CENTRE OF CREATIVE AND EDUCATIONAL ACTIVITIES FOR CHILDREN

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09MAR 2019
# TITLE: CENTRE OF CREATIVE AND EDUCATIONAL ACTIVITIES FOR CHILDREN
# STUDENTS: BAMPLEKI EIRINI, PAPADOPOULOU ANNA, PATKOU-PITSALIDOU EVDOKIA
# SUPERVISOR: Polichronopoulos Dimitris, Grigoriadou Maria, Michaelides Antonis
# DATE: 2018
# COURSE: Diploma Design Thesis
# SCHOOL / DEPARTMENT: University of Thrace, Department of Architecture

The aim of the thesis is to create a public space that is directed not only to children but also to the inhabitants of the region. Design solutions for the indoor-outdoor, public-private uses are organized based on the existence of the sea and the perspectives that it offers, as well as the rich vegetation that exists around the plot.

The project revolves around the reuse of an abandoned shell of the old hospital ‘Panagia’ and its reformation in order to host uses for recreational and educational activities for children. However, the most important decision is the extension of the ‘Olof Palme’ Park, which is located near the building towards the sea in order to create a continuous promenade and in hence connect the park with the building. Furthermore, it was concluded that the creation of a new building that will complement the functions of the old one, being a transitional and connecting space from the park to the old hospital was also necessary. It therefore appears that a project of this scale and form will make the center a pole of attraction and a point of reference for an area which, despite its prime coastal position, shows signs of deterioration, abandonment and lack of urban equipment. Considering the needs of the user, specifically the children, we see that emphasis on the human scale, soft materials such as wood and the integration of the outside space inside the building are of primary concern in order to create a safe public space without fences that triggers the imagination and spontaneous games.