It is about the final study for the road, Interchanges as well as signage and safety for the construction of the subsection I/C Axios – I/C Agios Athanasios of the Kleidi – Evzoni section of the PATHE Motorway which concerning the east bound of the PATHE Highway, 14km in total, with two lanes per direction and an auxiliary lane, including a section of the westbound motorway, servise roads network of 32.8 km long sum., three interchanges, the I/C Halastra – Axios, the I/C Anatolikou and the completion of I/C Agios Athanasios, three at grade intersections and finally the complete signage and safety study for the whole project.
For the construction of the subsection I/C-Axios – end of I/C Agios Athanasios of the road axis P.A.TH.E., final studies for a large number of technical works were prepared. In the context of the whole project, METE SYSM prepared the final study of the overpass bridge T17 from CH. 0+579,65 to CH. 0+868,27 of branch No 2 at I/C-Axios.
The one branched overpass bridge is configured by a continuous superstructure with eight spans (total lengh 289,0m on the bridge axis) made of cast in-situ prestressed concrete. The bridge is to be constructed in 7 stages starting from the eastern abutment with construction joints at 20% of every span.
In plan, the bridge horizontal alignment is on a circular arc with a radius of 290m, while the red line is also on a vertical arc with a radius of 4.500m, at a height ranging between 8,0 and 14,0m from the natural terrain. The piers which have clear heights ranging between 9,0 and 11,0m, have a single-column configuration and a cross section of a regular octagon inscribed in a circle with 2,0m diameter and are founded on pile caps. The superstructure is monolithically connected to the 5 central piers M2 to M6, resting on bearings at the outermost piers M1 & M7 as well as at the abutments, forming a case of semi-integral bridge with satisfactory behavior for both vertical as well as horizontal loads, with expansion joints only at the abutments and with reasonable displacements.
The cross section of the girder is single box-shaped with a height of 2,3m, a total width of 11,25m (upper flange) with a 6% transverse inclination, carrying one-way traffic of the second branch of the Interchange, with 2 traffic & 1 emergency lane and sidewalks on both edges. Safety barriers, street lighting poles, insulation of the deck with a special membrane and drainage of the deck with longitudinal and vertical drainage pipes are also provided.
It is about the final study for Road and interchange design, including signage for the subsection Agios Athanasios – Krinides of the section 61.5 Drama – Kavala of Egnatia Odos.
Design of highway with a total length of 11 km, including one interchange, consist of three roundabouts and service roads of sum length 14,5km.
It is about preliminary and final study for motorway, interchanges as well as signage and safety for the construction of the subsection I/C Agia Marina Stylida – I/C Raches of the Skarfia- Raches section of the PATHE Motorway, Ch. 12+000 – 31+234,97.
The project concerning the 19.4km motorway, with two separate carriageways, twe lanes per direction and LEA, which bypasses Stylida, Karavomilos and Achinos with three tunnels, four viaducts, one bridge overpasses and eleven underpasses, a network of sidewalks and vertical roads on either side of the highway 33.70 km., three interchanges I/C Agia Marina Subway, I/C Stylida – Karavomilou and I/C Karavomilou.
Three at grade intersections and complete signage and safety study for the whole project.
The design is based on the concept of the crossroads. Making a cross-reading of its symbolic connotations, we aim at a spatial interpretation of this concept in the resulting architectural form.
The Competition objectives along with the Founding and Development Note of the Cooperative Central Bank and in conjunction with the distinct geographical location of Nicosia set goals and aspirations coming from different routes; therefore in our mind the building should mark the intersection and convergence of all these guidelines. We discern many layers of crossroads; East and West, economic and social policies, multicultural influences and contributions, collaborative and individual activities. Our ambition is that the Bank’s New Headquarters express the common point of all these different directions, and that it symbolizes the value of coexistence in conditions of diversity and heterogeneity.
The surrounding area is already in the process of forming a distinct character with the development of similar buildings and uses. Along the main road axis of Athalassis Avenue we encounter various Banking Services as well as many other Public and private Entities. Our goal is to create a landmark that will be (established as) a symbol of the existing trend. The volume of the building complex, the exploitation of the maximum height allowed, as well as the use of simple yet fluid geometries and plain materials increase the clarity of its image.
Basic synthesis principles are: the division of the Headquarters Services into two separate volumes parallel to the East-West axis, the formation of an interconnection zone facilitating the throughout flow of people in-between. Entrances are carved on all four sides, creating continuous passages of different density and volume. These independent accesses ensure the unimpeded functioning of the different parts of the building complex, while at the same time implement the crossroads that both unites and separates them.
The high rise volume overlooking the Avenue houses the Administrative and Operational Departments of the Bank, while the lower one houses the Congress Centre and Restauration Services. The Office Tower is more extroverted overlooking the main road and the city, while the latter looks to the public landscaped area and pedestrian street at the back. Between the two, lies the connective space which accommodates the social life of the complex, the assembly and meeting areas of visitors and employees alike. This buffer zone is covered by a diaphanous roof, allowing the natural light to enter from above, emphasizing the sensation of legerity and fluidity created by the various internal voids and freestanding staircases.