The Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF) and the Renzo Piano Building Workshop unveiled the final architectural designs for the Foundation's cultural center (SNFCC) at the Faliron Delta in southern coastal Athens, during a press conference in the Greek capital on Wednesday.
The construction of the cultural, educational, and recreational complex, designed by noted Italian architect Renzo Piano, who is regarded as master of sustainable architecture, will be launched this year and will include the 170,000m2 (42-acre) Stavros Niarchos Park, a state-of-the-art headquarters for the National Library of Greece, as well as a new cutting-edge for the Greek National Opera.
The construction of the 550-million-euro project will be funded entirely by the Stavros Niarchos Foundation and after it is completed it will be donated to the Greek state.