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The SNFCC, designed by the Renzo Piano Building Workshop, constitutes an international complex for sustainability, culture, education and entertainment, housing in its premises the new facilities of the National Library of Greece and the Greek National Opera, as well as the 210,000 m² Stavros Niarchos Park. The SNFCC is the largest single grant of the SNF which covered exclusively the cost for its design, construction and full equipment. In February 2017, following the completion of the SNFCC’s construction, the SNF delivered the SNFCC as a gift to the Greek State and the Greek society, the legal owner of the project. At the same time, the SNF announced its commitment to continue supporting the SNFCC for the following five years, through grants totaling up to €50 million for the implementation of public programming and for covering SNFCC’s operational costs.
Neil Clemson, Project Management and Commercial Director Worldwide comments “I’m absolutely thrilled and delighted. This has been such an amazing project to work on, having been there from the start with Renzo Piano and the design team, through to seeing the last chair placed and tree planted its been a real life changing project, not just for me and the dedicated team who have worked on it for over five years, but mainly for the people of Athens who are now able to enjoy and celebrate this transformational project.”