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The Stavros Niarchos Cultural Center looks like an artificial hill that rises towards the south part of the site to a maximum height of 32 meters (104 feet), offering great views of the sea and the bay of Kallithea. A sloping park, planted with indigenous species and conceived by New York landscape designer Deborah Nevins, tops the opera house and the library.

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Renzo Piano, Stavros Niarchos Cultural Center, green roof, cultural center, Athens, Platinum LEED certification, LEED building, green architecture, solar panels, green library, public plaza

A large solar array was installed on the roof of the complex, which Piano calls the “flying carpet.” Inside, various functions and programs are organized around a central gathering space inspired by the agora, a typology dating back to ancient times. Over 5,000 manuscripts and documents are housed inside a large library.

Renzo Piano, Stavros Niarchos Cultural Center, green roof, cultural center, Athens, Platinum LEED certification, LEED building, green architecture, solar panels, green library, public plaza

Various other spaces like a business incubator for entrepreneurs, a music recording studio and play areas for kids and teenagers are distributed across the first two floors, while the adjacent opera house features two auditoriums for traditional and experimental performances.

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