The concept design for the Stavros Niarchos Foundation
Cultural Center (SNFCC), housing the National Library of Greece and
the Greek National Opera, both set within the Stavros Niarchos
Park, was recently revealed.
SNFCC will be located at the Faliron Delta area in Athens, and will include the latest in environmentally progressive, state-of-the-art facilities. In addition to increased exposure to the arts and access to green space, both physical and virtual guests will benefit from the technologically advanced library.
In keeping with the mission to create an emissions neutral facility, the project has been conceptualized with the highest standards of environmental sustainability.
A pivotal design element, that will play a significant role in
helping achieve this aggressive standard, is the innovative roof -
a series of interconnected photovoltaic cell panels which will
cover the structure's needs, taking advantage of the pure "green"
solar and wind energy.
Another fundamental attribute incorporated into SNFCC is the
sea, which has played an important role in Greece's history and
culture. To draw in the sea's sense of light a canal will run
parallel to the existing Espalanade. Within the border of
SNFCC, the canal will provide visitors a place for family
gatherings, activity, and relaxation, while also fulfilling a need
for flood protection.
The Cultural Center's proximity to water, and the natural warm breezes and light of Athens were particularly inspiring during the design process. It was immediately clear that we must take advantage of all these elements to ultimately design a zero emissions building that expresses movement and energy.
Facts about SNFCC
ca. 187,800 m2
Architect: Renzo Piano Building Workshop
Last updated: December 17, 2012