Ornithovlepsia
Birdwatching at lake Stymfalia

Dissertation thesis NTUA

Athens Greece

2013-14

The project begins with an extensive survey of the legislative framework, governing in general, protected areas and wetlands and the specific lake. The lack of a managing institution of the lake has left a variety of problems unattended and despite the efforts of local residents to organize activities that will aid the area, the problems continue to degrade its natural environment. 
This project proposes two routes at the south shore of Lake Stymfalia, in Greece. Based on the methodology of bird observation, wooden buildings and light structures, that allow visitors to observe birds at the lake, are designed.

In the upper path [yellow], which runs parallel and in close relationship with the provincial road, five wooden watchtowers are placed which are divided into two typologies. The first three belong to the same typology [A1, K1, A2] and are placed at the end and the middle of the path. They are designed for the visitors and schools who visit the area for recreation and educational purposes. The next two observatories [E1 ,E2] are smaller, positioned at the designated observation points of the Greek Ornithological Society and have three functions; observation by the researchers, a small shelter for them and vertical movement that links the lower path with the upper path and the road. The lower path [green], the old mule track that runs along the bank of the lake, is formed with Point Counts [P], which are signified with labels or concealment panels, observation platforms and open observatories near the water [N] located in interesting openings of the reed bed. 
 

Movement on y axis: A1, K1, A2 differentiate morphologically from E1, E2 due to change in function. The former are designed like ‘natural’ plateaus that stay connected to the street while the latter move away from it.
Movement on z axis: The platforms of A1, K1,A2 are lower than the street level to move away from passing vehicles as well as meet the lower trail. The E1, E2 platforms are higher than the street level so that  they provide ornithologists with a better view. 

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