Averof building highlights capital’s neoclassical past

The Greek capital’s neoclassical past was showcased by the National Technical University of Athens’ Averof building which hosted the 350 Greek and foreign participants of the eighth international conference of the European Architectural History Network (EAHN), which concluded on Saturday.

Hidden City: Discover Athens’s arcades

Embark on a guided tour of Athens’ hidden arcades, a unique journey through time, nostalgia, and vibrant local culture away from the usual tourist trails.

‘I believe we got it right the first time’

For many years, French-Swiss architect Bernard Tschumi was an almost unwanted person in Greece, at least for those who knew his name and associated him with the first and most emblematic public building constructed in Athens in the 21st century.

A design for life

Fifteen years after its controversial debut at the foot of the Acropolis, the Acropolis Museum, a 226,000-square foot structure of glass and concrete designed by Swiss-American architect Bernard Tschumi, has seen the debate over its design quiet down to near-universal acceptance.

Historic mosque in Rhodes being restored

The 16th century Recep Pasha Mosque in the medieval town of Rhodes is undergoing restoration as part of the Culture Ministry’s strategic plan for the promotion of the island’s medieval city, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The goddess Athena on Athinaidos Street

Like a cut in the Athenian fabric, there’s a narrow street stretching from Syntagma Square to Athinas Street that changes name four times along the way.

A building that brought a slice of the Big Apple to Athens

The iconic Rex Theater on Panepistimiou Street in central Athens is inextricably linked to the development of the capital’s metropolitan identity as few buildings of the interwar era are. It will close for a while this year for restoration.

Reflecting on Athens’ ‘unfinished’ buildings

The concrete frames of buildings punctuating the urban landscape of Athens is the focus of a year of research by artist and director Maria Lalou and the Danish architect Skafte Aymo-Boot that culminated in the Greek/English book “Unfinished” (Jap Sam Books). 

Architects’ office attacked over Exarchia design

A group calling itself “Anarchist” claimed the attack that left broken windows at the Tense Architecture office in the Polygono district of Athens on February 5 in a post on the Athens Indymedia website at midnight Wednesday, denouncing it for undertaking the design of Exarchia Square above the new metro station that is being constructed.

Restoration study for former royal palace garden unveiled

The ministries of Environment and Culture presented restoration studies on Tuesday for the 3.4-hectare palace garden and cemetery, as well as the progress of the redevelopment of the entire former royal estate of Tatoi, north of Athens. 

Cultural centers just small oases in concrete jungle of Athens

With very few exceptions, Athens has by no means experienced the so-called “Bilbao phenomenon,” which occurred in the Spanish city; namely a domino effect of changes that would improve the urban environment around its museums and large cultural sites.

Proposal could lead to revival of listed buildings

A plan for the restoration and development of listed buildings, either commercially or as residences, through the partnership of private and state owners, is being forwarded for public debate by the Dianeosis research and policy institute.