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Andrew Chard

The Lost Dockyard
Oxford Brookes University

Tutors: Aleksandrina Rizova, Ricardo Assis Rosa, Jonathan Schofield


 

An experiential boat museum and workshop is proposed to bring new life to the declining Athenian port of Piraeus.
An experiential boat museum and workshop is proposed to bring new life to the declining Athenian port of Piraeus.

The Lost Dockyard considers ways to revive Athens’ port of Pireaus, which has seen passenger numbers decline. Andrew Chard aims to halt this negative cycle by proposing a series of interventions such as an experiential boat museum and workshop, restaurants and bars, to encourage ferry passengers and locals to enjoy and explore the port.

A boat in the ‘calm museum’.
A boat in the ‘calm museum’.

In the existing dry docks visitors will be able to watch the building of boats similar to those of Ancient Greece, showcasing long-lost construction skills. The boats will then travel around the archipelagos close to Athens before returning to become part of the experiential museum. As the museum is deliberately open to the elements and the sea, these ephemerally re-born ships will weather and be destroyed, and their sails added to the museum walls.


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