As the moat section of the new Eleftheria Square (meaning Liberty Square) opened to the public on New Year’s Day, curious visitors from near and far gravitated towards the area in the centre of the island’s capital, to take a look at look at the much-talked-about modern edifice, designed by the late Zaha Hadid.
Known as the ‘Queen of the Curve’, the internationally renowned ‘starchitect’ is famed around the globe for designing neo-futuristic works, pushing the boundaries of geometry and traditional architectural shapes, opting for more fluid forms that defy the norm.
The new Eleftheria Square – listed as one of Zaha Hadid’s 35 most incredible buildings by The Telegraph – and its minimalist and cutting-edge new moat, now constitutes one of the most significant landmarks in the city. Hadid’s vision was that of blending old with new, connecting the historian Venetian walls with the modern part of the city.
As noted on Zaha Hadid Architect’s website: “Eleftheria Square constitutes a dramatically and historically significant ‘architectural intervention’ – an aspiration to reconnect the ancient city’s massive fortified Venetian walls and moat with the modern city beyond – a vision of coherence and continuity which can become a catalyst to unify the last divided capital in Europe.”
While the upper bridge section of Eleftheria Square has been open to the public since December 2018, the recently opened moat section aims to attract both pedestrians and cyclists, and features water fountains, grassy areas, installations and more. The entire project has almost reached completion, with some final decorative touches and amenities to be added in the near future.
Photo credit: Thanasis Fotiou