Image courtesy Renzo Piano Building Workshop

As Greece grapples with its ongoing debt crisis, a major cultural project there is moving forward.

Today, Renzo Piano presented his final designs for the Stavros Niarchos Cultural Center (SNFCC), a privately funded project slated to rise on the Saronikos Kolpos waterfront in southern Athens. Construction of the $803 million, 85,000-square-meter building will start later this year and conclude in 2015, at which point the Stavros Niarchos Foundation will transfer ownership of the facility to the Greek government.

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David Sokol
Architectural Record

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