NEW YORK – Prime Minister Alexis Tripras has joined in the excitement that is building for the grand opening of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center (SNFCC) which is in the final stages of construction in Athens’ Faliron Delta.
On February 6 Tsipras visited the site accompanied by Minister of Culture Aristides Baltas and the Minister of State Nikos Pappas.
They were given a guided tour of the state-of-the-art cultural complex designed by renowned international architect Renzo Piano that will be the new home of the Greek National Opera and the National Library of Greece.
The seaside venues are surrounded by the new 210,000 square meter Stavros Niarchos Park, making for a spectacular recreational and cultural setting that will be enjoyed by native Athenians and visitors to Athens in perpetuity.
During the tour the Prime Minister was updated on the construction progress as well as on the innovative architectural and technical elements of the project.
The visitors were impressed both with the architect’s aesthetic achievement and the masterful integration of the complex with its environs in a manner unique for Europe.
A statement issued by the office of the Prime Minister called the project a “a very important and generous donation by the Stavros Niarchos Foundation to the Greek people.”
SNF’s website described the basis for its decision to create the Center: “Education and culture are the backbone of any advanced society. In funding the SNFCC, the Foundation’s vision is to provide the country and the city with the new institutional foundations they need to move forward, and with a framework for the future. Education, culture and sustainability, the SNFCC’s three main elements, are essential requirements in enhancing the potential of the city and its people and for placing them within a twenty first century global context.”
The SNFCC is the largest single gift of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation, with a total budget of $831mil (€596mil). The construction of the project will be completed within the first half of 2016, and the SNFCC will then be donated to the Greek State, which will be fully responsible for its management and operation.
This view of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center from last summer emphasizes the huge Stavros Niarchos Park that will also delight Athenians for generations.