The Municipality of Athens announced this week that it would be launching two open competitions for architectural ideas concerning the revamp of three central squares and public spaces ahead of new metro operations.
More specifically, the City of Athens is inviting architects to submit proposals for the overhaul of Kolonaki, Exarchia and Kypseli squares which will be carried out once works on Line 4 of the Athens metro in all three areas are completed.
The municipality is also calling for proposals for the overhaul of the public spaces in front of the Acadimia, Evangelismos, Alexandras and Dikastiria stations.
The two competitions will take place separately in two phases. The first opening this week (May 29) and the second to be announced on June 12, 2023.
The aim of the open competitions is to ensure a unique aesthetic “identity” is preserved for each of the squares and the stations.
“Metro Line 4 is not only an exemplary transportation project with environmental benefits set to change for the better city operations and the daily life of thousands of Athenians. It is also project that can serve as European model,” said Athens Mayor Kostas Bakoyannis.
According to the municipality’s Anaplasi SA which will oversee the competition procedure, the goal is to select designs with a modern architectural approach that will ensure functionality, aesthetic quality and construction excellence with the aim of upgrading the urban public space, including the stations and surrounding areas. Among others, eligible proposals will also have to ensure full accessibility to people with disabilities.
Metro line 4 is expected to give Athens a new lease on life, covering the commuting needs of 341,000 people in some of the most densely populated areas in Athens. The line’s 15 stations are set to be completed by 2030. The project is budgeted at 1.2 billion euros.