PROJECT : OLYMPION COAST
THE REFORMING –MOULDING OF THE SEA FRONTAGE STRETCHING BETWEEN THE RECLAMATION AREA AND THE 'HOLIDAY INN' HOTEL
CLIENT: DEPARTMENT OF HOUSE AND TOWN PLANNING IN COLLABORATION WITH THE
MUNICIPALITY OF LIMASSOL
DEPARTMENT OF HOUSE AND TOWN PLANNING :
- STEFOS PAPANIKOLAOU-ARCHITECT / TOWN PLANNER OFFICER A
- EFTIHIA AVRAAMIDOU-HEAD OFFICER
MUNICIPALITY OF LIMASSOL :
- STELIOS STYLIANEDES-ARCHITECT / HOUSE AND TOWN PLANNING OFFICER
- LENIA BEROU-ARCHITECT
- MARIA EYRIPIDOU-DESIGNER
- LANDSCAPING: DEMETRIS NIKOLAOU-ARCHITECT
- PRESENTATION: GIANNIS DEMETRIOU
CONCEPT: This project is part of the Master Plan dealing mainly with the town centre , thus extremely useful to Limassol’s everyday life. The necessity of such a project is essential for a complete approach towards the followings :the transportation network ,the functional connection of basic central areas ,the creation of parking places in central spots, the development of the Marina ,the old port, the Medieval Castle ,the zoo as well as other areas within the innermost parts of central Limassol.
Furthermore , the recreation of the Olympion Coast will include the construction of a number of facilities offering entertainment and relaxation to the residents ,while manifesting the beach as unique ,well known all around Cyprus with a prevailing, though, local character.
OBJECTIVE: The basic objectives of the plan are the followings:
- the creation of an organized beach which , in combination with a pavement walkway ,will be of service to both bathers and pedestrians .
- the preservation of the local environment and coastline.
- the functional connection of the coast with the subordinate land uses.
- the preservation and maintenance of the historical and traditional characteristics of the area.
The connection of the road with the beach is done via greenery and a bicycle track in combination with a pavement walkway. The latter, which is an indispensable part of the new sea front, will be a result of a careful design following the natural flow topology through the trees. Part of the general objective is the maintenance of the already existing trees growing sporadically as well as an enrichment with traditional trees of the area such as acacias and eucalyptus in various different spots .
The use of differing materials such as paving stones in the way between the Frankish church and Enaerios area ,forms the image of a unified square and at the same time, achieves the visual and functional connection of GSO ,the zoo ,the Municipal Art Gallery and Enaerios.
The proposed parking places to the north of the road and in the area of Enaerios ,where a multistory parking spot is to be created , will service up to 800 cars ,which is an imperative need in the particular area. The installation of specific facilities for the use of physically handicapped and people with special needs is also required.
The historical ‘Akteon’ is to be restored to the eastern side of the Reclamation and a wooden platform will facilitate the approach to the land where there will be a restaurant and an aquarium .A big wheel will be placed to the side ,from where the visitors will have the opportunity to view the seaside of Limassol as well as its hinterland.
LOCATION: Following a way from the west to the east of the coast ,that is from Reclamation to ‘Holiday Inn’ hotel ,the vital areas requiring reformation can be easily identified as they are presented in this project.
The establishment of the Olympion Coast as a place with all the modern conveniences to every visitor or bather ,pedestrian or organized group is a vision of the citizens of Limassol.The whole way will be a continuous change of colours ,natural images and motifs as well as of a variety of uses .
Being interesting and attractive ,at every point, is the main philosophy of the planning of the Coast.
THE AREA TODAY