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competition
museum
culture
residential
hotels
leisure
work
public
renovations
reuse
extensions
DEVELOPMENT OF THE FORMER A.B.E.A
PROPERTY IN CHANIA CRETE

The “A.B.E.A.” olive-oil production factory occupied a large section of the coastal zone of the Nea Chora district at Chania as a milestone in the city's industrial history. The specific site is in the position of a link between the western medieval city and the coastal region of Nea Chora.

The central idea of the remodelling of the site, after the demolition of the “A.B.E.A.” facilities, is based, on the one hand, on breaking it down into two small building blocks, and, on the other, on the creation of a complex of public and private open-air spaces which would operate as an extension of the urban planning fabric. As a memento of the earlier use of the site, the chimneys and the boiler-room of the “A.B.E.A.” factory is retained.

The basic new uses proposed have been chosen on the criterion of their ensured future performance: a hotel, a conference centre, shops, residences and a space which will house a new pole of interest, such as a museum.

 
December 2003

client
Chania Union Bank

architect
Yannis Kizis
and A&G Varoudakis - K. Mavrakakis

project team
I. Kizis, N. Venianakis,
K. Mavrakakis, A. Varoudakis,
G. Varoudakis