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Paramana Square

Paramana Square is the central square of Thermi, an example of modern architectural design in an open public space.

  1. Modern and Contemporary era (1912 - )

    2007 Beginning of Construction.

    2009 Completion.

  2. Ottoman era (1453- 1912)

  3. Byzantine era (331 AC- 1453)

  4. Roman era (30 BC- 330 AC)

  5. Hellenistic era (322- 31 BC)

  6. Classical era (478-323 BC)

  7. Archaic era (800-479 BC)

  8. Geometric era (-1100- 800 BC)

  9. Prehistory (-1100 BC)

What I can see

Paramana Square occupies an area of 7500 sqm and the materials used are wood, stainless steel sheets, concrete, stone and granite. Each material has a different intended use. The expressionist style and form of the square lends dynamism. Six free stripes of varying size and height add depth. The central folding surface evolves into a gate, forms a monument to heroes and ends up as an open theatre. The square is transformed from a two-dimensional surface into a three-dimensional one. The car ramps and emergency exits of the underground parking lot and the sidewalks of the area are in harmony with the square. The lighting with different colours emphasizes the morphology of the square, its surfaces and uses, while it extends beyond the square, gradually “erasing” its boundaries.

What I can't see

It was designed by Dimitrios Kontaxakis, Maria-Eleni Kosmidou and Spyros Papadimitriou. Digital means of design were used and it is considered a work of experimental architecture. The sculptor Kostas Varotsos also participated in the project. Design parameters were the traffic in the square and its activities. Among the aims of the design is the visitors’ physical contact with the surfaces. This area gathers municipal services and – in combination with the underground car park – the traffic is intense. The ambition of the square’s design was to compensate for this “tension” and become a place of relaxation.


Bartzokas V., (2011), Πλατεία «Παραμάνα», μελέτη της κεντρικής πλατείας του δήμου Θέρμης, [“Paramana” Central Square of Thermi Municipality, Greece], in Archisearch,

Last visit 12/1/2023


Unsigned, (d.u.), Paramana Central Square of Thermi Municipality, in EUmiesaward

Last visit 12/1/2023