Besting a shortlist of four, Ann Beha Architects has been selected by the Department of State’s Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations (OBO) to rehabilitate the U.S. Embassy in Athens’ chancery facility and campus. The mid-century facility, a protected architectural landmark, was originally designed by the famed Bauhaus architect Walter Gropius with the consulting architect Pericles A. Sakellarios.
NaNA’s project, titled ‘Thessaloniki’s Wet Dream,’ is a proposal for a subterranean public bath beneath a central urban plaza with a glazed roof at street level. The 4000 square meter bathing complex responds to the city’s ambitious plans for the total redesign of Eleftherias Square (i.e. Freedom Square) into a landmark that will become a magnet for the city and beyond, their proposal sets to re-establish Thessaloniki’s long lasting culture of public baths as a form of built social space par excellence. More images and architects’ description after the break.