The Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center by Renzo Piano

The design for the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center at the Faliron Delta area in Athens, . The building is being designed by -in my opinion- the master of sustainable architecture: .

The SNFCC is not  an ordinary building, as it will house a very important program: the National Library of Greece and the Greek National Opera.

This 187,800 sqm project – a private-public endeavor – will have a cost of € $450m, financed entirely by the Stavros Niarchos Foundation, and once completed in 2015 it will be turned over the Greek State.

There´s only a few images available at the moment, but from the model and sections we can see how the building integrates into the slope of the park, and it´s connected to the sea through a canal parallel to the existing explanade. On this, Piano says: “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”.

The roof consists in a series of interconnected photovoltaic cell panels which will cover the structure’s needs, taking advantage of the pure “green” solar and wind energy, in a similar way to the California Academy of Science.

We´ll keep you posted on the future development of this project. More images -courtesy of Renzo Piano Building Workshop- after the break.

Cite: Basulto, David. "The Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center by Renzo Piano" 02 Feb 2009. ArchDaily. Accessed 27 May 2015. <>
  • Ceno

    Any more pics for this building? Site plan? Section plan? perspective pics?

  • George Petsagourakis

    I would like to do the Greek version of the article.
    The presentation had been in the news last week, I couldn’t find any detailed information on the web about it. So having it on my blog in Greek would be a good thing for people who want more information on this. Please let me know.

  • dudeguy

    It’s ok to have a comment.

  • sgurin

    Хочется больше информации по объекту. It is necessary for more information.

  • JDR

    Interesting integration in the urban fabric, but the images…
    they are absolutely terrible. That is not how you make plans / sections etc…
    I don’t really “get” the project either, there are slopes, roofs, pits, outside auditoriums, people sitting under a shelter, cars everywhere…

    Ugh, please…

  • Richie

    The drawings are hard to read alright.. I’m sure the project will be up to Renzo Piano’s studio’s usual high standard though and I’m looking forward to seeing more info on it.

  • Pablo

    Seams to me that it is a nice project to bear.

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  • Year One Online

    After reading the article, I just feel that I need more information on the topic. Could you share some resources please?
    p.s. Year One is already on the Internet and you can watch it for free.

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