Redefining Public Space

The SNFCC and the Stavros Niarchos Park design and construction have significantly contributed to the revitalization of Athens’ Kallithea neighborhood and the Faliro Delta waterfront area after years of neglect.

The high-quality free events and activities organized, realized and hosted at the SNFCC, as well as the staff and collaborators’ professionalism, have made the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center a reference point in the greater Athens area, redefining the concept of public space.

The Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center is a public space open to all, without any barriers.

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Architectural Landmark

Designed by architectural firm Renzo Piano Building Workshop, the SNFCC is a donation of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF). In February 2017, upon the completion of its construction, the SNF delivered the SNFCC to the Greek State and society. SNFCC has earned significant architectural distinctions, including the 2018 Award for International Excellence of the Royal Institute of British Architects – RIBA.

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Sustainability Hub

Sustainability has been an integral component and a priority of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center since its original inception. This sustainability mandate is reflected upon every aspect of the SNFCC, emerging as a new paradigm in terms of construction, operation, and maintenance of public places and infrastructures. 

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A Welcoming Host to All

Committed to being open to all, the SNFCC has been designed to be fully accessible to persons with disabilities. In addition, many educational programs are been organized to encourage collaboration among children with and without disabilities.

People aged over 65 with minor mobility impairments comprise another group for which the SNFCC has designed programs.

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Socially Responsible

Ever since it began its operation, the SNFCC has been a responsible social partner embracing and supporting vulnerable social groups. Among other institutions, SNFCC has collaborated with Special Olympics, Athens Pride, the Social Fashion Factory, El Sistema Greece, the Shedia street paper and the International Organization for Migration.

Global Stage

Ever since its first day of operation, the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center has become a reference point in Greece attracting tourists from all over the world as well as notable personalities, and capturing the attention of the most prestigious media globally. 

In parallel, in collaboration with entities such as the Greek Tourism Organization, Marketing Greece, the municipality of Athens and others, numerous press visits from foreign media were arranged.

Awards

Ever since its construction, the SNFCC has received numerous prestigious awards, the most important of which include:

  • US Green Building Council: Certification, LEED Platinum, 2016
  • 2016 ENR Global Best Project Awards: Best Project – Cultural
  • UK Building Awards 2016: Best International Project of the Year
  • 2017 InAVation Awards: Most Innovative Leisure & Entertainment Facility
  • 2016 International Safety Awards by the British Safety Council: Merit
  • 2016 Structural Awards: Award for Arts/Entertainment Structures
  • EUROSOLAR: 2017 European Solar Prize Award
  • International Green Roof Association: Green Roof Leadership Award 2018
  • RIBA International Prize 2018: Award of Excellence
  • Bundesverband GebäudeGrün (BuGG): BuGG Green Roof of the Year 2018
  • European Garden Heritage Network: European Garden Award 2018/2019, First Prize - Innovative contemporary concept or design of a park or garden
  • EBGE Greek Graphic Design & Illustration Awards 2018:  Golden EBGE in the category of Digital Illustration,  for the SNFCC Christmas World campaign, in collaboration with Odd Bleat

The contribution of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation

The Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center (SNFCC) is the Stavros Niarchos Foundation's (SNF) largest single grant, which covered exclusively the cost for its design, construction, and outfitting. In February 2107, following the projects completion, the SNF delivered the SNFCC to its rightful owner, the Greek State. With the exception of a government grant, the SNF has been the SNFCC’s exclusive donor, with €5 million for its operational costs and €5 million for the implementation of free to all events and activities per annum. In addition, the SNF supports the SNFCC’s Members Program, and, through its Recharging the Youth initiative it offers paid internships at the SNFCC, the NLG, and the GNO to young people aged 18-35.

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