The Onassis Cultural Centre-Athens was inaugurated in December 2010, as a new cultural site accessible to all. Its mission is the promotion of modern cultural expression, the support of new Greek artists, the cultivation of international collaborations, the education and lifelong learning, as well as the co-existence and interaction of sciences, innovation and arts.
For the implementation of the Centres architectural study, 66 candidatures from all over the world were evaluated, to finally decide on the proposal of the French architectural firm Architecture Studio. TheOnassis Cultural Center buildings construction began in 2000, with the exclusive funding and supervision of the Onassis Foundation. The result is an excellent sample of contemporary architecture, with the simplicity of the buildings volume and plainness of form offering a powerfully monumental character.
The architectural redesign of both amphitheatres was assigned to Architect Mark Foley. Their specialized theatre lighting was assigned to James Morse while the redesign of the architectural lighting throughout the building was assigned to Eleftheria Deko & Associates. Τhe ground level bar area was designed as an overall work of art by the artist Aemilia Papaphilippou.
The interior of the Onassis Cultural Center building extends to a total of 18,000 sq. m. over seven floors and nine underground levels.
The building consists of:
- The Aristotle Onassis 880-seat center stage, appropriately designed for theatrical, symphonic orchestra, opera and dance performances, cinema, lectures and conferences
- The Christina Onassis 220-seat hall, suitable for theatrical, musical or dance productions, lectures and special cinematic features (multimedia, virtual reality)
- The Alexander Onassis Exhibition Hall, covering 600 sq. m.
- An open-air theatre
- A restaurant with an open-air section
- A bar
- Underground parking space
For information regarding the programme and operation of the Onassis Cultural Centre in Athens, you may visit www.sgt.gr.
Address: 107 – 109 Syngrou Avenue, GR-117 45 Athens
Tickets: +30 210 900 5 800,
Administration: +30 2130 1 78000