Diapason is a piece of urban infrastructure that redefines the street as a place for interaction where citizens can reconnect with their city.
The absence of central planning in Athens has resulted in a scarcity of open and green spaces, creating suffocating conditions in several downtown areas. As a result, the street is charged with hosting the majority of urban life. However, its narrow proportions and poor urban infrastructure limits opportunities for meaningful occupation.
The form of the Diapason aims to increase the available surface of the street, by expanding it in the 3 dimensions to host urban activities, green space, and organize urban networks and infrastructure.
A simple kit-of-parts system of steel posts and cables creates a permeable arcade that hovers above the street and harbors urban life on the ground. In the upper levels, it becomes a green wall softly negotiating privacy for apartment units on either side of the street.
The structure can accommodate utilitarian elements of urban infrastructure such as electricity and telephone networks, signage, seating, lighting, fire hydrants, greenery, bike racks, fire hydrants, and lighting. It can also incorporate elements of leisure, like street games, vendor stands and more.
The vertical green surface, in addition to improving the street’s microclimate, offers a beautiful view to the apartments and increases privacy and filters sound pollution from the street.
The overall structure can be visible from Athens’ hills and has the potential of transforming the image of the city. The explosive density of Athens’ fabric becomes an advantage once we exploit the efficiencies it can produce; the Diapason turns stifling pressure into creative energy and fascinating variety.