Neo Faliro SPP
National Technical University of Athens
School of Architecture - Diploma Thesis
Faliron, Greece | 5.5 Ha
Advisors: D. Papalexopoulos, N. Belavilas
Collaborators: C. Krekoukiotis, P. Mavros
2010 Athens, Greece
Neo Faliro Steam Power Plant (SPP) is the first Power Plant in Greece and was built in Athens in 1903. In 1986, fourteen years after its final closure, the majority of the complex and its equipment were listed as industrial heritage monuments. Ever since, the industrial heritage complex stays abandoned and neglected, and only recently was certified free and safe from asbestos, giving again the possibility for its reuse. Neo Faliro SPP is located on the coast of Kifissos River, the larger surviving riverbed in Athens. Its position at the conjunction of metropolitan transportation networks, combined with significant available vacant land, make it an ideal location for an urban design project.
The key points, were to re-animate the industrial shell itself, re-link the site with the current urban tissue, rejoin neighborhoods and finally reposition the greater area back into the map of metropolitan Athens. The new strategy provisions the transformation of the old plant into the Museum of Energy and Climate Change. This is a dynamic space that simultaneously narrates the history of the factory itself, and unveils the future of Energy and the Climate Change. While preserving the unique existing space and its equipment, secondary spaces are retrofitted and new architectural features are introduced, such as the new canopy along the central wing.
Along with the reanimation of the SPP, we propose some complimentary uses within the surrounding area. Those uses namely are: a “Water Resources, and Kifissos River Museum», a New Metro Station, a Riverside Promenade, Retail and Commercial Uses, and a four-hectare Park.
The aspiration of this project is to reanimate the abandoned Power Plant while transforming it into an attractor not only for the local community but for Greater Athens at large.