Thessaloniki’s New Waterfront is evidence that architecture can change the world by changing public space and improving daily urban life. The secret is to implement intelligent, citizen-oriented design that enables local people to meaningfully inhabit their cities. Recipient of numerous architectural awards, this 3.5km walkway that extends from the White Tower to the Thessaloniki Concert Hall, was designed by architects Prodromos Nikiforidis and Bernard Cuomo. Completed in 2013, it has been embraced by Thessalonikians with absolute delight.
Previously a poorly maintained space that was largely inaccessible and unattractive, the waterfront now has a bicycle path along the entire walkway, and an arbour of 660 umbrella pine trees, serving as shade from the midday sun; waterjet fountains entertain the little ones, and there are numerous quiet spots to relax while watching the sea and the beautiful peaks of Mt Olympus in the distance. You will find it packed with locals on a daily basis. The popular Umbrellas installation by Yorgos Zongolopoulos is much photographed.