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Old July 19th, 2016, 11:56 PM   #481
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amazing projects, congrats to the Greek!
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Old August 7th, 2016, 09:57 PM   #486
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This huge wall towards the road looks weird, if not ugly.
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Old August 10th, 2016, 02:33 PM   #487
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Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Centre

Athens, Grecia

2016

Proyecto de Renzo Piano Building Workshop



One of the most impressive photos that I have seen recently for the SNF Cultural Center by the French Photographer Michel Denance featuring the gigantic canopy and the lobby of the opera.

https://www.architonic.com/es/projec...centre/5103466


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As one of Athens’ earliest seaports on Faliro Bay, Kallithea has always had a strong relationship with the water. At present, however, despite its proximity, there is no view of the sea from the site. To restore this, an artificial hill is being created at the south (seaward) end of the site. The sloping park culminate in the cultural center building, giving it spectacular views towards the sea.
Both opera and library are combined in one building, with a public space, known as the Agora, providing access and connections between the two main facilities. The opera wing is composed of two auditoria, one (450 seats) dedicated to traditional operas and ballets, the other (1.400 seats) for more experimental performances. The library is intended as not only a place for learning and preserving culture, but also as a public resource, a space where culture is truly accessible to share and enjoy.
The entirely glass-walled library reading room sits on top of the building just underneath the canopy roof. A square horizontal transparent box, it enjoys 360-degree views of Athens and the sea. The site’s visual and physical connection with water continues in the park with a new canal that runs along a north–south, main pedestrian axis, the Esplanade. The canopy roof provides essential shade and has been topped with 10.000 sq m of photovoltaic cells, enough to generate 1.5 megawatt of power for the library and opera house. This field of cells should allow the building to be self-sufficient in energy terms during normal opening hours. Wherever possible, natural ventilation has been used.
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Old August 29th, 2016, 09:05 PM   #488
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Renzo Piano, Stavros Niarchos Cultural Center, Athens.
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Μετά απο αρκετές καιρό που είχα πρόβλημα με το καρπό στο χέρι, σήμερα κατάφερα για πρώτη φορά να πάρω το ποδήλατο και να πεταχτώ μέχρι το κέντρο πολιτισμού, και να βγάλω κάποιες φωτογραφίες. Σκεύτηκα να βγάλω περισσότερο τα κτίρια απο γωνίες που δεν τα έχουμε δεί και τόσο πολύ μέχρι στιγμής... Ελπίζω οι φώτο να σας αρέσουν






































close-up των φυτών στη πρόσοψη




































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Old September 4th, 2016, 03:37 AM   #489
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The park is now open to the public and a multitude of events, sport, classes, movie nights and concerts are taking place there on a daily basis. Renzo Piano's goal to create a place loved by people seems to have been realised fully. The relocation of the National Library and the National Opera to their new home is soon going to begin and hopefully after approximately 6 to 8 months the entire complex will be fully functional.














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Old September 4th, 2016, 06:12 PM   #490
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looks so beuatiful and green
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Old September 5th, 2016, 02:47 AM   #491
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quite a simple structure I must say. nevertheless, it works & looks good
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Old September 5th, 2016, 01:33 PM   #492
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Anything but simple. If you like, watch this video on the SNFCC, in particular the part with the first speaker who describes the centre and how complex and progressive it is, not only from an architectural stance but also from a social, environmental and economic perspective. It truly is a 'dream come true' for such an economically and socially ravaged country like Greece at the moment and hopefully can act as a significant catalyst for change on many levels.

Video starts with the first guest speaker who gives an insightful overview of this wonderful cultural centre.


Also, its perceived 'simplicity' as far as form and aesthetics is concerned conceals a state-of-the-art, very innovative and environmentally progressive structure that is largely covered in greenery, 85% in fact, with the Opera house also covered in solar panels. Greenery being a very important factor for such a concrete city like Athens. To have created a complex that would standout as a sculptural or iconic architectural landmark would almost look conceited and awkward in this part of Athens. Instead it subtly blends into the concrete jungle as a green oasis leading to a prominent, albeit 'under-stated' (no pun intended) structure. Lastly, I must say that the way it protrudes out like a ship ready to embark seems very fitting for the seaside location and Greece in general as a major seafaring nation with a rich maritime tradition and adding even further to that character is the fact that a shipping tycoon's foundation bankrolled it.





This wonderful centre has slowly grown on me and I absolutely love it now.
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Old September 6th, 2016, 03:16 PM   #493
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Well that simple project has already won a prestigious award as a marvel of engineering from U.S ENR Magazine.
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Influential U.S. industry magazine Engineering News-Record (ENR) has awarded a 2016 Global Best Project Award to the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center, built by Salini Impregilo according to a design by Renzo Piano.
Some useful information for the most innovative and challenging element of the complex, the gigantic energy canopy.
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Its structures were designed using the most advanced earthquake-proof techniques. One of the main topics that the Stavros Niarchos Cultural Centre tackles is environmental sustainability. The main buildings, the secondary buildings and the park were all designed keeping this in mind.

The feature that most characterises the Centre, in this sense, is the Energy Canopy. The roof is built using ferro-cement. in terms of dimension and static complexity it is a unique example, and up to this day nothing like this has ever been built elsewhere in the world. The Centre’s roof is without any doubt a key element of the project: an architectural, engineering masterpiece but also so, for the building techniques used.
The structure is made with light steel elements that connect two ferro-cement slabs, which are just a few centimetres thick and that form a kind of shell. It extends over a 2 skin 10.000 m² area. It weighs 3.500 tons and is supported by 30 steel columns with a maximum diameter of 30 cm. On top of these columns, there is a shock absorbing system that allows the entire structure to move if under the effect of thermal expansion, in case of strong wind and during earthquakes.
The energy Canopy is covered with 5,560 photovoltaic panels, which are sufficient to generate 2,280 kwh of electricity each year, which will allow the buildings to be nearly entirely energy-independent during normal activity. This and other innovative sustainable and environmental solutions allowed the Centre to receive the “platinum” certification from LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design), the highest certification issued by this body, which is the most prestigious when it comes to constructions.
http://www.salini-impregilo.com/en/p...re-athens.html

A technical description of the project with the energy canopy.
http://www.building.co.uk/stavros-ni...062682.article

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Roof canopies don’t come much larger than the one being built at the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Centre (SNFCC) in Athens. Measuring a stupendous 100m x 100m, the structure could very nearly accommodate the entire footprint of Buckingham Palace on its surface.It is this structure that is of particular interest - not just for its scale, but also in terms of innovation. Uniquely, the canopy has been constructed almost entirely from ferrocement, which has been used as both structure and finish. Ferrocement is a material more commonly associated with boats or water tanks, and even on the relatively few occasions when it has been applied to a building, it tends to be used as cladding rather than structure.

Therefore its use on a structure of this scale is virtually unprecedented. But, as Expedition associate director Tim Hurstwyn explains, ferrocement proved to be the ideal solution for the various challenges that the design team had set for the roof. “The canopy acts like an ‘umbrella’ component - the architect had envisaged it like a cloud hovering over the complex below but largely separate from it physically and structurally. Therefore the canopy had to be lightweight but with a sense of solidity to it. The architect also didn’t want any joints - the surface had to completely smooth and continuous, rather like a Cadillac!”
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“And, as the building is in a seismic activity zone, it is entirely supported on giant base isolators. These comprise bearings placed on the foundations that essentially enable the building to slide if an earthquake were to strike, thereby avoiding absorbing the horizontal force of the tremor.”

At almost 3m wide, the base isolators at SNFCC are among the largest anywhere outside Japan, and it is only the second time the system has been used in Greece. Various material options were explored to satisfy this diverse range of requirements, with steel consistently emerging as a preferred choice. But these ideas were always eventually abandoned, largely because none of them were capable of satisfying the requirements for concealed joints. It was partially on this basis that ferrocement was eventually selected.
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Preventing sag and deflection proved to be among the biggest challenges, as Hurstyn explains. “Pre-setting of the roof is crucial, as it covers such a large area and is formed from a thin, hollow composite; one end could sag before the other is finished. So we have had to implement a strictly timed assembly programme that ensures evenly dispersed load over the area being constructed.”

Other methods were more low-tech - bags of sand were commonly used to measure deflection rates. Wind loading tests were also conducted, as were - incredibly for Athens - snow loading tests. “Athens doesn’t get much snow,” grins Weir, “but on the rare occasions when it does, you can imagine a huge dump of snow on the roof because it covers such a large area. Also, prevailing wind direction in Athens would mean that the snow is likely to blown to one end of the roof rather than evenly dispersed. We had to be confident the canopy could support this.”

How the canopy is supported is the last but hugely important part of the roof’s construction. The canopy sits on 30 steel columns arranged on a 15m grid. Due to the sloping ground, the columns range from 10m to 18m in height. The braced outer ring of columns supports a precipitous 12.5m cantilever around the canopy’s edge. But even more ambitious is the soaring 60m column-free span at the centre of the canopy, left open to accommodate the opera house auditorium located here in the building below and punctuated only by a towering carbon fibre mast feature that extends 20m above the roof.
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http://www.building.co.uk/stavros-ni...062682.article
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Old September 7th, 2016, 02:30 AM   #494
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Mast Installation | Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center
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Old September 11th, 2016, 03:07 PM   #495
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Από David Lurie / flickr:
floating roof by David Lurie, on Flickr

Athenian vista by David Lurie, on Flickr
The impressive canopy of the SNFCC and the view from the Lighthouse level.
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Old October 17th, 2016, 07:22 PM   #497
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Stupendous!!...What's the price tag of that beauty?..
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Old October 19th, 2016, 11:06 AM   #498
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Amazing, can't wait to visit Athens to see full effect in person. I am assuming the photovoltaic cells will provide all the energy needed by this complex.
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SNFCC Earns Platinum LEED Certification

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), the organization that has developed the leading international certification system for green buildings, has announced that the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center (SNFCC) has received a Platinum level LEED certification, the highest possible rating for environmentally conscious and sustainable buildings.

Projects gain LEED points by reaching certain performance levels in a number of different categories. The SNFCC attained a Platinum rating by earning points for: construction activity pollution prevention, site selection, development density and community connectivity, brownfield redevelopment, bicycle storage and changing rooms, low-emitting and fuel-efficient vehicles, parking capacity, protection and restoration of habitat, maximization of open space, storm-water management, heat island effect, light pollution reduction, water efficient landscaping, innovative wastewater technologies, water use reduction, fundamental commissioning of the building energy systems, optimized energy performance, on-site renewable energy, storage and collection of recyclables, construction waste management, recycled content, regional materials, certified wood, indoor environmental quality, and innovation in design.

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Natural resources, energy saving, observing the breeze, catching the sun. All those things have been in the DNA of the SNFCC in Athens right from the very beginning,” said Renzo Piano, the project’s architect. “I am pleased and honored that we have received the Platinum LEED recognition. This is the best you can have in making buildings today. This excellence joins the profound ethic of the Centre to be a place for people, for art, for culture and for environment.”

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