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Old June 26th, 2016, 04:29 AM   #461
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renzo piano unites opera house and library with cultural complex in athens
http://www.designboom.com/architectu...ns-06-24-2016/


Summer celebration: the SNFCC, Athens’ newest cultural complex, opens its doors
Architecture / 24 Jun 2016 / By Ellie Stathaki

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Greek cultural centre opens

Written by Sandy Guthrie - 24 Jun 2016

http://www.khl.com/magazines/constru...l-centre-opens

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See the Opening of the Long-Awaited Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center
Sarah Cascone, Friday, June 24, 2016

https://news.artnet.com/art-world/st...-center-526778
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The Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center (SNFCC) comes to life through the event Metamorphosis in Athens, Greece, June 24, 2016. The SNFCC is a multifunctional and environmentally sustainable education, arts and recreation destination. It includes the new state of the art facilities of the National Library of Greece, the Greek National Opera and the Stavros Niarchos Park, covering an area of 210,000 sqm.
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Drone views of the SNFCC complex!
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Renzo Piano completes Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center on a huge artificial hill.
Italian architect Renzo Piano has finished a major new park, library and theatre complex in Athens, following one of the largest donations for a cultural building project in history (+ slideshow).
http://www.dezeen.com/2016/06/28/ren...tificial-hill/





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Located in the Kallithea district in the south of the Greek capital, the huge Stavros Niarchos Cultural Centre creates new homes for the National Library of Greece and the Greek National Opera, tucked beneath a new 170,000-square-metre sloping park and beside a 400-metre-long rectangular lake.The project was made possible by a €596 million (£496 million) donation from the Stavros Niarchos Foundation – the charity set up after the death of billionaire Greek shipping tycoon Stavros Niarchos.

Now the complex is complete, the foundation is handing it as a gift to the Greek state, but will continue to contribute to its upkeep.
Renzo Piano Building Workshop was selected for the project following an invited competition in 2008. The brief was to transform a former parking lot left over from the 2004 Olympic Games, the abandoned stadia of which still dot the bay beyond the complex.

The firm's first move was to a create a huge artificial hill that rises towards the south end of the site, creating a view of the sea that once lapped the bay of Kallithea but which has long since been pushed out of sight by development and a major highway.



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Design architect: Renzo Piano Building Workshop
Executive architect: Betaplan
Landscape design: Deborah Nevins and Associates and H Pangalou and Associates
Structural engineer: Expedition and Omete
MEP engineer: Arup and LDK
Acoustic design: Arup Acoustics
Library consultants: British Library
Facade consultant: Front
Signage design: Atelier Martine Harlé
Traffic consultant: Denco
Irrigation design: Sotirios Mavraganis
Project manager/LEED sustainability and cost consultants: Faithful and Gould
Commissioning consultant: Ebert & Baumann Consulting Engineers Inc
Occupational safety and health consultants: Ergonomia


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Old June 30th, 2016, 09:07 AM   #467
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absolutely wonderful. Europe's leading major environmental (LEED certification) development too. Congrats to the private benefactor SNF and the architect Renzo Piano. The nation that gave birth to western culture and theatre now has the world's most modern and architecturally progressive cultural centre and opera house...and a wonderful, expansive park to go with it. Bravo, one more reason to visit Athens...
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Old June 30th, 2016, 02:42 PM   #468
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Coming Together: Renzo Piano Talks to Yatzer about the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center
https://www.yatzer.com/stavros-niarc...zo-piano-snfcc
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"When you begin a project you don't start from one thing and go from there; you start with everything together!" Mr. Renzo Piano enthusiastically shared with us when we met with him last week in the second floor reading room of the new, National Library of Greece, which is just one part of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center (SNFCC). It is a room full of the scent of fresh wood and paint, and the possibility of the realization of as many future dreams as there are empty shelves standing at-the-ready to house the soon-to-be incoming influx of two million books. The construction of the SNFCC also encompasses the new, impressive National Opera of Greece and the Stavros Niarchos Park with its open air Agora, Esplanade and cooling canal. Situated beside the Port of Phaliron in Athens, Greece, the project, since its conception in 2006, has greatly occupied the minds of Greeks in general and Athenians in particular. So it was with great curiosity that we visited the sunny and sprawling complex, a site that masterfully fuses nature with mechanical and structural ingenuity.

Architect, Renzo Piano, needs no formal introduction. The incredible buildings that bear his signature worldwide, such as the Pompidou Center in Paris, the Shard in London and the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco to name but a small sampling, all share a single, remarkable characteristic -- the ability to enhance and create a positive impact on the surroundings in which they are placed. "The idea to make the Cultural Center [a place] of civic life came together with the idea to make a big park rather than 'eat up' the park space to make buildings," Mr. Piano shares with us with palpable fervor. "So, the park came first and then the buildings were created which are actually protected by the park. Everything comes together," he tells us referring to the cool room in which we are currently seated. "A library today is completely different from what it used to be," he says. "The first library I built was at the Pompidou with Richard Rogers, 40 years ago. Today, you have [to house] physical books as well as a virtual connection to the rest of the world. It's not just about the book anymore, it's about the spirit," he shares. "From the top floor reading room upstairs one can breathe," he says as he takes a deep, illustrative breath. "It makes it a spiritual experience. Of course, one can make a beautiful library in a basement… but it's different being surrounded by the energy of the sun."



Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Centre, Athens, by Renzo Piano

28 June 2016 | By Ike Ijeh

http://www.bdonline.co.uk/stavros-ni...082363.article
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Old June 30th, 2016, 06:49 PM   #469
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First class project!..magnificent!
Renzo Piano is definitely in my top five!
The landscape design is amazing alsoeborah Nevins and Associates(from NY)design many private gardens for high end mansions in California..
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Old July 2nd, 2016, 02:46 PM   #470
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Plush green-roofed cultural center replaces 2004 Olympic Games facilities in Athens
http://inhabitat.com/plush-green-roo...ies-in-athens/
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The Stavros Niarchos Cultural Center looks like an artificial hill that rises towards the south part of the site to a maximum height of 32 meters (104 feet), offering great views of the sea and the bay of Kallithea. A sloping park, planted with indigenous species and conceived by New York landscape designer Deborah Nevins, tops the opera house and the library.

Struggling with Austerity, Greece Gets a Cultural Center to Cheer About
BY Rachel Corbett | June 27, 2016

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“There is nothing like it,” art historian Robert Storr said in his remarks on Thursday introducing a video-art installation he curated as part of a four-day festival intended to acquaint the public with the site. It is a historic development in philanthropy, he added, for a foundation not only to have undertaken such an expensive project but also to have “given it to the public outright.”

In its current location, which it has occupied for 100 years, the National Library lacks the modern amenities of its counterparts in other cosmopolitan cities. It has been used exclusively for research and not for the lending of books. This will change when it moves into its Cultural Center home. The new building will house the region’s first public library, with community work areas, recording studios, and book borrowing privileges. It will also contain climate-controlled conservation centers to better preserve the library’s 5,000 ancient manuscripts, the oldest dating back to the 10th century. That represents a vast improvement, according to Dimitris Protopsaltou, the Cultural Center’s chief operating officer, who noted that at present, “there is no conservation; they don’t even have air conditioning.” The archives, explained Andriopoulou, are basically housed “in cardboard boxes in a back room.”

The opera, meanwhile, will upgrade from an 800-person auditorium to one with 1,400 seats. It will also have a larger stage for producing more-theatrical operas, “like Wagner,” Andriopoulou said, as well as productions of other musical genres. The foundation, she noted, insisted on these changes to the two institutions because it “wanted the space not only for academics and operagoers — the elite — but for everyone.”
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How is this good architecture?
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Italian Architect Renzo Piano Designs Magnificent Hilltop Arts Center In Athens
http://www.forbes.com/sites/keithfla.../#5458d8bf55a0
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The Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center (named for the late billionaire shipping tycoon whose foundation gifted the $660 million project to Athens) is home to the National Library of Greece, the Greek National Opera, a public park, a reflection pool, and a plaza called Agora (inspired by ancient Greek “gathering places”)—where visitors will mingle, picnic, walk the landscaped Deborah Nevis-designed pathways or attend outdoor events and concerts. There’s even a labyryth field.

Pritzker Prize-winning Piano transformed the colossal space by raising the foundation artificially. He built a panoramic sloped hill that lushly extends upward, literally forming the library and opera house rooftop—peaking at 105 feet, so high that the thin overhanging canopy requires an antenna. The structure’s photovoltaic panels generate enough power (2.5 megawatts) to run the facility.
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Open your eyes and mind - it's environmentally first class and innovative to begin with. Socrates would be proud.


Excellent article from equally excellent Greek design magazine Yatzer...great pics too.

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Coming Together: Renzo Piano talks to Yatzer about the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center

"When you begin a project you don't start from one thing and go from there; you start with everything together!" Mr. Renzo Piano enthusiastically shared with us when we met with him last week in the second floor reading room of the new, National Library of Greece, which is just one part of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center (SNFCC). It is a room full of the scent of fresh wood and paint, and the possibility of the realization of as many future dreams as there are empty shelves standing at-the-ready to house the soon-to-be incoming influx of two million books. The construction of the SNFCC also encompasses the new, impressive National Opera of Greece and the Stavros Niarchos Park with its open air Agora, Esplanade and cooling canal. Situated beside the Port of Phaliron in Athens, Greece, the project, since its conception in 2006, has greatly occupied the minds of Greeks in general and Athenians in particular. So it was with great curiosity that we visited the sunny and sprawling complex, a site that masterfully fuses nature with mechanical and structural ingenuity.

Architect, Renzo Piano, needs no formal introduction. The incredible buildings that bear his signature worldwide, such as the Pompidou Center in Paris, the Shard in London and the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco to name but a small sampling, all share a single, remarkable characteristic -- the ability to enhance and create a positive impact on the surroundings in which they are placed. "The idea to make the Cultural Center [a place] of civic life came together with the idea to make a big park rather than 'eat up' the park space to make buildings," Mr. Piano shares with us with palpable fervor. "So, the park came first and then the buildings were created which are actually protected by the park. Everything comes together," he tells us referring to the cool room in which we are currently seated. "A library today is completely different from what it used to be," he says. "The first library I built was at the Pompidou with Richard Rogers, 40 years ago. Today, you have [to house] physical books as well as a virtual connection to the rest of the world. It's not just about the book anymore, it's about the spirit," he shares. "From the top floor reading room upstairs one can breathe," he says as he takes a deep, illustrative breath. "It makes it a spiritual experience. Of course, one can make a beautiful library in a basement… but it's different being surrounded by the energy of the sun."

It's true that the eighth floor reading room truly offers a unique library experience, wherein a glance towards the clear views of the Acropolis, Lycabetus Hill and Tourkovounia to the east remind visitors that they are in the middle of a large city, while westward views reveals the sparkling blue Mediterranean Sea. "I am a Mediterranean man myself and this country has the great quality to be in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea —one of the greatest places in the world," he says.

"Have you visited the Opera House?" he asks, pointing out that the facilities have been designed to house not only operas but ballet performances as well as every other form of musical recital. "Building an opera house is a special thing; you cannot create it yourself. You have to use specific guidelines so that the operas produced in other places around the world, such as in Zurich or New York, can also be presented elsewhere, too. I love music. Ballet, contemporary music… everything. It all comes together!"

The respective lobbies of the National Library and National Opera are connected through the open air Agora space which was created as "a social idea" where visitors are encouraged to mingle, but at the same time, as a place which enables visitors to truly "feel" their surroundings.

https://www.yatzer.com/stavros-niarc...zo-piano-snfcc
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Ancient Athens Neighborhood Pins Hopes on a Cultural Center
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/06/re...pera.html?_r=0
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ATHENS — Along a busy thoroughfare in the coastal neighborhood of Kallithea, Alekos Niras fingered worry beads, awaiting customers who were fewer and farther between. In 14 years of tending his street kiosk, business had never been so bad.

He is holding out hope, though, that his prospects could soon change, thanks to a new cultural project nearby.

A short walk away stands a complex housing the National Opera and National Library, three years in the making, at a cost of 566 million euros, or $623 million. It is aimed not only at revamping and reviving two of Greece’s most important cultural institutions, but also at providing a much needed jolt for the neighborhood that surrounds them.

“Maybe things will improve,” said Mr. Niras, a tanned and graying 65-year-old. “They can’t get any worse.”

The struggles faced by Mr. Niras mirror those of Kallithea, which translates from Greek as “beautiful view.”

An ancient predecessor of the neighborhood was mentioned in Plato’s dialogues, and Kallithea itself played host to sporting events not only during the 2004 Summer Olympics, but during the 1896 Games as well. More recently, however, it has been hit hard by Greece’s debt crisis and ensuing economic downturn.

Mr. Niras recalled that in the early years at his kiosk, customers bought sandwiches, chocolates and magazines, all of which provided him with a healthy profit. Now, they mostly just want cigarettes.


Across the neighborhood, scores of businesses have closed, property prices have tumbled, and Kallithea is a shadow of its former self.

Hopes for improvement lie with the nearby Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center, named after a Greek shipping magnate who died in 1996.

Built on the site of a former horse racing track and parking lot, the arts complex, which opened late last month, is one of the biggest projects in Athens since the period just before the 2004 Games.

Construction has mostly ground to a halt in Greece since the onset of the debt crisis. A contractor for the arts complex project, Salini Impregilo of Italy, which is doing the work in a joint venture with the Greek company Terna, noted that a series of hurdles had plagued the project, including the refusal of foreign banks to supply credit and the government’s imposition of capital controls.
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SNFCC - As a masterpiece of engineering that already started to receive prestigious global awards this new emblem of Athens is worth a visit!
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ENR Announces 2016 Global Best Projects Winners
Annual competition highlights teamwork and overcoming hurdles of designing and building internationally

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It’s my pleasure to announce the winners of ENR’s 4th annual Global Best Projects competition. The contest joins ENR’s successful regional and national U.S. competitions in identifying and honoring the project teams behind outstanding design and construction efforts of the past year.

Industry veterans selected 23 projects hailing from 15 different countries and five continents as outstanding examples of the risks and rewards - and the hurdles overcome - of designing and building internationally.

The judges looked at projects in many markets and examined safety performance, innovations, challenges, and design and construction quality - with a special emphasis on the diversity of global project teams and their collaboration. They also considered how the project benefits the local community and/or the construction industry.

The panel selected Global Best Project winners in a variety of categories. They also had the option of choosing Award of Merit honorees.

All of the winning projects – and judges – will be spotlighted in more detail in the Sept. 19 issue of ENR.

Come celebrate all of the awarded projects on Oct. 11 at the New York Hilton Midtown in New York City, which follows the ENR Global Construction Summit. Visit www.globalbestprojects.com for more info. Hope to see you there!

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Global Best Project: Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center, located in Athens, Greece. Submitted by Joint Venture Salini Impregilo S.p.A. - TERNA S.A.
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Building similar to the Athens Library

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