Highlights in Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center’s design, construction and operation
After a decade-long contribution to Greek and global charity, the Stavros Niarchos Foundation announces its intention to implement a project of national importance and its largest single donation, in partnership with the Greek State: to fund the design and equipment of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center, including the new facilities of the National Library of Greece and the Greek National Opera, as well as the creation of Stavros Niarchos Park.
The original idea for the SNFCC emerged in 1998, with the SNF’s decision to fund the construction of a new home for the National Library of Greece following the organization's grant application. The intention was for the project to go beyond bringing the Library collections under one roof by extensively upgrading its facilities and consequently its role as a truly national library. The vision for the new National Library involved creating a public institution to offer access to the world of knowledge and information to people of all ages, provide a wide range of research and reference resources and network with other Greek and international libraries. The proposal was submitted to the Greek government, which expressed its support.
At the same time and independently of this initiative, the Foundation was considering a proposal to support the Greek National Opera, an organization that also required a major facility upgrade. These two projects fused into an exciting prospect – an ideal synthesis of the Foundation’s mission and commitment in Greece, with long-lasting potential for change. The project envisioned bringing together the National Library of Greece, the Greek National Opera, as well as an educational and cultural Park in a single complex, creating an urban, cultural, educational and environmental landmark of international appeal.
In consultation between what was then the Ministry of the Environment, Planning and Public Works and the Municipality of Kallithea, it was agreed for the complex to be built in the former horse racing venue area. Out of the total land area (240,000m²), 210,000m² were designated for the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center and the Esplanade, and the remaining 30,000m² for the creation of a sports park for the Municipality of Kallithea.
After completing the preliminary studies, which demonstrated the sustainability of the project, the Stavros Niarchos Foundation signed a memorandum of collaboration with the Greek State, on the basis of which the design, construction and equipment of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center began.
The Stavros Niarchos Foundation assigns the study and design of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center (SNFCC) to Renzo Piano Building Workshop.
The contractual agreement with the Greek State for the construction of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center is signed. The agreement is jointly signed by the ministers of the four ministries involved: Economy & Finance; Environment, Planning & Public Works; Education & Religious Affairs; and Culture, as well as the President of the Board of Trustees of the National Library of Greece, the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Greek National Opera, the CEO of the Public Properties Company and the CEO of Olympic Properties S.A.
The law for the construction of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center ratified by the Hellenic Parliament is published in the Hellenic Government Gazette, paving the way for construction to begin.
The Stavros Niarchos Foundation announces that it has awarded the SNFCC construction contract to the joint venture between IMPREGILO SpA and TERNA S.A. The implementation phase for the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center now commences, and by October 2012 construction works have begun.
Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center is gradually put into operation.
The ceremony for the delivery of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center to the Greek State and all Greeks takes place in a festive atmosphere.
The new Board of Directors of the organization is elected. Its members are appointed by the Greek State as stipulated by law. One of its members is appointed by the Greek National Opera and another one is appointed based on the recommendation by the National Library of Greece. The Mayor of Kallithea is an ex officio member.
More than 20,000 visitors welcome the New Year at the SNFCC. Hundreds of fireworks light up the midnight sky, creating a dazzling show, right next to the premises of the SNFCC, the decorated Stavros Niarchos Park and the full of skaters ice-rink on the Canal. This is how the first year of the SNFCC’s operation concludes, with more than 3,500 events and 3 million visits, surpassing all expectations.
Lydia Koniordou was appointed President of the Board of Directors for the remainder of the Board’s current term of office. She resigned on 05/05/2019.
The number of visits to the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center (SNFCC) continued to be on the rise in 2018. More specifically, SNFCC welcomed 5.3 visits in 2018, a 76% increase compared to 2017.
The Company named “Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center S.A.” held its Annual General Meeting on Thursday, June 11th, 2020, during which the Company’s new Board of Directors was elected, consisting of seven (7) members. These members were appointed, in accordance with the provision of article 2, article 3, par. 2.4 of Law 3785/2009 (Α’ 138), by the Greek State.
The new composition of the Board of Directors of SNFCC S.A. is as follows:
Since welcoming its first visitors in August 2016 until today, the SNFCC has been established in the public mind as an accessible, free public space open to all, as well as a prime destination for entertainment, culture, learning and sports, where everyone is and feels welcome. From 2016 up until 2021, 20.000.000 visits have been made to the SNFCC, solidifying the relationship it has built with its audience.