Crossing the highway bridge at the south side of Aspropyrgos city in Attika, you never notice a pile of white marble boulders at the side of the road. These used to be architectural parts of an ancient tower which used to oversee the Iera Odos (Sacred road) passage to Elefsina. These ruins have named the nearby city of Aspropyrgos (White tower).
Abandoned after the expansion of the national highway next to them, they have passed to oblivion and only a well-informed passenger can take notice. This project is an effort to organize the site and bring the ancient ruins to the spotlight.
At first, a new passageway for the pedestrians has been designed, passing through the ancient ruins, connecting the nearby bus stop with the monument space. The new root protects the visitors from the busy street while creating a more peaceful environment around the ruins.
In order to emphasize the attention to the monument, a sizable metal trash has been placed over the ancient ruins that resembles the size of the tower if it was still standing. In the same way but with less height, the new bus stop is designed.
Using mostly natural materials, the landscape architecture of the site highlights the olive grove behind the project. The user is driven to the monument through a field of rosemaries and lavenders. Over the ruins, stands a preexisting olive tree, shading the visitors sitting area. All vertical elements and benches are gabion boxes using the local stone and blending with the natural soil.
Built area: –
Completed: Permit procedure
Location: Aspropyrgos, Attika
Renderings: Alexandrou Georgios