AA HONOURS 2016: PANAGIOTIS DEMIRIS, DIPLOMA 14 Excerpt
The Theatre and the Bay – A proposal for the Greek coast
21 June 2016
Architectural Association, London
The land was reflected in the bay and in the form of a reversed theatre, it poured itself back into the water.
The project deals with the destructive forces of tourism in Greece and proposes a sustainable alternative in the area of the Saronic Gulf. It is a territory of extreme historical significance, exceptional landscapes and ecosystems, however, a large number of unsystematic layouts of public and private use have fragmented its coastline.
A path was drawn along the coast, protecting the remaining public property: the last 50 metres before the land meets the sea. It expands and recedes like a tide thanks to the use of dry stone walls that allow its easy modification, given the aforementioned zone increases. Furthermore, a series of steps lead from the path to the sea on the coastline’s inaccessible and rocky terrains. Drawing people away from the commercial parts of the bay, the steps slowly rid them of their invasive human practices, allowing the natural cycles of sedimentation to return and the land to pour itself back into the water.
I cannot find the words to express the immense gratitude I feel towards the School and its people. Every.single.one.of.you will always have a place in my heart.
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Diploma 14 Unit Brief
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