PORT PASSENGER STATION on islands of Cyclades
A passengers’ station for the ports of the islands of Cyclades complex, that unifies the island-hopping experience.
- Year : 2014
- Function: Port Passengers’Station
- Site location: Cyclades, Greece
- Nationality: Greek
- City and date of birth: Iacovina_Athens, 22nd january 1989, Thalia_Athens, 17th May 1989
- University / Institution : National Technical University of Athens
- Tutors: Tasis Papaioannou, Tsakanika Eleftheria, Vasilatos Panagiotis, Io Karydi
- Contacts: Iacovina_i.firstname.lastname@example.org, Thalia_sthalia18@hotmail.com
With the dream of a traveller island-hopping, wandering from one island to another, we propose a network of structures for each port of the islands of Cyclades in the Aegean Sea. These structures will be erected on the piers with similar form and common materiality and will be a reference point to each traveller. Considering the port as the intermediate space between the journey and the destination, as the entrance gate, we design the cease of travellers’ flows the moment when a ship anchors the coast. The subject of that diploma project is the design of a generated structure based on a specific type of pier. The process of the design is based on two parameters, the mobility of the passengers and the geometry of the pier, in order to define a criterion for the design mutations of the station from port to port. Τhe appearance of an organic-like wooden structure was conceived primarily in section between 4 parallel surfaces that curve and create an inhabitable new topography oriented at the linear axis ship-inland. The station is organised in three levels. At the main floor of passenger movement, there are one continuous connecting observation-sitting deck for the visitors and two in-between sitting decks which control the mobility flows. The linear protected space contains lobbies and operational areas, including refreshment area, exhibition/shop of local products, information and luggage areas. The contours of the building are in fact generated by a single circulation scheme (axis – circle) among the sloping walls that dictate spatial organization. The urban context of the Greek islands is reflected on conceiving of the different parts of the station as one base-centered (coherent) structure. The design process of the station was based on a parameter-oriented design methodology defining the relevant geometric relationships among elements and the measurements giving priority to the functionality of its parts. Its structural elements come from the section of wooden shipbuilding.
The station constitutes a ‘new ground’ onto the existing pier. It was a study / experimentation on how new typologies of transportation infrastructure projects emerged throughout the network of Aegean islands. It is a today’s burning issue regarding the contemporary tourism model of a consuming lifestyle opposite to a conscious sustainable strategy which would be capable of preserving the character of that heritage.
- Author: Iacovina Kodeza & Thalia Sachinidi