TITLE Ι ARCHITECTURAL COMPETITION HERAKLION X4
LOCATION Ι HERAKLION CRETE
TYPE Ι ARCHITECTURE COMPETITION- E.A.X.A
AWARD Ι DISTICTION AWARD
EXHIBITION Ι ΗΡΑΚΛΕΙΟ ΚΡΗΤΗΣ
ARCHITECTS Ι C.ORFANOUDAKI, M.ALEXANDROPOULOU, P.ARGYRAKAKI
YEAR Ι 2012
The chosen district, called Agia Triada, spreads over the south-west part inside the Wall of the historical city. Encompassing important monuments, our district is closely connected to the historical development and evolution of the city of Herakleion.
It’s enclosed by the the streets called Kalokairinou. Yiamalaki, Venizelou avenue an Arhiepiskopou Makariou. On the whole, Agia Triada is one of the 25 quarters of the Municipality of Heraklion and specifically one of the 5 quarters inside the Venetian Wall.
Agia triada, during the Turkish occupation, used to be densely built. In the end of 19th century and the beginning of the 20th, the region was reshaped to an industrial district, the first in the city of Heraklion, through the agricultural factories that were built. In that time, people who worked at the factories – most of them were refugees- settled near the factories creating new neighbourhoods.
Η περιοχή της Αγίας Τριάδας
The basic core of our concept rely on the need to create a scheme of ways and paths beginning from water and ending to it. Water is the reason for the visitor to walk in the district in order to be led to the sea.
The designing scheme seems to be symbolic and functional in the same time. The visitor follows a water main (while remembrance and symbolisms get activated), which ends to the terminations of the land over the sea.
This pipe conduct the functional structure to develop green (which is obviously missing in the area) through the Hydroponic process. Hydroponics is a method of growing plants using mineral nutrient solutions, in water, without soil.
Using tanks, rainwater is collected in order to follow this green system that is getting activated in the neighbourhood aiming to expand to the whole city.
Our first thoughts and designing efforts converge to our need to redefine the ways/paths in the city in order to call the residents to recuperate and redesign the public part of the city.
In the same time, by placing the water fountain in vital locations (the node of the green paths with the roads) and using its symbilsm about the social touch, we set as exident the need to restructure the social bonds. We design it, aiming for it to motivate a gathering of the residents around the concept of the neighbourhood, the city, the place.
The smell of a flower/plant outside our door, blooming in the rainwater that wasn’t wasted consists a form of consciousness against anything redundant.
Contemporary sustainability is getting structured in cooperation with the feasible, the usual, the public.