Athens is a rather peculiar yet fascinating capital: It is made of various architectural layers ranging from the classic antiquity all the way to the modern architecture in a mix of buildings in close proximity one to the other.
This rather unorthodox appearance is obvious to the visitors eyes just by strolling around the city center or in neighborhoods where one can actually witness a real melting pot of architectural styles.
The buildings of Athens talk to the explorers of our city and their stories are completely fascinating. Buildings of the 19th century managed to fit their elaborate curves in between austere apartment blocks, imposing neoclassical beauties confer their grace on the surrounding neighborhoods and on the top of the city, Parthenon the most iconic example of classical architecture reveals the grandeur of Greek civilization. The Parthenon was dedicated to goddess Athena and the construction of the monument was initiated by Pericles and supervised by the most famous Athenian sculptor Pheidias. Iktinos and Kallikrates were the actual architects of the building.
“Art Nouveau” was the architectural statement of the 20’s. The Art Nouveau-style mansions and buildings sparsely dotting the city brought a new refreshing air to Athens and today many of them are left intact.
The 70 and the 80’ ’s era was rather “grey”. The discovery of concrete technology and the flexible construction sector facilitated the construction of multi level residential buildings mostly due to the skyrocketing demand for housing in the Greek capital.
More recently, architects started to construct outstanding public buildings, mostly contributing to the amalgam of old and new buildings all around the city. The most characteristic buildings of modern Athens are the Athens Concert Hall (Scholidis N., Kourousopoulos K. & Associate Architects) the new Acropolis Museum (Bernard Tschumi Architects) and Stavros Niarhos Foundation ( Renzo Piano Building Workshop).
Modern-day Athens relies on its revolutionary, new generation to leave a legacy for the future – creating their own kleos (what the ancients called immortal fame).