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  7. Visitors Center of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center / Agis Mourelatos + Spiros Yiotakis

Visitors Center of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center / Agis Mourelatos + Spiros Yiotakis

  • 01:00 - 22 October, 2014
Visitors Center of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center / Agis Mourelatos + Spiros Yiotakis
Visitors Center of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center / Agis Mourelatos + Spiros Yiotakis, © Yorgis Yerolymbos – SNFCC SA
© Yorgis Yerolymbos – SNFCC SA

© Yorgis Yerolymbos – SNFCC SA © Yorgis Yerolymbos – SNFCC SA © Yorgis Yerolymbos – SNFCC SA © Yorgis Yerolymbos – SNFCC SA + 18

  • Structural Design

    OMETE
  • MEP Design

    Ldk Συμβουλοι Μηχανικοι Αε
  • Landcape Design

    H. Pangalou & Associates – Landscape Architects
  • Construction

    Ballian Techniki S.A.
  • Project Supervision

    Salini Impregilo – TERNA
  • Furniture and Equipment

    Erato Koutsoudaki – Yerolymbos, architect-museologist
  • Reception Furniture

    Agis Mourelatos, Spyros Giotakis
  • Museum Consulting

    Andromache Gazi, Assistant Professor in Museology, Panteion University/, Erato Koutsoudaki – Yerolymbos, architect-museologist
  • Associate Architects for Museum Consulting

    Katerina Gambat, Eleni Boni, Kostas Antonakis
  • Special Associate

    Kalliopi Koutroumpi, museologist – museum educator
  • Associates

    antidot design studio – Christopher Brellis and Filippos Avgeris, graphic design, visual communication
  • Lighting Design

    Erato Koutsoudaki – Yerolymbos, architect-museologist, Lightingworks – lighting consultants
  • Owner

    STAVROS NIARCHOS FOUNDATION CULTURAL CENTER SA
  • Tenderer

    STAVROS NIARCHOS FOUNDATION CULTURAL CENTER SA
  • More Specs Less Specs
© Yorgis Yerolymbos – SNFCC SA
© Yorgis Yerolymbos – SNFCC SA

Text description provided by the architects. The building is Visitors Center for the construction site of Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center (SNFCC). The Renzo Piano complex, houses the new National Library, the new Opera house and a large park, and will offer to the citizens the opportunity to experience the city of Athens in a radically different way. The building reveals the city’s strong relationship with the sea, as well as with the existing Attic landscape.

Floor Plan
Floor Plan

Moreover, it essentially renews the relation of the local population to public spaces. By recognizing the effected changes, the proposal aims to redefine the relationship between public spaces in the region, and the new, changing urban cityscape. It seeks, therefore, to develop a dialectical relationship between the observer and the construction site, which is not considered merely as an exhibit, but as a stimulus for the future of dwelling in Athens.

© Yorgis Yerolymbos – SNFCC SA
© Yorgis Yerolymbos – SNFCC SA

The visitors’ center is situated on the esplanade at the south boundary of the Worksite. The building creates its own ground due to a metal platform that seems to hover upon the esplanade. The roof is a slender metal construction, that seems to suspend, as it is supported by cylindrical metal columns. The boundaries of the building are constructed using sliding, glazed, laminated surfaces, which are mounted independently of the columns supporting the roof and which provide full transparency as well as the ability of transformation from a fully to a semi-enclosed space.On the SE side, the enclosure slides across the platform over a transparent floor. The lightweight roof extends beyond the glazed enclosure, creating protected and shaded areas. At the NW and NE side of the Visitors’ Center the interior extends and merges with the outdoor platform, thus enabling the use of outdoor exhibition areas and a resting space.

Detail
Detail

Our vision was to construct a mild scaled structure (by no means competing with the primary building) which will function as a light/transparent pavilion (allowing the surroundings to flow in), offering visitors the opportunity to be informed about the construction phases of the primary building within an organized area, promoting tranquility, concentration and desire for information.

© Yorgis Yerolymbos – SNFCC SA
© Yorgis Yerolymbos – SNFCC SA

The simplicity of form and the scale of this small, temporary structure, is a poetic response to the Renzo Piano complex.

© Yorgis Yerolymbos – SNFCC SA
© Yorgis Yerolymbos – SNFCC SA

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Cite: "Visitors Center of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center / Agis Mourelatos + Spiros Yiotakis" 22 Oct 2014. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/557166/visitors-center-of-the-stavros-niarchos-foundation-cultural-center-betaplan/> ISSN 0719-8884
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