Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center
A public space, where everyone has free access and can participate in a multitude of cultural, educational, athletic, environmental and recreational activities and events. It includes the Greek National Opera, the National Library of Greece as well as the Stavros Niarchos Park, one of the largest green areas in Athens, covering 21 hectares. The SNFCC was created thanks to an exclusive grant by the Stavros Niarchos Foundation, which delivered it to the Greek State upon completion. SNFCC Single Member S.A. is a public-benefit non-profit organization responsible for the operation, maintenance and management of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center and the Stavros Niarchos Park while developing and organizing its own series of cultural, educational, environmental and sports activities. It is supervised by the Greek Ministry of Finance.
Designed by the 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.
The Alternative Stage
The Alternative Stage is the conference venue and is the smallest of the GNO’s two stages at the SNFCC. Featuring telescopic(retractable) seating, state-of-the-art technology and a spacious stage, it will host a more adventurous artistic program, with avant-garde performances, musicals and daring installations. Its smart design makes it an ideal multi-purpose hall, fit to accommodate all kinds of events. Enclosed in curved American cherry tree veneer panels, its rectangular shape is lined with two rows of balconies, offering unparalleled acoustics.