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Old April 3rd, 2014, 09:00 PM   #201
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Renzo Piano tends to do very solid, but not overly spectacular work - except of course for the Shard. I would say that this project fall into the same area. He retains a fondness for square structures (like the Chicago Art Gallery extension) which gives his buildings a substantial feel, but he doesn't quite rise to the heights of those "starchitects" who have adopted a more organic, free-flowing look.
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Old April 4th, 2014, 03:12 PM   #202
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I agree. Pompidou centre gave him much fame, but hasn't developed a clear style like others.
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Old April 11th, 2014, 07:27 PM   #203
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Old April 16th, 2014, 11:27 PM   #204
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Old April 18th, 2014, 05:16 AM   #205
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This is the only project I can remember in Greece that has been planned, approved and constructed so damn fast. An amazing success for everyone involved.
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Old April 23rd, 2014, 09:34 PM   #206
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Aerial views of the construction site and a pdf presentation of the project.

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Old April 25th, 2014, 09:37 PM   #207
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Old April 25th, 2014, 11:33 PM   #208
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Eeehhh. It's OK; not grand; very understated but I think as two national institutions of a country, the design could've made a grander statement.

2 other comments:
- those LONG, deep staircases shown...maybe over 200 steps or so -- people won't be using a staircase that LONG and deep. Such a waste of space and materials.

- the stacking of books...most of them rare. I think Piano's behind the curve on that one. Ordinary users won't or shouldn't be allowed to handle the rare books. So unless it's only librarians who will have access to those books, I think Piano's allocation of space for the old-fashioned areas of the library vs. the minimal space needed for a 21st century, digital library seems out of balance.

Finally, where are the Greek columns?? How did they miss those? (I never did like Piano's work on the California Academy of Science in San Francisco and the design for one cruise ship.) This SN project could've been better.
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Old May 14th, 2014, 04:54 PM   #209
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Renzo Piano tends to do very solid, but not overly spectacular work - except of course for the Shard. I would say that this project fall into the same area. He retains a fondness for square structures (like the Chicago Art Gallery extension) which gives his buildings a substantial feel, but he doesn't quite rise to the heights of those "starchitects" who have adopted a more organic, free-flowing look.
Thank God this project didn't go the way of deconstructivism which I suppose is the 'starchitects' you allude too. I've been a critic of this project for its lack of monumentalism but it's really growing on me now. It's understated aesthetic qualities is what's appealing to me now and I think it's looking marvellous because of that. Bravo to all involved and another indication that within the private sector things can really get done well in Greece. A world class development that I'm very much looking forward to seeing when complete.
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Old May 14th, 2014, 06:57 PM   #211
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Some pictures of the trees that will be planted in the park surrounding the new national library and opera
Referring to page 7, post 132

Why are they planting platanus in a mediterranean city like Athens and moreover next to the sea?

We need more subtropical plants for the park which create a nice exotic feeling the entire year. We need olive trees, palms, more pines and maybe some eucalyptus trees.

This makes me really thoughtful. We have to understand that Athens is neither Hamburg nor Rotterdam. Look at the seasides of comparable cities like Barcelona, Izmir or Malaga!

Please help promoting mediterranean gardening in Greek cities!

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Old May 15th, 2014, 10:04 AM   #212
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Is there a moderator around who can update the first post with some renderings? Now people have to scroll through this entire thread in order to find some visuals.

By the way: good progress on this project!
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Old May 15th, 2014, 01:21 PM   #213
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Palms are not native and are dying out and, especially now, due to a plant parasite.
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About the plant parasite the same had told me a agriculturist who i met last summer.

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The auditorium of the main stage as seen from the side stage. May 1, 2014
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The planting is moving forward:


The Mediterranean Garden at the Stavros Niarchos Park is gradually being formed. May 27, 2014 Photo: Yiorgis Yerolymbos

To remember how the Mediterranean Garden is going to look like when finished



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Allées leading further into the Park, lined with tall pine and olive trees interspersed with smaller trees, create contrast between closed and open space, light and dark, color and texture. At the center of the Park is the Great Lawn, an open space for larger gatherings, which can also function as a venue for concerts, festivals and films.

Greece’s strong horticultural tradition is celebrated in the open, sunlit Mediterranean Garden. The plant palette alone will make the garden a destination: evergreen and other endemic plants such as boxwood, coronilla, cistus, and lentisc, salvia, oregano, thyme, lavender, rosemary, roses and euphorbias – all add to the sensual pleasure of a visit. Each month will bring a new color, and each season will introduce a different combination of flowers or foliage.
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με αγωνία απελευθέρωσης και με διαθέσεις μιας ιπτάμενης φυγής προς τ'άστρα; M.X.
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Old June 1st, 2014, 01:54 AM   #218
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It really is a beautiful project.
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