July 22 2014

“Acropole Palace” Transforms into a Cultural Haven in Athens, Greece

Permanent and temporary exhibitions, a digital library, activities associated with modern culture, a gift shop and a restaurant with great views of the entire city of Athens are expected to be housed at the former hotel, “Acropole Palace,” after its restoration.

The historic building, which is expected to be open for the public by the end of 2015, was once again the main topic of a discussion by the Central Board of Modern Monuments. This time they talked about its specified uses, and the approval or the dismissal of modifications to its interior design.

Acropole Palace, Athens, Greece

At first, the building was designed to house public services or the offices of cultural operators. “Luckily, we left the place, as a building in the historic centre of the city, used for offices, would be an exaggeration,” Ms. Lina Mendoni, who is the General Secretary of the Greek Ministry of Culture and Sports.

The building is expected to be integrated into the city’s life and according to the Managing Authority, as the restoration project is included in N.S.R.F (National Strategic Reference Framework), it will house cultural activities.

During the meeting that took place on Thursday, May 10th, the members of the Central Board of Modern Monuments specified the activities that will be housed in the “Acropole Palace.”

In the basement and on a part of the ground floor there will be exhibitions, and on the ground floor there will also be a gift shop. The other half of the ground floor, which was the prominent “Athens’ Salon,” will be used for occasional exhibitions, discourses and screenings. The other five floors will be utilized for a digital library, educational programs, cultural competitions and activities organized by institutions of modern culture.

Last, but not least, there will be a restaurant on the rooftop, offering great views of the centre of Athens.

View of Athens, Greece

For the needs of the building’s new uses, only a few modifications will take place. In particular, the unification of small rooms on the ground and first floor.

Acropole Palace in the Past, Athens, Greece

Are there any hotels in your city that have had their function altered? 

Original article, originally published in Greek, here.

Credits: Images and data linked to sources.

Dafni Dimitriadi

Dafni Dimitriadi is a student of Architecture at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece. Her numerous experiences in participating in architectural competitions have helped her understand the importance of research and design. She is interested in building and urban design restoration and aims to continue her studies in order to gain more knowledge related to these fields. She is an active volunteer and has participated in many interesting projects, including Open House Thessaloniki. She currently lives in Thessaloniki and through her blogs aims to explore developments associated with architecture and urban design.

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