The main goal of the concept design was the creation of a contemporary ministry that can best meet the needs of its users, promote socialization, protect privacy, filter noise and air pollution of the area and connect in the best possible way the building complex with the urban fabric. The requirements of the building plan, the outline of the plot and the building conditions have largely defined the basic guide lines of the architectural composition.
The two building volumes resulted from the division of the plot due to the mandatory uncovered area (M.U.A.) of the city planning regulations. The space between the separate building volumes has been transformed in an inner courtyard of public gathering and socialization, protected both from air and noise pollution of the streets. The courtyard was formed, respecting the M.U.A. while widening its entry points.
Masterplan’s paving, planting and accessibility design has been based on a grid of 1,2m x1,2m both outside and inside the courtyard. The new, vertical to Piraeus str., road has been considered ideal for accessing the underground parking lot, which is developed in 3 levels. The denser paving of the exterior zones of the plot dilutes as it enters the inner patio, while at appropriate points and in contact with the green zones, cubic outdoor seating at different heights constitute visitors’ rest areas. Green areas, which have been incorporated as a natural filter against air and noise pollution, follow the grid, while extending into uneven 60 cm wide lanes, thus giving a sense of movement to the space, a conceptually connected element with the speed and traffic of the adjacent roads.