bernard tschumi's acropolis museum in athens photographed by danica o. kus
 

bernard tschumi's acropolis museum in athens photographed by danica o. kus

architectural photographer danica o. kus has documented the acropolis museum in athens, which first opened to the public in 2009. the building, which houses the archaeological findings of the acropolis, was designed by bernard tschumi architects. the museum is located by the southeastern slope of the acropolis hill, and is only a short walk away from the parthenon itself.

bernard tschumi's acropolis museum in athens photographed by danica o. kus
all images by danica o. kus

 

 

bernard tschumi architects began the project by dividing the building into three parts: a base, middle, and top. the base of the acropolis museum, which contains the entrance lobby as well as temporary exhibition spaces, an auditorium, and all support facilities, floats on pilotis over existing archeological excavations. from here, a glass ramp overlooking the archeological excavations leads to the galleries in the middle, in the form of a double-height room supported by tall columns.

bernard tschumi's acropolis museum in athens photographed by danica o. kus

 

 

arranged around an indoor court, the top contains the rectangular parthenon gallery, which displays the marbles of the frieze exactly as they were at the parthenon centuries ago. here, the transparent enclosure provides the optimum lighting conditions for sculpture, while offering direct views to and from the acropolis. conceived as an ‘architectural and historical promenade’, the circulation route through the museum forms a clear three-dimensional loop.

bernard tschumi's acropolis museum in athens photographed by danica o. kus

bernard tschumi's acropolis museum in athens photographed by danica o. kus

bernard tschumi's acropolis museum in athens photographed by danica o. kus

bernard tschumi's acropolis museum in athens photographed by danica o. kus

bernard tschumi's acropolis museum in athens photographed by danica o. kus

bernard tschumi's acropolis museum in athens photographed by danica o. kus

bernard tschumi's acropolis museum in athens photographed by danica o. kus

bernard tschumi's acropolis museum in athens photographed by danica o. kus

bernard tschumi's acropolis museum in athens photographed by danica o. kus

bernard tschumi's acropolis museum in athens photographed by danica o. kus

bernard tschumi's acropolis museum in athens photographed by danica o. kus

bernard tschumi's acropolis museum in athens photographed by danica o. kus

 

 

project info:

 

name: acropolis museum
location: athens, greece
architect: bernard tschumi architects

lead designer: bernard tschumi
key personnel: joel rutten, adam dayem, jane kim, aristotelis dimitrakopoulos, eva sopeoglou, kim starr, anne save de beaurecueil, joel aviles, valentin bontjes van beek, jonathan chace, allis chee, thomas goodwill, robert holton, liz kim, daniel holguin, michaela metcalfe, justin moore, georgia papadavid, kriti siderakis, véronique descharrères, cristina devizzi, kate linker
associated architect: michael photiadis, ARSY, athens: michael photiadis, george criparacos, nikos bakalbassis, phillipos photiadis
photography: danica o. kus
status: complete, opened 2009

  • Trying hard to like this building. I have visited many times and each time I find things to like but always leave feeling disappointed. The lobby is the biggest let down. No wow factor at all. The gallery spaces don’t lead you in a continuous order so you need to back track on each floor to head to the next. The top floor, which is situated on the same axis as the Parthenon itself is nice and offers beautiful views and feels as if you are floating in the clouds. The last time I visited I also viewed the exhibition beneath the building and that was impressive. However, overall the building is a let down. In particular, it seems as though there was little concern about making any connection to the neighborhood.

    PETER POULOS

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