Πέτρος Κουφόπουλος, Αναπληρωτής Καθηγητής, Τμήμα Αρχιτεκτόνων Μηχανικών, Πανεπιστήμιο Πατρών
Ιωάννης Πατρώνης, Ομότιμος Καθηγητής, Τμήμα Αρχιτεκτόνων Μηχανικών, Πανεπιστήμιο Πατρών
Σταύρος Μαμαλούκος, Αναπληρωτής Καθηγητής, Τμήμα Αρχιτεκτόνων Μηχανικών, Πανεπιστήμιο Πατρών
The present work has as its subject the industrial complex of the Sulfur Mines of Milos, and the promotion of this historical place, which is a monument of the world cultural heritage. This complex is a unique example of industrial architecture and archeology and is a living testimony to the mining history of our place, especially during the 19th-20th century.
After a historical and architectural documentation of the development and the current situation in which the Sulfur Mine complex is located, the urgent need to restore and highlight this industrial landscape is ascertained, which still keeps alive the memories of the once intense mining activity. Its special morphological features, a sample of the industrial architecture of 19th century Europe, in combination with the mechanical equipment that is preserved in its largest area, are the main elements for the restoration study of the complex.
In the effort to revitalize the degraded, today, area of the Sulfur Mines and to create a cultural core for the strengthening of the society, but also of the economy of Milos, the creation of a technological and industrial park is proposed. This park is planned to host educational, research, cultural and economic functions. More specifically, the building complex of the Sulfur Mines, after the necessary interventions and additions, is going to house on its premises a museum space, research laboratories, projection and lecture hall, library-reading room, dormitories, restaurant and refreshment room. This lays the foundation for the creation and sustainable operation of a research and education center, while providing organized tourism infrastructure in a place that seeks to offer more educational and vocational rehabilitation outlets to future generations, but also to support its economy in a large degree in alternative tourism.
The long history of Milos in the mining activity, but also the preservation of an extremely important industrial complex, contributes greatly to a broader effort to identify and highlight the identity of this place, which is determined primarily by the peculiarity of its geomorphology. For this reason, the proposal for the restoration and promotion of the Sulfur Mine complex is made in a broader context of connecting this historic site with other monuments of our industrial and cultural heritage in general.
Sulfur mines, industrial archeology, reuse, industrial architecture, industrial heritage