Andrew Chard wins RIBA prizes for excellence

The Piraeus port of Greece

The Piraeus port of Greece
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Andrew Chard, who is currently studying for a degree at the Oxford Brookes School of Architecture, has been awarded a prize for excellence from the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA).

The Piraeus port of Greece
Image © Andrew Chard

Andrew  impressed judges with his designs and ideas for  the port of Athens. The Piraeus port of Greece still remains the largest passenger port in Europe with close to 18 million passengers a year.

The Piraeus port of Greece
Image © Andrew Chard

But with the rapid degeneration of the ports industrial sector and passenger figures dropping for the second year running Piraeus has quickly turned into a derelict shell of its former self.

The Piraeus port of Greece
Image © Andrew Chard

The lost dockyard aims to halt this negative cycle and rejuvenate the industrial nature of the port whilst also providing passengers with a reason to stay.

The Piraeus port of Greece
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Nested within the existing dry docks will be a place where the lost boats of Ancient Greece, once a symbol of their power, will be revived and displayed in their natural, kinetic environment, far from the sterile familiarity of other museums.

The Piraeus port of Greece
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These boats will be researched and reformed within the buildings workshop while teaching forgotten lessons of construction to the public, When completed the boats are released into the water to travel around the archipelagos of Athens bringing additional tourism to Piraeus.

The Piraeus port of Greece
Image © Andrew Chard

After their journeys, the boats move inside the buildings experiential museum, where passengers can eat, drink and relax, while watching the destructive weathering of the wind and rain completing the expedition of these lost, temporarily re-born boats.  Source by Andrew Chard.

The Piraeus port of Greece
Image © Andrew Chard

Location: Piraeus, Greek
Architect: Andrew Chard
Year: 2015
Images: Courtesy of Andrew Chard

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