ArchitectRenzo Piano Building Workshop
The new Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center is a gift from the Stavros Niarchos Foundation to the country of Greece, developed to serve as a catalyst to both short and mid-term economic stimulus. Located southwest of the Acropolis on a site overlooking the Mediterranean Sea, the SNFCC will house the Greek National Library, the Greek National Opera, and a plethora of educational and public amenities including the adjacent Stavros Niarchos Park.
Front provided system design and analysis services from concept design through construction administration. The monumental scale of the project includes a world-record 75 ft (23 m) tall glass fin supported glazing system with the glass fins partially engaged in the exterior envelope. These vast, highly transparent walls also include exterior motorized roller blinds to control solar heat gain. Building integrated photovoltaics form the top surface of the monumental roof canopy that extends over the primary building, providing power to the site.
The project achieved LEED platinum and was selected as International Project of the Year at the Building Awards.