An international competition was held for the modernisation of the National Archaeological Museum in Athens – the joint design by David Chipperfield Architects, Tombazis & Associates Architects, Wirtz International, wh-p ingenieure and Werner Sobek was unanimously selected by the international evaluation committee.
The original neoclassical building by Ludwig Lange and Ernst Ziller dates from 1866-1874 and has had other buildings added to it over time. A comprehensive modernisation and extension is now to provide the National Archaeological Museum with today’s standards of quality, openness and sustainability. The focus is on respectful treatment of the building’s history – the aim is to create a harmonious ensemble of rooms in a balance between old and new.
We are very pleased to have been able to accompany this beautiful project from the very beginning.
The National Archaeological Museum in the Exarcheia district of Athens houses one of the world’s most important collections of prehistoric and ancient art.
Rendering: Filippo Bolognese