Kalamaria is an area and municipality on the southeastern end of Thessaloniki and is considered to be primarily a neighborhood of refugees from Asia Minor. Since 1925 and in just a few years the refugees who carried their knowledge and love for fishing have managed to turn Aretsou into a holiday destination. In the summers, the beaches were bustling with people and dozens of entertainment and focus areas were formed on the coastal front. In the 1960s, the Greek National Tourism Organization created the plage of Aretsou, which was a favorite destination and in the 1970s a marina was created. Bathing was gradually banned, but Aretsou was still one of the most famous entertainment destinations until the beginning of 2000. The economic crisis, coupled with a lack of maintenance, caused a huge recession and the region gradually lost its glory.
This diploma thesis aims to create a new facility, aimed at the inhabitants of the area, with the main axis the water and the sea, which will attract the general public again. The intervention site selected is far from the plage, particularly in a part of the marina, since the character of the operation is different from what the area once had.
Issues that were considered important and solved were the high altitude difference between the central artery of Nikolaou Plastiras and the Marina (14m), the lack of activity during the winter months, the protected forest - parallel to the central artery - area, which is a tough limit , as well as the failure to meet the needs of the existing facilities. Remodeling is not yet an urban landscape, nor a simple composition. To meet these needs, a hybrid facility was created, capable of meeting the needs.
Mainly the bathing facilities - both indoor and outdoor -, a restaurant and a culture center (library, childrens room, exhibition area, multi-purpose venue, cultural club, outdoor cinema), as well as multiple open-air and semi-outdoor facilities (playground, botanical garden, amphitheater) the proposal meets several needs throughout the year, while maintaining mobility during the winter months. This provides a second opportunity for the region to be re-emerged as an attractive destination for the public, but also for the inhabitants to interact with the water element again.