Faliro Pier Athens by Point Supreme Architects

Competition 1st Prize. Stavros Niarchos Cultural Park [ATH] Greece
metalocus, PEDRO NAVARRO
The Faliro Pier is a new pier in Athens, Greece. Athens-based Greek firm Point Supreme Architects has recently emerged as the winning entry in a competition in conjunction with Athen's ambitious Stavros Niarchos Cultural Park project which started construction a few days ago.

Project Description from the Architects:

The size and quality of the Athens coastline in combination with the city's warm climate, constitute a higly valuable condition that is largely unexploited.The winning proposal uses the Faliro pier that is to be built in front of the new Stavros Niarchos Cultural Park, National Library and Opera complex, designed by Renzo Piano Building Workshop, to integrate sea-related activities into the daily city life; The square platform at the end of the pier extends onto a ferry-boat deck, while water-taxis operated by the New Athens Cultural Park stop on its two sides. The ferry-boat will host cultural and other events with sea-routes that reach as far as Cape Sounio. The water taxis, common practice in a lot of water-side cities, will carry travelers to various spots on the Athens coastline for a reasonable ticket price, extending the city’s mass transportation network into the water.

The platform itself is developed on two levels. The lower level becomes an open public space with shops. The upper level is turned into a café-restaurant with a generous surrounding open space. The two levels are connected by a big tribune on the south side; this overlooks the sea, the ferry boat and the events that take place regularly on the water or the boat deck. The 54X54m large roof-box guarantees thick shadow and is covered with solar panels. The graphic character of the project takes on the semiology of marine objects and boats.


Status: Competition 1st Prize
Program: Icon, Station, Leisure
Area: 2,900 m2
Location: Athens, Greece
Architect: Point Supreme Architects
Team: Konstantinos Pantazis, Marianna Rentzou, Lida Stamou, Konstantinos Tzioras, Alexis Tsakalakis Karkas,  Xrisa Golemi, Sandrine Iratcabal
Structural engineering: Athanassios Kontizas
Electrical & mechanical engineering: Spiros Arvanitis
CGreelient: Stavros Niarchos Foundation / Ministry of Environment, Energy & Climate Change
Year: 2012



Frontal sea view of Faliro Pier Athens. Image: Point Supreme Architects.
Aerial view. Image: Point Supreme Architects.
View from pier. Image: Point Supreme Architects.
Site plan. Image: Point Supreme Architects.
Athens beaches accessible by the proposed water taxis. Image: Point Supreme Architects.
Model. Image: Point Supreme Architects.
Events. Image: Point Supreme Architects.
Zoom model. Image: Point Supreme Architects.
Section. Interactive programs between platform and boat. Image: Point Supreme Architects.
Model. Image: Point Supreme Architects.
Vision at night. Image: Point Supreme Architects.
Taxi stops and connections. Image: Point Supreme Architects.
SUPREME Architects

Point Supreme Architects was founded in Rotterdam in 2007 by Konstantinos Pantazis and Marianna Rentzou and is now based in Athens. Their work integrates research, architecture, urbanism, landscape and graphic design. During 2009-2010 they were joined by Beth Hughes.

Partners. Konstantinos Pantazis studied architecture at the National Technical University Athens (2002), and did a Master of Excellence in Architecture at The Berlage Institute Rotterdam (2002-2005). He has worked for a variety of offices in Athens and abroad including: MVRDV in Rotterdam (2007-08), Altoon and Porter in Amsterdam (2006), 51N4E in Brussels (2005), Farjadi Farjadi in London (2004), OΜΑ-Rem Koolhaas in Rotterdam (2003-04), Yushi Uehara in Amsterdam (2003) and Jun Aoki in Tokyo (2002), He currently teaches at Patras University. 

Marianna Rentzou studied architecture at the National Technical University Athens (2002), and  did a Master of Architecture at the Bartlett School of Architecture in London (2003-2004) followed by further studies at the Design Academy Eindhoven with Droog Designers . Following working in Athens she worked for MVRDV in Rotterdam (2005-2006) and OMA - Rem Koolhaas in Rotterdam (2005, & 2007-2008). At OMA she worked on a diverse range of large scale projects in the Middle East and led the Dubai Creek theatre and ‘Dubai Next’ in Basel.

Team. Point Supreme Architects is in constant collaboration with  Giorgos Pantazis.

Architects: Lida Stamou. Marina Tsintzeli. Vili Kabouraki. Maud Bouhin. Jean Sebastian Lebreton. Alexia Symvoulidou. Konstantina Papanikolaou. Paradisia Manari. Tasos Govatsos. Katerina Grigorpoulou. Christina Costes. Vaso Kourkoutsaki. Danai Athanasopoulou.

Students: Thomas Bellanger. Sandrine Iratcabal. Alexis Tsakalakis Karkas. Konstantinos Tzioras. Chrisa Gkolemi. Nikolas Magouliotis. Theoklitos Triantafilidis. Andreas Nikolovgenis. Zoi Angelakopoulou. Ioannis Gio. Ralou Kondili. Argyro Vassalou. Klio Mandalou. Anastasia Christakopoulou. Katerina Petroxeilou. Vasiliki Kondili



Act.> : 21/10/2012



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