The Electric Railway Athens - Piraeus (I.S.A.P. S.A.) is one of the two operators of
urban railway transportation in the Attica basin. In
the framework of expanding their operational strategy,
the company decided for the rehabilitation of all stations
of line 1. OBERMEYER undertook in 2001 the design of the
'Faliro' station (architectural, structural and technical
equipment design at a preliminary, final and detailed stage),
as well as the preparation of the tender documents.
The project, with a budget at €8.4 million, is already completed.
The aesthetics of the new station, which was delivered in the
summer of 2004, are contemporary and the station is an
aesthetical reference point for the surrounding area.
The design aimed at giving the 'Faliro' station a specific identity - and
consequently individuality - in its environment. The
canopy morphology provides the observer with a dominant
reference form: The design is a reference to the vicinity
of the station to the Faliro bay, attempting to convey the
idea of a flock of seagulls. Each canopy structure is shaped
according to the anatomy of a seagull in flight, while the
flock of the individual canopies gives the impression of a
flock of seagulls of various sizes in flight formation. The
position as well as the significance of the project allow
and support the idea of using organic forms, an
internationally recognised architectural approach.
The new station provides a contemporary environment,
with a high comfort level for the passengers. During
the Olympic Games and due to the proximity of the
station to significant sports facilities, the passenger
volume was increased considerably, with a capacity of 26,000
passengers per hour and direction, with trains every 2.5
minutes. The station spaces are wide, protected from the
weather elements, allowing the comfortable circulation of
passengers and providing all the relevant services.
The operation of the new station is drastically changed: An
extended open space with natural light is created at a level
above the three platforms. This space assumes the main volume
of movements, providing also retail areas. Furthermore, the
connection to the sports facilities of the area is implemented
at this level. To the southwest, a temporary footbridge, which
has been constructed by the Ministry of Public Works for the
Olympics, connects the station to the Peace and Friendship
stadium. To the northwest, a second footbridge, which was
also designed by OBERMEYER in 2003, connects the station to
the upper level of the Karaiskaki football stadium.