Architectural Competition Entry to design a multipurpose Community Centre in the former Papafi Stables of Toumba - Thessaloniki / 2018
Client: Municipality of Thessaloniki
Design Team: Efi Karioti, Mary Skouloudi, Architects
Assistants: Eleni Antoniadou, Fanis Georgiadis, Alex Hecht, Dimitris Kaproukranidis, Students of Architecture
Mechanical Engineering Study: Athena Sivi, Electrical Engineer
Structural Engineer: Costis Chatzopoulos REMODE
The new multipurpose Community Centre will contain the following uses:
Kindergarden, Municipal Library
Administration Office spaces
Multifunctional spaces for volunteer associations
Exhibition space dedicated to the history of Toumba
Residential building for refugee families
Open Care Center for the Elderly
Primary Health Care Center
Parking lot (2 levels, situated in the basement)
Auxiliary spaces (storage, etc)
The multipurpose community center will serve a large number of city residents daily and has to provide carefully balanced space allocation to serve numerous functions. Coexistence of a variety of services with different operation hours and diverse users, calls for identification, prioritarization and addressing of modes of use. Simultaneously, we aim in downsizing the scale of the project and its careful integration with the surrounding urban environment.
We incorporate the internal courtyard as key design element which is also the basic characteristic of the historic Municipal Stables Complex situated in the lot.
DOWNSIZING - A CITY MODEL
Scale in space
The buildings' volumes incorporate voids and reciding upper floors to keep height lower than the surrounding buildings and reduce scale impact. The complex ground floor entrance elevation is uniform for all buildings to enable better circulation and bridges elevation fluctuation across the lot .
Scale in time
The complex acts as a city miniature for the children to explore and incorporates graphic design pattern on the building elevation simulating children's drawings of a city neighborhood /or the stable buildings that will be demolished to make way for the new development. Use o color is a key design tool.
Green areas form a percentage of the open space of the complex, namely the internal courtyardand which features green beds next to the buildings and a wide grass paver pathway crossing the courtyard. The small adjacent park and the new kinderagarden playgrounds are blending togeteher in the new lanscape design. Green is an inherent element in buildings facades with numerous patios with plant spots. The lush green of the streams in the district of Toumba, that form their own microclimate and ecosystems, inspire us to recreate a similar "green invasion" in the urban block.