The redevelopment of the Faleron waterfront into a park signals the start of a long overdue opening up of the city to the sea. Following a conceptual masterplan laid out by a Renzo Piano Building Workshop, which was further developed by Joint Venture 2014, the barren site will be converted into a metropolitan landscape where sea and city converge.
The roads of the adjacent neighbourhoods, previously cut off by a raised coastal highway, now stretch towards the sea, extending into piers overlooking the bay. Conversely, linear elements of water cut through the land, in a rhythmic pattern of canals penetrating the urban fabric. In the park, pavilions laid out on a grid will accommodate an information point, cafeteria, exhibition space and gym. Either free-standing along the roads or half hidden in the planted flyover that will cover the highway, the pavilions become fragments of the city that fade into the park and animate its streets and clearings with activity. The long seaside promenade creates an open public space, with spectacular views over the city, the bay and the islands nearby.