Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center

Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center

The Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center is a many-sided project, with different functions that bring it to life: the National Library, the Greek Opera House and a large park in the area of the Phaleron. To preserve space for the greenery, the two functions are inserted beneath the ground which raised with a slope of 1:20 reaches a height of 30 m above the level of the road. At the top of the elevation is the main reading room of the library,a ligth structure whose walls are completely permeable to light.



Project data


2008 - 2011


2012 - 2016

Site area

175.000 m2

Total Floor Area

88.000 m2

Planted roof

17.000 m2 (1.440 trees 300.000 other plants)


35,50 m (mast 83 m)


8 + 2 basements

Awards and certificates

LEED platinum



The Stavros Niarchos Foundation


Renzo Piano Building Workshop, architects in collaboration with Betaplan (Athens)


Expedition Engineering/OMETE (structure); Arup/LDK Consultants (MEP, sustainability, acoustics, lighting, security, IT); Theater Project Consultants (theater equipment); Front (facade engineering); Deborah Nevins & Associates/H.Pangalou (landscaping); C&G Partners, M.Harlé/J.Cottencin (signage); Faithful+Gould (project and cost management); AMA Alexi Marmot Associates (library & learning space)