georges batzios proposes water emerging monoliths for museum competition in greece
(above) the building emerges from a large body of water mirrors
all images courtesy of georges batzios architects

 

 

 

athens-based studio georges batzios architects presented ‘the time pier’ for the open architectural competition held by the piraeus cultural coast and received the third prize. the contest was looking for the redesign and transformation an existing building into the ‘archeological thematic museum of piraeus’ and the regeneration of part of the piraeus port authority land area, transforming it into a public open-air space and into a park with a closed parking space underneath.

georges batzios the time pier greece designboom
the ‘time pier’ project proposes a radically different handling of public space and its relationship to the building

 

 

 

the ‘time pier’ project proposes a radically different handling of public space and its relationship to the building through a minimalist palette of functional and aesthetic interventions. the operation was organized around a path called ‘the time pier’, that starts at the south side of kekropos street and ends at the last section of the museological program: an overhang on the east facade of the building prompting to the restless space-time of each civilization. the strong symbolic dimension of the proposal, with references to the port, is expressed by a large body of water mirrors from which the building emerges as a rugged monolithic shell. the building itself is surrounded by a homogenous shell of translucent concrete and stands out for its form simplicity, as opposed to the chaotic city, thus creating a landmark that redefines the identity of the metropolis.

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lobby view

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main exposition view 

georges batzios the time pier greece designboom
ground floor plan 

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section

georges batzios the time pier greece designboom
2nd floor view

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atrium view

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cantilever panoramic view

georges batzios the time pier greece designboom
site plan

 

 

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edited by: juliana neira | designboom