The Project

Earthquake rehabilitation and fire protection


In 2015, all three buildings of the Goethe-Institute Thessaloniki were upgraded, under the direction of the Federal Office for Building and Regional Planning, in particular under the aspects of seismic safety and fire protection. The work took place during ongoing operation and could be completed within the planned time and budget, due to the close and trusting cooperation between project management, planning team, users and general contractors.


The Goethe-Institute Thessaloniki has been housed since 2001 in three buildings of a spacious property south of the city center. Originally the German School was located here. The ensemble with the main building, built around 1930, a landmarked house and a multiply extended newer building is grouped around the courtyard and the garden.


Construction began in March 2015 and was completed in November 2015. In 2016, the garden of the Goethe-Institute was also redesigned.


Structural situation


The most important reasons for the 2015 interventions were the overdue seismic retrofitting of all buildings as well as the necessary measures for fire protection, especially in the main building. The limestone and brick structures were heavily eroded and suffered from repeated earthquakes. The working group of the architect Dr. Thomas Greve and the structural engineer Dr. Antonis Kanellopoulos took over the planning and implementation of the project.



Works on the administrative and library building


In order to minimize the internal interventions, the administrative and library building was earthquake-proofed by an outer shotcrete shell. His statically separated parts of the building were connected by prestressed tie rods. The old part was stiffened on the upper floor with a new reinforced concrete composite ceiling, which rests on four additional internal steel columns. The reconstruction of the façade was used in addition to energetic upgrading.



Completion of the renovation work


In November 2015, the Goethe-Institute Thessaloniki celebrated its 60th anniversary in refurbished premises, which are now structurally, technically and creatively equipped for its growing role as the city’s internationally networked cultural pole.

In the course of an art project and in cooperation with the planner, a garden was created on the grounds of the Goethe-Institute in 2016, in addition to the interventions carried out




Embassy of Federal Republic of Germany

PLAN EE – Dr. Thomas Greve


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Tender, Preliminary, Final Design, Construction Design, Site Supervision

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