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The new ConfEx Park, at the heart of Thessaloniki, embodies the city’s ambition to be the region’s major business and tourist destination. It will shape an urban area to host international events while offering local meeting spots for the residents.

The design picks up some major routes that fan out from the adjacent ancient city, and reintroduces them for pedestrians and cyclists: The ‘Culture Path’ links the Exhibition Halls and Congress Centre to the MMCA and the Archaeological and Byzantine Museums. The ‘Mountain Route’ emphasizes the relationship between mountain, sea, University, ConfEx Park and wider city.

These lines naturally split the landscape into three parts: a space for play and temporary installations, the central area with cultural gardens and cafes, and a natural amphitheatre for performance and events. The landscaped areas will provide for a range of planted habitats with a diverse range of native and cultural plants found in the region. Addressing the memory of the historic terrain the park also integrates pavilions of the existing Helexpo site as familiar landmarks. The new Exhibition Halls and the Congress Centre can be recognized by their generously overhanging roofs floating like clouds above this landscape. When the halls are not in use for exhibitions, their foyer pavilions remain open for public use as cultural and social venues.

ConfEx Park has the potential to become a beacon of technical and social sustainability as this central site is being regenerated into a verdant nexus for residents and visitors alike.

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brief

  • Exhibition and Business Centre set within an urban Park

client

  • TIF-Helexpo S.A.

data

  • gross floor area: 96.000 m²
  • competition: 2021, 1st Prize
  • 2021 — 2026

project team

Zirui Fu

Fotios Gkrilias

Asya Güney

Sokbom Hong

Yinan Sun

Gregory Then