Feb 22, 2008

New Opera House in Greece

Renzo Piano, the famous Italian architect who designed the new building of the New York Times, the Georges Pompidou Center in Paris (museum of modern art) and the Cité Internationale here in Lyon, amongst many other things, has just been chosen by the Niarchos Foundation to build a new cultural center in Athens that will consist of a new national library and the new building of the Greek National Opera, within an educational and cultural park.
The building site is on a former racecourse in the Greek capital's southern coastal suburbs.

As reported on the Niarchos Foundation's website, "with the use of new technology, the Opera will be able to travel via Internet to other Greek cities while the Cultural Park, which will surround it, will be used as a grand outdoor theater where selected performances will be held."
The foundation has budgeted 300 million euros ($442 million) for the center and will hand over the project to the Greek state on completion.

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