Our design proposal for the new Museum of Underwater Antiquities at the former silo building in Piraeus is focusing on the development of the museum not only inside the existing building but also outside of it, in a way that the new form functions as a natural continuation of the existing - a spatial transfer of the old into the new. In the inside of the existing building there are small halls and spaces that do not alter the original structural framework of the old warehouse. In the area outside of the old building there are larger halls and the ships-exhibits. This way the building structure can be maintained in a substantial way, not only in terms of its former functional identity, but also concerning the renovation cost.
Design of a new Museum of Underwater Antiquities with a total surface of 13,000 sq.m. in the area including the former silo building at the port of Pireaus
The elongated development of the museum is promoting the unimpeded movement of the visitors without the necessity of mechanical means. The exhibition spaces are accessible through low-inclination ramps that add to the wandering experience. Moreover, the time capsules of the ships are connected with each other through lanes of glass, from which there is a panoramic view towards the port and the contemporary ships that come and go. Once again, the past and the future are intertwined, forming a unique interaction that enhances the museum experience. Everything is happening underneath a horizontal slab that symbolizes the sea level and the exhibits are located underneath the spatial transfer of the seabed. This positioning symbolizes the environment in which they were discovered. Finally, the new museum building reaches the edge of the dock, further reinforcing its connection with the sea theme while it is visible from every part of the port, thus a major attraction for the travelers.