RC - Patras, Reformation of old Town Market "Agora Argyri"

Short description: 

The Old Arctic Market of Patras (Argiri Market) is a characteristic sample of Market buildings created after Greece purchased her freedom, it occupies a whole building block and is encompassed by three central roads of the city. An introvert building with internal atrium and two internal arcades with square columns faced towards the atrium. The building was almost symmetrical with as a sovereign element the configuration of its central entrance from Ag. Andreou road. The plot is of 1400m 2 surface with stone-built building of 1200m2. 
A big part of the building (half of its surface) has been demolished and the rest is abandoned and derelict. It is characterized as a piece of art and perceivable historical monument. This is the reason it's suggested for all the block to be regenerated by restoring the existing building and symmetrical attributing of the rest so it will be an attraction for visitors as well as for citizens of Patras, Peloponese and West Greece in general. The building would function as an information table of the following promoting tourism in Patras and the surrounding area:

1) Tourist infrastructures (bus-train-ship itineraries, hotels, restaurants e.t.c.)

2) National Forests, places of natural beauty, places of archaeological interest, maps- informative material

3) Cultural events and festivals (programs- tickets e.t.c.).

Start date: 
01/09/2004
Implementation date: 
30/12/2005
Place: 
City of Patras
Country: 
Greece
Region: 
Western Greece - Prefecture Achaia

Scale
Local

Phase
planning

design

Type(s) of MILU




Use of the fourth dimension of space, i.e. time.

Theme(s)

RED - the urban fabric and its infrastructure.
BLUE - water-systems and water related issues.

 
Partners

Initiative:

Municipality of Patras

Planning and design:

Municipality of Patras

Realization:

Municipality of Patras (Financing by the Region of Western Greece )
 
Lessons learned

Argiri Market is placed in the historical centre of Patras facing the coastal area close to the port and stations of bus and train. Arranging the different uses of the building in a functional way and exploiting the particularly appreciable building block will ensure promotion of Patras city and Achaia Prefecture by giving information to citizens and visitors about cultural events and festivals, provided services, infrastructures e.t.c. of the city and the surrounding area.
The project will serve directly the needs of Patras while being Cultural Capital of Europe and in long term it will strengthen the role of the city as being the west gate of Greece and Metropolis of the region. At the same time the project is expected to have positive repercussions to the Employment as new vacant positions of complete and partial employment will be created during the restoration and after it.