New €450m cultural centre for Athens

by Caroline Wilkinson | 10 Feb 2009

Designs for the €450m (US$582m, £399m) Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Centre in Athens, Greece have been revealed by Italian architects Renzo Piano.

The 187,800sq m centre, to be built on a 42-acre (17-hectare) waterside site in Stavros Niarchos Park, will house the Greek National Opera and the National Library of Greece. The project is funded by the Stavros Niarchos Foundation, and once completed in 2015 will be handed over to the Greek State. The building will be powered by solar and wind energy using a series of interconnected photovoltaic cell panels as part of an attempt to make the building carbon neutral. There will also be a canal that runs parallel to the existing Espalanade and connects with the sea to provide flood protection for the scheme.

Designs for the €450m (US$582m, £399m) Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Centre in Athens, Greece have been revealed by Italian architects Renzo Piano. The 187,800sq m centre, to be built on a 42-acre (17-hectare) waterside site in Stavros Niarchos Park, will house the Greek National Opera and the National Library of Greece. The project is funded by the Stavros Niarchos Foundation, and once completed in 2015 will be handed over to
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