Architectural Competition for the Cyprus Port Authority, 2003, Old Port Limassol
Architects: Constantinos Kalisperas / Marinos Vrahimis
Looking in a broader urban scale, the project aims to re-position and re-generate, a dynamic urban axis, unifying the old historical part of Limassol with the new old port Marina site.
Taking the old castle as a starting point, the existing topography is stretch through the old city, into the proposed site, like “confetti”, absorbing and allowing an interrupted flow of movement and programme “new and old” to unify interact and co-exists simultaneously within the broader urban scale.
Multi dimensional surfaces of the proposal are digitized into discrete units of paving, planting and lighting elements which are assembled into a variety of programmatic and spatial gradients, from hard to soft, paving planted biotopes varying density, height and colour.
A highly flexible range of programme is designed such as bars, coffee shops, restaurants, museums, exhibition spaces, to co-exists in parallel with the existing “old” urban programme of the area, taking advantage of the
endlessly natural shifting qualities and views of the sea side, transforming the new old port into Limassol’s missing social landmark.