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Old October 12th, 2008, 05:19 PM   #1
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ATHENS | Onassis Home of Letters and Fine Arts | U/C

A new cultural venue in Athens is under construction this period.

a presentation of the project from:
http://www.onassis.gr/sectpage_prn.php?lang=en&id=7

A marvel of architecture on Syngrou Avenue in Athens will soon host the multifaceted cultural events organized by the Alexander S. Onassis Foundation, as well as by other notable institutions promoting the letters and fine arts.

The foundations of the Onassis Home of Letters and Fine Arts were laid in the year 2000. It is being built at the sole expense and supervision of the Foundation. The building, with a surface area of 18,000 sq m, is being constructed on a plot of private land measuring 3,000 sq m, and covers an entire block.

The international competition for the design of the building attracted 66 candidates from all over the world. The winning design was put forward by the French architectural firm "Architecture Studio", which provided for a building 89 feet tall, faced with white marble and glass, in a reference to the minimalism demonstrated by Ancient Greek architecture.

The building is destined to be a model of contemporary architecture. Its simplicity of volume and plainness of form have a powerfully monumental character. At the same time, the outside of the building lends it an expression of mystery, like changing scenery. By day, the white horizontal strips of marble on the facades reflect the light of Attika, producing a wave-like impression.

The opposite happens at night, when the white marble strips are illuminated in a different way and the inside of the building becomes visible, revealing the shell surrounding the large performance halls.

The building consists of:

* A 900 seat amphitheatre, with a stage that can accommodate theatrical performances, a symphony orchestra, opera, dance, cinema, lectures and conferences
* A 220 seat hall, suitable for smaller theatrical, musical or dance performances, lectures and special audio-visual shows (multimedia, virtual reality)
* 700 sq m of exhibition space
* An open air theatre
* An electronic library
* A professional recording studio
* A restaurant (with an open-air section) for artistic events
* An underground parking and storage space

The architectural redesign of both amphitheatres and of the ground level bar area was assigned to Mr. Mark Foley of the British architectural firm Burrell Foley Fischer Llp, Architects Urban Designers. The architectural lighting of both amphitheatres was assigned to Mr. James Morse of Light & Design Associates while the building-wide design of architectural lighting was assigned to Eleftheria Deko & Associates.

The goals of the Onassis Home of Letters and Fine Arts are multifarious. Among them is to encourage the development of Modern Greek culture and its promotion outside of Greece, as well as providing Greek artists with a fully equipped cultural center where they can present their work.

The Onassis Home of Letters and Fine Arts will also give foreign journalists, critics, and cultural managers a chance to become acquainted with the work of Greek artists. At the same time, it will give Greek artists the opportunity to make use of the Foundation's network of valuable contacts abroad, created in the course of its long-term involvement with the world of culture.

The Board of Directors has decided that the building will also be used for events organised jointly with foreign organizations, if such events are of interest to the Greek public, especially in the case of works that exhibit Greek elements.

Following the Foundation's decision to allow for the redesigning of specific wings of the building and the re-examination of the building's designs in general, in addition to serious delays by the building's contractors, the Onassis Home of Letters and Fine Arts will be inaugurated in the year 2010.

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Old October 12th, 2008, 05:20 PM   #2
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Old October 12th, 2008, 05:57 PM   #3
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Really odd building.
I am not sure why Athens insists on this blocky architecture but it could be worse!
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Old October 12th, 2008, 10:33 PM   #4
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are there 3 halls for concerts and theatre?
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Old October 13th, 2008, 09:05 AM   #5
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* A 900 seat amphitheatre, with a stage that can accommodate theatrical performances, a symphony orchestra, opera, dance, cinema, lectures and conferences
if its 900 seat, then i think its gonna be the bigest close theater in Greece. right?
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Really odd building.
I am not sure why Athens insists on this blocky architecture but it could be worse!
i really like this one even now, during the construction

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are there 3 halls for concerts and theatre?
if you mean in this bulding, yes... 3 theatres/concert halls or smthn
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Old October 13th, 2008, 09:50 AM   #6
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this center will add so much to the city! it is also opera house.
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yes indeed... its a super wow project for athens
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Old October 13th, 2008, 10:49 AM   #8
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Yes I agree, it will add both in terms of architecture and culture of course. There are two halls; the main hall will be able to accommodate concerts, opera, theatre or other events. The second hall is smaller and as you see at the plan is above the main hall. At the basement you may see a third hall which is the professional recording studio.

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will it be the second in Athens after Megaron Mouzikis?

As I know (it can be wrong), Megaron Mouzikis is not suitable for opera and ballet. It is said to me that Athens use Olimpia theare as opera. Is that true?
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Old October 14th, 2008, 12:24 AM   #10
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It is a great building..im sue when it will finished it will continue the tradition of the Onassis foundation buildings which are just incredible like Onassis Hospital on the same avenue at Syngrou....
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Old October 14th, 2008, 01:52 AM   #11
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if its 900 seat, then i think its gonna be the bigest close theater in Greece. right?
The biggest closed-type theater in Athens (and in whole Hellas i believe) is the Badminton theater, 2.500 seats.
It opened the previous year.





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The 2nd biggest in Athens is the "Friends of Music Hall" (at Megaron Mousikis), 1.961 seats.

[IMG]http://s4.************/2nlz8gi.jpg[/IMG]





www.megaron.gr
www.onassis.gr
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The 3rd is the "Alexandra Trianti Hall" (at Megaron Mousikis), 1.750 seats



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The 4th is the "Pallas theater", 1.500 seats

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I really like it! It looks great.
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Really odd building.
I am not sure why Athens insists on this blocky architecture but it could be worse!
I agree.
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I have to see it for myself. Becuase if I just base it from the diagrams it looks blah to me.
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