TIF-HELEXPO S.A., with its decision to proceed to a major redevelopment of the whole property by designing and constructing of a sustainable, environmentally friendly and state-of-the-art ConfEx Centre, together with a new urban Park, is envisioning a project that will dominate the downtown area of the city of Thessaloniki. The ConfEx Park is expected to play a significant role in the economy of the city, by contributing to its transformation to an important international business and tourist destination.
The project goal is the cost-effective design of a ConfEx Centre to the highest-standards, that will optimize the connection between buildings layout and associated activities within the site. The project also aims to further enhance the local, regional and international role of TIF-HELEXPO and create a new iconic landmark for the city that will also act as a milestone for the business history of the broader region, respecting the environment and the principles of sustainable development.
The company seeks the most creative and innovative proposal, that will best highlight the meaning, value, and potential of the ConfEx Centre and its public open space and transform the area into an international attraction as well as a citizen-centered space. The whole project and especially the design of the building areas III and IV should be of high architectural importance in order for new landmarks in the metropolitan area of Thessaloniki to be formed, leaving a mark of exemplary architecture in the city for the next decades.
The major goals and objectives of this competition are:
a. To enhance and enrich the value of the ConfEx Centre as an iconic landmark of Thessaloniki, which will boost its international competitiveness.
b. To create a complex of high quality in terms of architecture and urban design which will inspire citizens and visitors and significantly contribute to the enhancement of the urban environment.
c. To design a highly functional ConfEx Center which will be widely considered as an international exhibition hub.
d. To establish a fresh ‘identity’ connecting the city’s past with its future.
e. To create a cohesive scheme design that connects the new exhibition center with key spaces and landmarks of the city.
f. To achieve the best possible integration of the buildings that are to be preserved within the new complex
g. To generate ideas for an active public space throughout the year, which will break down physical and conceptual barriers, and bring fluidity between the city and the TIF property.
h. To create an efficient and sustainable complex, which will contribute to the improvement of Thessaloniki’s urban environment.
i. To use sustainable design strategies- reducing possible environmental impacts- such as renewable energy systems, sustainable water and waste management, use of environmentally friendly materials and minimizing resource consumption.