Preservation and enhancement of uses of the monumental Achillion building complex and surrounding areas in Corfu
Client: Hellenic Public Properties Company
Construction costs: approx. € 10 million
Preservation of the monumental building complex and extensive gardens, which originally served as the summer residence of the Empress Sissy. The building complex, including the palace, the old barracks and stables, the entrance building, and the gardens is listed as a monument and is a museum of itself, with only part of the facilities open to the visitors, due to the deteriorating status of the facilities. The project program envisages the complete preservation of the buildings, the expansion of the visitors’ access and the enhancement of its operation with additional museum and other cultural activities, such as exhibition areas, restaurant, coffee shops, educational spaces etc.
OBERMEYER’s assignment embraces the provision of architectural and structural design services. All interventions to the monumental buildings are under consideration of the strict preservation guidelines internationally applied to monuments. All designs are subject to the approval of the Central Council for Contemporary Monuments.
The total buildings’ GFA is 6,000 m² and the surrounding area 8,800 m², including a monumental marble stair axis, with a length of 300m.
The scope of services includes five main stages for both the architectural and the structural design assigned to OBERMEYER: documentation (historical/photographic, architectural, and structural, including materials verification), preliminary, final and detailed design and tender documentation. Furthermore, OBERMEYER acted as the coordinator for all disciplines, including also electrical, mechanical, environmental design and Health & Safety
All interventions to the monumental buildings are under consideration of the strict preservation guidelines internationally applied to monuments. All designs were approved by the Central Council for Contemporary Monuments.