Stavros Niarchos Foundation up for RIBA architecture prize

Stavros Niarchos Foundation up for RIBA prize

The Starvos Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center (SNFCC) in southern Athens has been nominated for the RIBA international prize 2018, an architecture award given by the Royal Institute of British architects.

The prize, which is awarded every two years, highlights the most inpsired and significant new buildings constructed around the globe. The SNFCC is one of 62 buildings that have been nomiated across 30 countries.

The winners will be announced in December 2018.

Designed by Renzo Piano Building Workshop in collaboration with the Greek architectural office BETAPLAN, the SNFCC houses the Greek National Opera, a two-million-book National Library and the 170,000m2 Stavros Niarchos Park on the Faliro Bay shoreline.

"The SNFCC’s recognition by RIBA follows a series of awards and distinctions that include the Platinum level LEED Certification, which is the highest possible rating for environmentally conscious and sustainable buildings. Most recently, the SNFCC was awarded the European Solar Prize for 2017, in the Solar Architecture and Urban Design category," SNFCC said in a statement.