The Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center

The Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center (SNFCC) in Athens is the Foundation’s largest single grant. The project’s total cost is $861 million.

Designed by the architectural firm Renzo Piano Building Workshop (RPBW), the SNFCC is a sustainable, world-class cultural, educational and recreational urban complex that includes new facilities for the National Library of Greece and the Greek National Opera, located within the Stavros Niarchos Park.

The idea for the SNFCC originated in 1998 with the Foundation’s decision to support the construction of new facilities for the National Library of Greece (NLG). At the same time, the Foundation was considering a proposal to support the Greek National Opera (GNO). From these disparate plans and with the opportunities that the site allocated for the purposes of this project’s development presented came an exciting opportunity to provide the Greek people with a Triple Project, a great civic, cultural, educational and environmentally responsible landmark of international stature in one site.

In March 2009, an agreement was ratified by the Greek Parliament that stated in part that the Foundation would undertake the responsibility to assume the total cost of building and equipping the SNFCC, and that, upon completion, will donate it to the Greek State, which will assume its full control and operation, to be used and enjoyed by the Greek people.

The SNFCC was completed in 2016 and on February 23rd, 2017 was transferred to the Greek State and by extension, Greek society. Upon delivery of the SNFCC to the Greek State, the SNF withdraws fully from the project’s management. However, the Foundation will continue to actively support the SNFCC for the next five years, with grants of up to €50 million and to organize—through exclusive grants—free to the public, one-week-long events at the SNFCC, every June. 

The relocation process of the National Library of Greece (NLG) and the Greek National Opera (GNO) is currently underway and is expected to be completed by fall 2017.

The SNFCC is the first public-private partnership of its kind in Greece, and the largest cultural/educational project ever undertaken in the country. As one of the biggest projects in recent Greek history, the Center is an engine of short- and mid-term economic stimulus. It is a testament and commitment to the country’s future.

The SNFCC is one of the world’s most sustainable building complexes of its size. In November 2016, the SNFCC achieved the highest and most stringent international standard for sustainable design and construction - the Platinum LEED – for its innovative architecture and green technology. The platinum LEED certification is awarded by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).

For more details about the SNFCC and its design, construction, operation and upcoming events, please visit the SNFCC website at:www.SNFCC.org