SUSPENDED OLIVE-GROVE

Proposal for Omonoia Square, Athens -GR

Architects: Panos Dragonas, Varvara Christopoulou
Design: 2007
 

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More than a public square, Omonoia is an idea, a point of reference for Athens.
The space underneath Omonoia is more important than the actual square. Low-ceilinged, dark and labyrinthine, the Metro station has been a brisk and nasty underground passage.
The design proposal reveals the train station. The underground station comes to daylight and acquires the possibility of viewing the city and the Acropolis. The square regains its circular shape, as well as the bright billboards of the 1960s.
The square cannot become a garden, as it was early last century. Instead, we propose the creation of a suspended olive-grove on street level. The olives are planted in large hanging pots in such a way as to offer shade at the underground station.

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