bernard tschumi completes new acropolis museum in athens
the ‘new acropolis museum’ designed by bernard tschumi architects opened at the end of last month in athens, greece. the new museum was specifically designed to house the unique collection of archeological remains and boasts over 150,000 square feet of exhibition space. tschumi deliberately created a non-monumental building, allowing the importance of the artifacts within to be the feature. the final design evokes the classical clarity of ancient greek architecture, updated for the context of today.

bernard tschumi completes new acropolis museum in athens
a view of the new acropolis museum from the acropolis
image by bernard tschumi architects | main image by christian richters

 

 

the project began in 2001 when tschumi was selected in a design competition. during pre-construction, it was discovered that the museum’s site contained remains from ancient athens, which were then integrated into the building design. the final structure has three layers, the base, middle and top. the base hovers over the remains while the middle houses the main exhibition space. the top houses the parthenon gallery and is rotated 23 degrees from the rest of the building, aligning directly with the parthenon.

bernard tschumi completes new acropolis museum in athens
outside the new acropolis museum looking at the entrance canopy
image by christian richters

bernard tschumi completes new acropolis museum in athens
view from the archaeological excavations, looking up to the ground level
image by christian richters

bernard tschumi completes new acropolis museum in athens
view of the parthenon from outside the new acropolis museum
image by bernard tschumi architects

bernard tschumi completes new acropolis museum in athens
statues from the porch of the caryatids welcome visitors
image by peter mauss/esto

bernard tschumi completes new acropolis museum in athens
the parthenon gallery
image by peter mauss/esto

bernard tschumi completes new acropolis museum in athens
the archaic gallery 
image by peter mauss/esto

bernard tschumi completes new acropolis museum in athens
view of the excavations at the museum entrance at night
image by peter mauss/esto

bernard tschumi completes new acropolis museum in athens
aerial view of the new acropolis museum and surrounding area
image by nikos daniilidis

bernard tschumi completes new acropolis museum in athens
view of the museum, showing archaeological excavations on the site 
image by christian richters