Alongside 20 other recipients, SNF were selected from a list of 62 buildings in the running for the 2018 International Prize which will be rewarded to the most inspirational and significant building of the year. The 20 projects selected are located in 16 countries and include private homes, large infrastructure, cultural buildings, and civic spaces.
Renzo Piano’s Stavros Niarchos Cultural Centre (SNFCC) in Athens, which was the only Greek nomination, constitutes an international complex for sustainability, culture, education and entertainment. It houses new facilities of the National Library of Greece and the Greek National Opera, as well as the 210,000 m² Stavros Niarchos Park.
The SNFCC is the largest single grant of the SNF which covered the cost of the design, construction and equipment. Following the completion of the construction, the SNF gifted the SNFCC to the Greek state and society. They also announced that they would continue to support the SNFCC for the following five years through grants up t0 €50 million.
This is not the first time that the SNFCC has received award for its building! It has previously been awarded the Platinum level LEED Certifications, the highest possible rating for environmentally conscious and sustainable building and more recently it was awarded the European Solar Prize in 2018 in the Solar Architecture and Urban Design category.
The SNFCC is also currently featuring in the newest Philanthropy House exhibition – Culture Matters: Preserving Culture and Transforming Spaces, which highlights numerous EFC members working in the area of cultural heritage.
The winner of the RIBA International Prize 2018 will be announced in December 2018.