CLIENT Municipality of Samothraki
ROLE Urban Design / Architecture
Kipi and Pachia Ammos are two remote yet popular beaches on the northern island of Samothraki. The local municipality decided to take control over the interventions made on these locations to provide basic facilities without harming the natural surroundings. This double assignment offered us a busy winter designing for the summers to come.
“Kipi” is a 1.2 km long beach that wraps around a barren peninsula backed by tall mountains. The landscape is dominated by the mountain ridge profile, the meandering road, the tip of the peninsula and the distant horizon line.
Our contribution to this landscape is a long and linear construction that acts as a filtering zone between the parking area and the beach. The amenities are housed in a tapering volume that is sandwiched between two walls. The whole construction can be walked over as its two pointed tips dip into the ground to create ramps. When on top, the visitors can finally make sense of this vast stretching landscape.
The vast beach of “Pachia Ammos” is exposed to the sun without much vegetation or shading. It is also the end point of different streams that carry sediment from the mountains during the rainy seasons. As a result long scars on the terrain make some of its parts hard to access.
Our study of inserting public amenities on this landscape deals with restoring some human measure across these raw conditions. Our design is akin to acupuncture in that none of the structures comes in contact with the topography, they rather hover above it, supported on pillars.
Co-designed with Stefanos Nasopoulos & Katerina Chryssanthopoulou