Status: Architectural Competition / Ministry of Environment, Energy & Climate Change, Stavros Niarchos Foundation
Program: Landmark, Leisure
Location: Faliro Bay, Peiraeus, Greece
Architect: Leonidas Papalampropoulos
Team: Georgia Syriopoulou
Structural Engineer: Marinos Kattis
Honourable mention | National professional competition | Ministry of Environment, Energy & Climate Change | Stavros Niarchos Foundation | 2012
Honourable Mention in the category "Best project of the years 2009-2013" | DOMÉS International Review of Architecture
The term “CULTURE TERMINAL” refers to the notion of traveling as it is registered both allegorically and literally in the context of a terminal station.
The time of the city becomes personal time during the wait at the terminal thus creating parallel illusionary virtual realities.
The Culture Terminal generates a condensed narrative at the end of the cultural axis where the expected new character of the site as a cohesive landmark can be materialized.
The design principles are summarized as follows:
The generation of a narrative (Terminal) on the Cultural Axis
The question of generating recognizable form turns into a question of finding semiotic rules that arise from the narrative.
The structure functions simultaneously as a viewing point and a viewing device (an object to look at and an object with which to look)
The technology of -lighter than air- structures (BLIMPS) is chosen as the primary structure for the apparatus (creation of the balcony).
The Apparatus is divided into two parts:
1. WAIT / The pier platform function as a culture and exhibition space (arrivals) while the elevated terrace contains the restaurant and the docking area for the blimp (departures)
2. TRAVEL / The suspended Blimp Balcony functions as a viewing device that provides access to the city and the landscape and
a supporting structure for cultural events and performances