When one thinks of Thessaloniki, Greece, often the first thing that comes in mind is the White Tower, a monument that was built around 1450 and today has become the city’s landmark. This is why the regeneration of the White Tower’s square is considered as one of the most important projects that the city can realize.
The project of the New White Tower’s Square was undertaken by the architects K. Tsigarida, A. Skouvaklis, N. Kalogirou (1996-1997) and by the architecture firm Katerina Tsigarida Architects (2003-2008).
The fundamental concept of the proposal was to create a place that :
White Tower’s Square is essentially a trapezoid-shaped space that opens toward the sea. The square is surrounded by green plots, and different zones of sitting areas. One of the problems that the architects had to face was the level height differences of the ground. However, this problem eventually became a benefit, as it helped to create some more isolated and quieter sub-areas of the square. The most distinctive element of the project is the series of pillars of limestone that are on the west side of the square. At night, with the help of lighting that was installed with great care, the pillars look like beautiful sculptures.
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