Studio Class at Umeå University
Studio Class at Umeå University

Kalochori Lagoon | Wetland Revival

This project was developed by Anna Argyriadou as a student from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (AUTH) and was submited to the WAS awards 2017 under the Facilities category.

The project deals with the exploitation of the Kalochori Lagoon through the design of a new wetland recreational park. This coastal wetland is special because despite being at the edge of the large urban center of Thessaloniki and facing all the pressures of it, it constitutes one of the most important areas of the National Park of Axios-Loudias-Aliakmonas in Northern Greece, hosting great numbers of birds and other beings throughout the year. The aim of the intervention is to seek  the transitions between the qualities of the context in order to form a unified composition that respects the landscape and enhances the multiple experiences of the wetland. Additionally, it offers the visitors a recreational experience, physical and spiritual serenity as well as the opportunity to explore nature. Initially, a smooth transition from the urban fabric to the sea is sought, and vice versa, which is necessary for the lagoon to be associated with the urban fabric of the settlement. This transition is achieved through zones that start from the strict urban front and are parallel to it, and end up smoothly extending into the sea. . The main intention is the composition to comment on some situations and to highlight some elements of the landscape. The new state that will be created should flow into the landscape and smooth out on its edges leaving the intense urban front on one side, and the protective embankment on the other. This idea is finally implemented with the synthesis of two organizational systems.  The first system is the aligned segments that intensely demonstrate the human intervention and connect the second system which is the curved surfaces either natural ones as a rearrangement of existing landscape or artificial ones imitating the ground properties in the three dimensions.