Scholars' Association News
Issue 25
February 2013


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The Onassis Foundation (USA) announces plans to renovate the Onassis Cultural Center, NY

The Onassis Foundation (USA) announced its plans to undertake an important renovation and expansion of its Cultural Center, located at the Atrium of the Olympic Tower in Midtown New York.

The multi-million dollar project, designed by international design and archtecture firm Perkins Eastman, will significantly upgrade and expand the galleries of the Center and give the public space of the Atrium an enhanced new look. The project is scheduled to be completed by December 2013 and will be entirely funded by the Onassis Foundation. While the renovation is under way, the Onassis Cultural Center will continue to present its program of cultural events at other established venues throughout the city.

The plans envision that the Atrium will remain open to the public during the upgrading and expansion of the galleries. The inauguration of the new Center will be celebrated in early 2014 with the opening of an important new archaeological exhibition, organized in cooperation with major American and European museums.

“The Onassis Foundation decided to undertake this important renovation and expansion project in appreciation for the warm support of New York City and the public”, said Dr. Anthony Papadimitriou, president of the Board of the Onassis Foundation. “Our goal is to continue to serve our cultural and educational mission in a new, enhanced and upgraded environment and facilities, for the education and enjoyment of all”.

Perkins Eastman specializes in progressive and innovative design that exceeds client goals and enhances the human experience. Since its founding in 1981, Perkins Eastman has become a leading international architecture, urban design and interior design firm offering programming, planning, design, strategic planning and consulting services.

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