REDEFINING THE BOUNDARIES: LANDSCAPING THE AREA OF ALLATINI MILLS IN THESSALONIKI
TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY OF CRETE
This diploma thesis attempts to design the landscape of the abandoned industrial flour Allatini complex, in Thessaloniki. The old flour mill is located in the southeastern part of the city, at the municipal boundaries and in a short distance from the sea. The study area is adjacent to urban locations, such as the New Waterfront of Thessaloniki, the Concert Hall, the Poseidon swimming complex and the sailing club. The industrial residues are the reference point of the design, which aims at the integration of the two most important elements that surround them: the city and the sea, as well as the fragmented urban parts that characterize the area. The site is organized longitudinally into three different zones. The city zone is directly connected with the urban environment, the sea zone, and the green zone that works as a vegetated link between the first two. The interconnection between the zones is reinforced by the use of transverse lines taken directly from the urban context. The green element is part of the design’s structural component forming a special disintegration system from the city to the beach and creating different scenarios. The new materiality of the proposal complements the idea of the gradual parallel to the waterfront zones. The city zone is covered mostly by harder materials like concrete, while softer more natural ones, such as rammed earth and wood, are used in the green and sea zone, respectively. Regarding the vegetation system, large evergreen trees are placed at the edge of the urban frame as a direct continuation of the large apartment buildings. Smaller evergreen trees are placed in the green and sea zone in order to highlight this disintegration. All of this vegetated system of various trees, shrubs flowers and natural materials create an ecological core which aims to improve the microclimate of the area and to create a multifunctional urban space-park.