Atene. Stavros Niarchos Cultural Center

Atene. Stavros Niarchos Cultural Center

The Renzo Piano Foundation issued its eighth monograph in 2016.

The fascinating story begins with an encounter between two people, Renzo Piano and Andreas Dracopoulos, director of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation. They immediately shared the vision and objectives of the project, making the focus of the design process “education, culture, sustainability and environmental balance,” the values that the Stavros Foundation wanted to fulfil. The project sought to embody the Greek maxim kalos kai agathos, the  beautiful is also the good, an ideal that, by uniting ethics and aesthetics, embraced Greek cultural values in a timely undertaking.

The Greek landscape, its flora and its light are essential components of the project, recounted, like the other volumes in the series, through the voices of the protagonists.



Technical Information

Closed size:
28x28 cm

212 pages, printed in 4 colors + paint
Cover with double inside flap. 


ISBN code: 
978-88-6264-012-1 Italian/English 
978-88-6264-013-8 Greek/English

Volume edited by

Lia Piano

Conception and development 

Lia Piano and Franco Origoni with Giorgio Bianchi and Elena Spadavecchia

With the participation of

Stavros Niarchos Foundation – Andreas Dracopoulos, Deborah Nevis & Associates – Deborah Nevins; Renzo Piano Building Workshop – Vassily Laffineur, Dionysios Tsagkaropulos, Shunji Ishida, Giovanna Langasco, Antonio Porcile, Linda Zunino; Renzo Piano Foundation – Giovanna Giusto, Nicoletta Durante; Andrea Chiabrera, Lorenzo Ciccarelli

Graphic design and layout

Origoni Steiner Origoni architects Franco and Anna Steiner
with Giorgia D'Arienzo


Anna Papastavrou Richard Sadleir
Miranda Westwood and Verto Group Ltd.


Renzo Piano Foundation