Hellinikon Master Plan (unbuilt)

Athens, Greece,

The Hellinikon master plan returns public amenities to the Greater City of Athens on a grand scale. The centerpiece of the plan is an urban park occupying nearly one-third of the 620-hectare site, together with an expanded marina, public beaches and a network of green and civic spaces. Adapting the ideal diagram of urban organization of the Cardo Maximus, the major organizing spine and Decumanus, the crossing secondary spine, to the specifics of the Hellinikon site is the basis of the master plan. The Urban Spine, or Cardo Maximus, organizes all the civic activities on the site---a linear gesture at the urban scale, connecting a pedestrian right-of-way east-to-west across the entire development. Following the natural slope of the site down to the sea, one can connect seamlessly through the project, from the existing city fabric to the proposed terminus: a series of white sand beaches along the sea. Along the way, the spine is dotted with large-scale urban plazas and open spaces that guarantee a vibrant connection to the city’s public realm. The Urban Spine is divided into five distinct precincts from west to east. The Decumanus of the development is a 200-hectare urban park, which runs perpendicular to the spine in a north-south orientation and bisects the urban center at its midpoint, infusing the site with vibrant natural greenery. The park functions as a watershed ecosystem that works as a living organism, feeding and sustaining the flow of water and open space elements throughout the entire site. The plan utilizes responsive urban design guidelines for a sustainable and vibrant development, one that delivers green and open space, as well as commercial, recreational, cultural and retail amenities, to draw tourists and residents alike to this area of the capital.

Project Type: Urban Design/Planning

Client: Elbit Cochin Island Ltd.