recall all the interventions that took place throughout the previous years. The new constructions are going to be modern, discrete, using new materials and will clearly indicate their modern characteristics. Also, the creation of two new buildings was considered to be necessary; their main characteristic will be the inclined triangulations that begin from the ground and rise up to the roof of the constructions, creating optical “peelings” of the plot. Green belts will be created in the same way. Finally, the construction of an underground parking lot.
The reuse of our industrial heritage is one of the most timely matters concerning the protection of the architectural and technological heritage, as well as that of the modern architecture. It may be our last chance to project and valorize that important heritage before it gets lost once and for all, as long as we project it and manage it according to modern terms and respect.