Foster + Partners has revealed designs for Greece’s tallest building and first green skyscraper, the Marina Tower. Part of the firm’s Ellinikon masterplan, the green high-rise building will be located in the Agios Kosmas marina area, in southern Attica.
In addition to being the tallest building in Greece, the Marina Tower will also be the tallest green beachfront skyscraper in the Mediterranean region. The building is expected to be completed within the next five years.
The designs for the Marina Tower are based on “sustainable principles to generate a new paradigm for high-rise living and a green beacon in the landscape,” Antoinette Nassopoulos-Erickson, Senior Partner at Foster + Partners, said.
THE MARINA TOWER WILL BE BOTH SUSTAINABLE AND SMART
The Marina Tower will rise to 200 metres above sea level, with 45 floors and 200 apartments, panoramic views of the coastline, and natural light and ventilation.
The Marina Tower is designed to imbibe characteristics of the Mediterranean landscape, with a bioclimatic nature featuring green and water-based elements, and a slim outline that blends with the natural environment surrounding the building.
The tower will be built using green construction materials, feature the latest international safety protocols, and have the functionalities of a smart building. On completion, the Marina Tower is expected to be one of the greenest, most sustainable high-rises across the world, and will join five other skyscrapers planned for Ellinikon, near Athens.
THE MARINA TOWER WILL BE LOCATED AT THE HEART OF ELLINIKON
The Ellinikon site lies along the Athenian Riviera, where an airport was previously located, and is connected by both metro and tram lines. The polycentric community project will feature diverse, walkable and mixed-use neighbourhoods, designed for residential, shopping, working, leisure and entertainment, and cultural purposes.
Neighbourhoods are designed to be self-sustaining, and are connected via a number of green pedestrian corridors. About half of the area of every neighbourhood will be handed over to local communities to be developed as social, welfare or cultural infrastructure, to incorporate social and cultural value with commercial development.
The masterplan also features a coastal metropolitan park, which is expected to increase the open space allocated per Athenian resident by 44%, and provide more green space at Ellinikon. Subterranean tunnelling beneath the site’s main avenues will connect the city with the surrounding sea.
Overall, the Ellinikon site will cover three million square metres in area, and is expected to be completed by 2026.
Photo credit: www.fosterandpartners.com/news/archive/2021/07/designs-for-marina-tower-the-first-green-high-rise-building-in-greece-revealed/
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