Greek Civilization in Architecture.

Interior Design Magazine shares with us…

Bernard Tschumi Architects’ New Acropolis Museum opened this past weekend in Athens, Greece. Built in collaboration with architect Michael Photiadis, the 226,000 square foot, $175 million museum boasts 150,000 square feet of exhibition space for its collection of antiquities from the Acropolis.

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The museum stands less than 1,000 feet southeast of the Parthenon in Athen’s historic Makryianni area, at the entrance of a network of pedestrian walkways that link the key archaelogical sites of the Acropolis. During pre-construction, archaeologists discovered the remains of an ancient Athenian city, excavating over 43,000 square feet, and integrated the remains into the museum design. Tschumi, based his design on the mathematics and concepts of ancient Greek architecture.

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The museum is articulated in three layers, a base, a middle zone, and a top. The entrance is in the base, where glass floors hover over the excavation site on more than 100 concrete pillars. A glass ramp leads to a the middle section’s double-height space, featuring the musuem’s permanent collection galleries from the Archaic to the late Roman period, and a public terrace. This space is topped by the Parthenon Gallery, a glass-enclosed rectangle that is rotated 23 degrees from the rest of the building in order to align with the Parthenon. The gallery boasts 360-degree views of the ancient temple and features its frieze on a concrete core at its center.

Anyone want to head to Greece with me?

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