ANTITOPIA: A HEALING AND MEMORY TOPOS IN MILOS, CYCLADES
TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY OF CRETE
The project area of this thesis is located on the Greek island of Milos, at the southwest part of Cyclades. The site is called Thiorichia (i.e. Sulphur Mines) on the area of Paliorema which is called ‘’inhospitable river’’. While approaching Thiorichia, the scale and magnitude of the landscape, full of distinct contrasts and boundaries, is apparent. Colours, textures and materials are in abundance and the area is made up by four predominant elements: the stream, as a separating element between the two opposing hills, the sea and the remnant of the mining activity. The design of the building as well as the flow of movement in space is based on the mining of the sulfur and therefore the area is divided into two sections. The flow of the mineral was the starting point of our proposal. The design of a new metal structure serves as a pathway that represents the mining process and connects the two hills. Taking into consideration the less than ideal living and working conditions of the miners, goal of the project was to reform the area into a site of remembrance while simultaneously turn it into a place of healing which directly contradicts the aforementioned conditions. Water as a symbol of mental and physical healing and thus, combined with the therapeutic properties of sulfur led us to design facilities and activities aimed at treating body and mind.