What? Athens’s new coastal development is on track to revitalize its defunct airport as Europe’s largest coastal park. The Ellinikon will be an urban center built with sustainability and accessibility from the outset.
Why? Ellinikon represents a landmark in smart urban regeneration and will model mixed-use, accessible, and sustainably built communities.
How? What to do with an abandoned airport? In Athens, the answer was to start from scratch, reimagining the deserted space as a tech-forward, eco-friendly community. The Ellinikon Experience Park will ultimately become a part of The Ellinikon Park. It spans 75 acres and includes more than 900 trees and 80,000 Mediterranean plants. The Ellinikon Experience Centre will introduce visitors to the smart city of the future via digital and VR displays. Still under development are 30 miles of pedestrian walkways and 18 miles of bike lanes, a marina, Vouliagmenis Mall (Europe’s largest at 45 acres), villas, and residences, as well as another 494 acres of parkland, the largest part of which will be delivered in 2026.