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LOUTROPOLIS EN.A.L.IA. - Alternative rejuvenation via Thermal Springs by Katerina Ninou

Milos belongs to the Cycladic Islands, and is crossed by the volcanic arc of Greece, therefore is one of the sleeping volcanoes of our country. In fact, this is a blessing and a curse for the island, as different kind of economies during the centuries is trying to take advantage of the island, its resources and of course the locals. The most contemporary kind of such economies is the massive tourism that is starting to transform the island in a way that reminds the catastrophic transformation of Santorin.

a seaside thermal springs building in Greece island image © Katerina Ninou

Applying strategies as sustainable tourism seem ideal for this island as its resources are more than adequate for the development of such programs. Despite the existence of rich thermal springs, the locals haven’t yet got involved with medical tourism. After thorough investigation the existence of 6 thermal springs of various forms and temperatures that are referring on the natural port of Adamadas, the idea of connecting them through a local network seems ideal. A shuttle boat, a shuttle bus, bike roads and of course hiking trails are proposed to connect these 6 + 1 points that will consist the new loutropolis of Cyclades. Anyone who visits these 7 points will have a full opinion of what Milos is about, not by a luxurious boat but by truthful and sincere experience.

In this thesis project, 3 of the 7 points are designed.

a building for sea therapy image © Katerina Ninou

The two first points Aliki and Kanava are at an industrial zone of Milos, and their functional programme consists of a centre of Mud therapy, Physiotherapy centre and Cafeteria with healthy drinks – made by local botanies cultivated in the area - in Aliki, and Centre of Sea Therapy in Kanava. In the first point emploees of the whole network are hosted, and the buildings refer to the incredible view of old salines. An old cave hosts the function of the mud therapy where a visitor can enjoy a direct relation between the human and the nature.

Video © Katerina Ninou

In the second point on Kanava, the visitor can enjoy the hot waters created by a natural vapour into the sea or the 3 pools created to gather the thermal water gushing from the sand. Those points are connected through a hiking trail.

seaside house image © Katerina Ninou

a building at sea shoreimage © Katerina Ninou

The third point is into a small bay near the fishermen village of Skinopi. The functional programme provides a Center of thermalism with group and individual pools. These pools have the natural ground for a floor the water gushes from there. References on the traditional fishermen village are made by relations and not only morphology.

stone building in sand image © Katerina Ninou

Natural materials and most of them local for insulation, building, flooring etc. star in the project. Bio-construction takes places in the island especially in this programme where baths and rock have an incredible relation.

rendering images for interior design image © Katerina Ninou

natural sun light enters the corridor through openings in the roof image © Katerina Ninou

architectural plan

architectural section drawing

ground floor plan

structure detail shown in drawing

architectural elevations drawing

sketch drawings

map drawing

site map

topography layout

Project name: LOUTROPOLIS EN.A.L.IA. - Alternative rejuvenation via Thermal Springs

Loutropolis = Loutro (Baths is greek) + polis (city)

Enalios = someone who comes from the depth of the sea

EN.A.L.IA.= Enallaktiki Anazoogonnisi dia Loutrikis Iasis = Alternative Rejuventation via Thermal Springs

Student: Katerina Ninou

Univeristy: National Technical university of Athens NTUA Faculty of Architecture

Teachers: Lava Riva, Miltiadou Androniki, Alexandrou Eleni

Location: Milos, Greece

Type: Thesis Project

For more island projects visit Aspect Architecture


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