02 X INTRODUCTION
The project proposes a new scenario for Giali’s manufactured landscape. Giali is an uninhabited volcanic island in Greece. Mining works have extensively affected its landscape, creating many environmental and social effects. The idea explores the relationship between production infrastructure and leisure programs to reclaim the mining sites and create a new economic policy for the local communities. It is proposed to utilize Giali’s geothermal energy through an architectural program in which the energy production and the bathing element are the main points of interest.
03 X DESCRIPTION
The observation of Giali’s landscape, which was drastically transformed by mining works, was the triggering point of this thesis. Except for the tree planting scheme imposed by the legislation to reclaim the land, no other plan has been proposed regarding the island’s development after the completion of the mining (which has a fixed time horizon).
The merging of the manufactured with the natural landscape looks like a living canvas that depicts man’s imposition on nature. A primary concern was how different programs could be introduced to this uninhabited island sustainably, so creating a new scenario was deemed appropriate. It is proposed to utilize Giali’s geothermal energy through an architectural program in which the energy production and the bathing element are the main points of interest.
The geothermal power plant is a heat hub that produces electricity, meeting the neighboring islands’ needs. The waste energy of this geothermal station is consumed directly at the bathing facilities, just as geothermal sources are used by different cultures for purification and relaxation. According to a cascading system, each space is organized depending on its heat and humidity needs, from warmer to cooler.
Sigfried Giedion (1970, p. 628), in his book Mechanization Takes Command notes that “the way a civilization incorporates bathing within its life, as well as the type of bathing it prefers, yields searching insight into the inner nature of period.” Similarly, the design of the baths and their proximity to the power plant constitutes a new challenge that stimulates the visitors’ interest and encourages them to be informed about the origin of energy in modern societies, to reflect and to relax. In addition, water, smells, changes in temperature and light, and the contact of the body with materials and textures provoke different emotions.
The building belongs to a typology of constructions that explores the relationship between production infrastructure and leisure programs, and it is a hybrid where all the senses are stimulated.
05 X ABOUT
Dimitrios Mitsimponas graduated first in his class from the Polytechnic School-University of Thessaly. His interests focus on architectural design issues related to small and larger scale projects and the investigation of the human relationship with the landscape.
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