by | 07. Aug 2012

Cultural | Feature | Sustainable

Drawing courtesy RPBW



Drawing courtesy RPBW

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.


Drawing courtesy RPBW

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.


Drawing courtesy RPBW

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.
/Renzo Piano.

Sketch courtesy RPBW

This precedent setting relationship with the Greek State, to create a new urban icon, is the first public-private endeavor of its kind. SNFCC is expected to receive LEED certification.


Drawing courtesy RPBW



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