KOUM KAPI

Regeneration of Koum Kapi Waterfront, Chania -GR

Participation in architectural competition, 2013

Architects: Panos Dragonas, Varvara Christopoulou
Associates: Katerina Christopoulou, Leonidas Kalpaxidis, Konstantinos Tzioras
 

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A new waterfront promenade is proposed at Koum Kapi, which is accessible to all citizens, pedestrians, cyclists and people with mobility problems.

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The promenade connects a network of public spaces of different character. Each of the new spaces meets different requirements and is adapted to the specific characteristics of the Koum Kapi waterfront area.

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In the western zone, a walkway is created between the new linear shades.

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In the irregular urban fabric of the central zone, a sequence of public spaces is created that is connected by a zigzag, multi-functional bench.

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Finally, the regeneration of the eastern zone focuses on the recreational activities of the sandy beach. The area of the beach is extended by new seating and sunbathing steps and other services for the bathers.

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The design proposal emphasizes the sustainable development of the waterfront area. Pedestrians and bicycles are prioritized, while car traffic is limited to the needs of delivery and emergency vehicles. The existing economic activities are maintained at their largest part. The need for shading and wind protection, is covered by simple economical solutions such as tents and coastal planting.

Landscape design: Thomas Doxiadis, Terpsi Kremali

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