Ellinikon International Airport occupied a vast stretch of coastal landscape, preventing much of Athens from reaching the sea. The 2001 Airport relocation has opened up a vast stretch of Athenian Riviera for urban regeneration. Within the Ellinikon masterplan sits Marina Galleria - a new waterfront and leisure district next to the Agios Kosmas Marina and the Metropolitan Park.

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Project Details

LOCATION: Athens, Greece


DATE: 2020-2021

STATUS: Invited Competition

SIZE: 25,900m2 (9,415m2 Retail, 6,495 m2 F&B, 2,780 m2 Leisure, 750 m2 Offices, 2,155 m2 Common Areas, 4,880 m2 Circulation)

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Alex Chan, Stefano Dal Piva, Anne-Sophie Delaveau, Francis Heath, Petros Kailis, Yana Kushpitovska, Friedrich Ludewig, Eleni Meladaki, Paolo Moretto, Ann Ravens, Thomas Soo


Block 722 (Local Architects)

AKT II (Structures & Traffic)

Atelier 10 (Sustainability MEP)

Levin Monsigny (Landscape Design)

SEAM Design (Lighting)

Thornton Tomasetti (Facades/ Resilience)

Helliniki Meletitiki 

Atelier 78


The future of retail and leisure requires spaces for diverse, sensory experiences. Marina Galleria integrates landscape, open-air theatre, sea promenades and connections with the adjacent beaches. It consists of six experiential public spaces, the Galleria; the Promenade; the Terrace; the Slope; Glyfada Square and Art Plaza. The spaces are unified by an architectural language of cantilevering structures and the use of local greek stone as construction material.

The Art Plaza is defined by a grid of trees, welcoming pedestrians and providing a place of orientation and rest. While the Galleria has elements of traditional retail, this is reconfigured into a sequence of pavilions opening out to the sea with seating spilling out into the Promenade. In the Terraces sit restaurants with sea views and hanging gardens. Glyfada Square creates an open space linking the scheme seamlessly to the beach. A 20m tall tectonic slope has been carved into the volumes to create a landscaped urban stage facing the sea, providing space for theatre, fashion shows, markets, weddings and festivals, and creating a new part of Athens embracing the sea. 

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