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 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 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.

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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.


Ever since its construction, the SNFCC has received numerous prestigious awards as a cultural, architectural and environmental landmark.

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The contribution of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation

The Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center (SNFCC) is the Stavros Niarchos Foundation's (SNF) 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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