“Piraeus Tower 2010 – Changing the Face/Façades Reformation”
Architects, civil engineers, students, mechanical engineers, designers, artists and profesionals from various other specialties took part in the open architectural ideas contest, which was organised by GreekArchitects.gr and DuPont, for a fictional facade of the Piraeus Tower.
The initiative of our architectural ideas competitions is the localization of urban issues at vital points of Greek cities and the attempt to resolve them through Architecture, presenting to the citizens and State the real proportion of Architecture in the real urban space.
For all the above, a Tall Building at the port of Piraeus that is abandoned for more than 30 years was located. It is a 22-storey building, 84 m. tall and it is known as "Piraeus Tower". The only tower of the area is "sleeping" in one of the bigger ports of the Mediterranean that presents a dynamic growth at the last decades.
The main issue of the competition is not the completion of another high rise building, whose completion is pending for years. The problematic exceeds the narrow limits of the dialectic regarding the construction or not of high rise buildings and skyscrapers in Greek cities and particularly in Athens.
The competition is focused only at the reconstruction of the external façade of the building in order to set off a synectic and clear position regarding the conversation of the Tower with the Piraeus urban landscape and how this new "facade" takes part in and partially forms the relation between the Port, as an important entrance and exit point of the capital, and the urban complex of Athens.
The objective pursued through the competition Piraeus Tower 2010: Changing the face. Façades reformation is to include the building in the urban landscape through the design proposal and to highlight it as the landmark for the wider area.
"The members of the Jury committee, GreekArchitects.gr and DuPont, wish to sincerely thank all those who participated in our competition. The number of participations exceeded every initial expectation, as 380 proposals were ultimately submitted, by 949 studiers from 44 countries. The fact that many participants actually visited the Piraeus Tower in order to gather more details and information about the building, as well as the inclusion of the competition in the academic curriculums of international technical universities, demonstrates how the Tower of Piraeus evolved from an ideas' competition to a research and study field project".
Vassilis Mistriotis, Architect
The competition Steering Committee:
Alexios Vandoros, Architect, Chief Editor & Press Representative of the competition;
Manolis Anastasakis, Architect, Organisation Head of the Competition
Maria Papadimitriou, Architect, Editorial Manager
Santra Kalliagra, Architect, Assistant Chief Editor
Simos Gerasimidis, Civil Engineer.
Supporters & Sponsors
GreekArchitects.gr would like to thank the DuPont Hellas S.A. Company which actively demonstrates its sensibility for architectural affairs. This company supports the competition aiming at architecture and creativity development in Greece through innovative products.