Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center Makes Greece Proud
The Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center (SNFCC) is a landmark nonprofit facility, the first public-private enterprise in Greece. It is also the largest cultural/educational project to be constructed in the country and one of the premier sustainable complexes in the world.
Funded by the Stavros Niarchos Foundation, the SNFCC houses the Greek National Opera, the National Library of Greece, and other cultural, educational, and recreational institutions. Construction of the facility was completed in 2016 and gifted to the Greek Society in February 2017. The Stavros Niarchos Foundation continues to provide ongoing operational support to the center.
The SNFCC is an Architectural Wonder
The USD 861 million project was designed by Renzo Piano Building Workshop (RPBW). RPBW is an architectural firm recognized around the world for its revolutionary architectural designs.
In 2016, the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) awarded the SNFCC the platinum Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) plaque for its incorporation of green technologies and innovative architecture. LEED certification provides independent verification of a building’s green features, allowing for the design, construction, operations, and maintenance of resource-efficient, high-performing, healthy, cost-effective buildings.
The SNFCC employs cutting-edge technologies that save energy, reduce carbon-dioxide emissions, improve indoor air quality, and maximize the use of water throughout the facility.
- 53% of the building materials were manufactured or extracted from locations within 800 kilometers of the site, reducing the impact on the environment caused by their transport.
- As much as 95% of waste from the construction site was recycled.
- Green-energy technologies used by the SNFCC will reduce the site’s carbon footprint by more than 2,750 tons a year.
- There is a 10,000 square-meter photovoltaic energy canopy and the builders installed the most current thermal insulation technology.
- The 210,000 square-meter grounds are irrigated by non-potable recycled water, sustaining 1,450 trees and 280,000 shrubs.
- The roof itself is a garden, attracting birds and insects to the entire complex and thus improving biodiversity in the area.