Onassis Arts and Letters Center

The Alexandros S. Onassis Public Benefit Foundation has an architectural surprise in store for us. The new Onassis Arts and Letters Center at 109 Syngrou Avenue (near Panteion University and between two large hotels) will be enclosed in a solid shell sheathed with glass. The design is the work of Architecture Studio in Paris. The building will be 27 meters high, with an area of 18,000 square meters. It will include a 1,000-seat amphitheater with a stage suitable for a symphony orchestra, opera and plays; two or three halls with 100-300 seats for smaller musical, theater or dance performances, lectures, and multimedia or virtual reality screenings; an exhibition area that takes up one floor; a rare books library; a professional recording studio; a restaurant that can also serve outdoors in summer; administrative areas and underground parking. Work began last year and is scheduled for delivery in 2005.