Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center

Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center

The Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center is a complex in the bay of Faliron in Athens which includes new facilities for the National Library of Greece (NLG) and the National Opera (GNO), as well as the 210,000 m² Stavros Niarchos Park. The Center was designed by architect Renzo Piano and is being built by the Stavros Niarchos Foundation.

The €566 million project was completed in 2016, and was donated to the Greek state in 2017.

The Stavros Niarchos Park offers many surprises. Guests can rest in specially designed seating areas or explore a nearby circular labyrinth. Children can play in creative playgrounds of innovative design. The Park is ideal for the children, but also for all citizens, who will be able to enjoy their leisure walk, exercise or attend concerts, exhibitions, and a multitude of other events.

Greece’s strong horticultural tradition is celebrated in the open, sunlit Mediterranean Garden. Each month will bring a new color, and each season will introduce a different combination of flowers or foliage.

From the Mediterranean Garden, curving landscaped pathways wend their way up a gentle grade to a summit 32 m high. Beneath the earth is the building that houses the National Library and Opera House, making the hill the green roof for the structure.

One of the largest in Europe, the green roof significantly reduces air conditioning requirements. The summit offers spectacular 360-degree views of the sea to the west, the Acropolis to the east, and the cultural and educational park below, as well as of the Agora, the central plaza between the National Library and the Opera House.

Another prize awaits the visitors of the Park’s summit: a 900 m2 glass-walled Reading Room, a space for people seeking a quiet area to read and reflect or to appreciate the view. The Reading Room is in terms of functionality an extension of the Agora, and will become a place to organize cultural and educational events as well.

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