New Farsala Square
Place: Farsala, Greece
Type: Architecture Competition
Prize: 1ST PRIZE
Architect: Eirini Androutsopoulou
Land n Arch wins the 1st prize at the architecture competition for the new Farsala Square
Eirini Androutsopoulou from Land n Arch office wins the 1st prize at the architecture competition for Farsala Square in Greece. This new main square is on track to be implemented and will be bringing (to the residents) an important public space to the heart of Farsala.
The proposal seeks to allow for the free, unimpeded movement, while maximizing the available public, open space. The design removes any physical obstacles and creates a single open and accessible surface from all directions. As a result it gives the residents of the city the maximum amount of space, by eliminating steps and any other obstacles and it allows for free movement.
A single cohesive open public space is created by a variety of carefully selected materials. The natural flow of the materials reinforces the feeling that the square is a continuation of the urban environment. One feels that the public space has always been part of the city while there is also a feeling of free movement which creates a nice and much needed contrast to the existing urban structure.
The new Farsala square acts unifyingly in terms of its urban environment, while receiving a contemporary design, which also functions as a means of highlighting the central weight of the square in the urban context.
The design creates synergies between the urban structure and the square. It receives the urban flows of the streets and diffuses them on its surface, turning it into a canvas of destination and movement.
URBAN STRUCTURE AND MYTHOLOGICAL PAIR
The city of Farsala bears a very important mythological reference, as it is the place where Thetis baptizes her son Achilles. In the springs of Apidanos lays today the statue of Thetis, while a new square comes to complete this mythological dipole between spring (Thetis) and riverbed (Achilles).
Thetis means springs (Apidanos) and Achiles means riverbed. The square is born from the river – Riverborn Square – and the produced geometry of integration of urban flows is reminiscent of a riverbed.