THREE SPOTS

Designed for Ananti City Resort, 5* Hotel in Trikala.

This project is about reconstruction of a part in the centre of Trikala. This part consists of three squares, their riverside area, and the bridges that connecting them. To begin with I propose:

  • The redesign of the three squares (Polytechnic Heroes, Rigas Feraiou and Kitrilaki) defining new ways of reinhabitation the public space that arise from the analysis of the urban activities.
  • The development of the central bridge which is metallic and arched, and it was built in 1886 by French engineers.
  • The design of an underground public space which would connect the three squares with the banks of Lithaios river and also with each other.
  • The redesign of a part of the banks that belong to the research area.
  • The construction of a new bridge in the position of the old Marougkena bridge.

The initial goal of this research was to ensure access routes to Litheon River and to the riverside paths. I propose three entrances, one on each square that will lead pedestrians and cyclists underground. A network of channels is designed underground to achieve the connection between the entrances and the exits leading to the riversides. Those channels will be exhibition corridors that promote the history of the city of Trikala, from the Ottoman Domination to the present. The underground paths compose a new public space, which will be open 24hrs. I also propose additional uses that reconstruct the underground, providing space which will house some halls of the municipality which will have particular functions, turning this new space into a visitor center.

The squares will be formed differently from the underground ... From the beginning of this study the movement of pedestrians was of particular importance, because these squares are a focal point of the city, closely related to residents’ daily lives. So the daily routine in these areas should remain unspoiled. Moreover I tried to create wandering paths in the squares embracing urban design elements and setting new paths. The aim is to offer squares sharing the same style and to enhance the ‘green’ public space. The interventions are gentle and environmentally friendly. The ultimate aim is to improve the aesthetic sense and functional quality of the city.