Cave Path , Cave of Antiparos

Type

Public Works

Location

ANTIPAROS CYCLADES

Year

2003

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Cave Path , Cave of Antiparos

Type

Public Works

Location

ANTIPAROS CYCLADES

Type

2003

ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN

YIORGOS SPIRIDONOS , META ARCHITECTURE

COLLABORATING ARCHITECT

DIMITRIS FELOURIS

GEOLOTECHNICAL STUDY

VAPTISMAS NIKITAS

TOPOGRAPHY

MARKETAKIS EVANGELOS

MEP

EMMANOULIDES STATHIS - PETRATOS GERASIMOS

ENVIROMENTAL STUDY

YIANNAKIS NIKOS - MARIA DELIYIANNI

GEOLOGICAL STUDY

TSATSOULIS THEMOS

PHOTOGRAPHY

KALAPODAS DIMITRIS

The cave of Antiparos is located on the southeast side of Antiparos, covers an area of ​​5,600 sq.m. The depth to the end of its access is 72 meters. The cave is a unique natural heritage for the Island. Its rich history, its geological and historical interest and its important and impressive decoration make it one of the most important monuments of its kind in Greece. The project concerns the restoration of the Existing Path, the widening of dangerous sections, the creation of landings  for better viewing  of the cave. The widening of the course is done where possible and in a way that does not require complex support structures and does not affect the decoration of the cave.The materials and the way of construction were chosen so that it is possible to build the project with the least possible intervention. The operation is carried out in the already existing course with reinforced concrete and the wide stairs are paved with Marble of Paros ,also special stainless steel constructions were designed in which the E / M infrastructures were placed. The shape and construction of the railing was an important element of the architectural study. A durable construction was chosen, made of stainless steel, which creates a feeling of security since it is sloping towards the visitor. Stalagmites and stalactites become the main object of observation. The course follows the natural formations of the cave without altering it. It is important that the intervention is obvious in order to easily distinguish between the existing natural habitat and the human intervention, This choice was made  in order to highlight the richness and the character of the Cave, and its important qualities.

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