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The Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center (SNFCC) provides world-class new homes for the Greek National Library and the Greek National Opera, as well as the creation of the much needed 170,000 m² Stavros Niarchos Public Park. Designed by renowned architect Renzo Piano, the SNFCC is a monument to the value of culture, learning and humanity.

As the structural engineer, Expedition played a major role in helping to achieve the aspirations associated with a project of the magnitude of the SNFCC. Our design effort was carefully targeted: good economically competitive design was required for the bulk of the project while special design solutions respond to particular ground, architectural and seismic challenges.

Targeted innovation was critical to the success of this project. In particular, the design and construction of the canopy that supports 10,000m² of photovoltaics was “right at the edge” of structural engineering knowledge and industry capability.

With LEED Platinum environmental certification this project achieves the highest levels of environmental, social and economic sustainability.

Around 60,000 people attended opening parties in June 2016, demonstrating that the project has already become a subject of pride for the people of Athens and a cultural focus point.

Winner of:

European Solar Prize in the Solar Architecture and Urban Planning category 2017

Structural Award for Arts or Entertainment Structures 2016

Building Awards – International Project of the Year 2016

ENR Best Global Project in the Cultural/Worship category 2016

Longlist for RIBA International Prize, to be announced in December 2018

Copyright render images: RPBW


Chris Wise
Julia Ratcliffe
Andrew Weir
Bruce Martin
Tim Hurstwyn
George Oates
Alessandro Maccioni
Victoria Martin
Eva MacNamara
Pete Winslow

Client: Stavros Niarchos Foundation

Architect: Renzo Piano Building Workshop

Status: Complete

Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center, Athens