15 Dionysiou Areopagitou,
Athens 117 42
Architects: Bernard Tschumi
Local Architect: Michalis Photiadis
Size: 210,000 sq. ft
Structural Engineers: ADK and ARUP
Civil: Michanniki Geostatiki and ARUP
Lighting: ARUP, London
General Contractor: Aktor
The New Acropolis Museum rests atop an excavation site, contains glass floors which allow visitors see the site below, and has a rotating top section which houses marbles from the Parthenon Frieze .
Each section focuses on the specific purpose behind it as the bottom portion accents the ruins, the middle section follows the adjacent street plan, and the top portion allows visitors to see the Parthenon.
The museum protects an excavation site as it rests on stilts; engineers worked with archeologists to decide where to place support columns. The museum is also located near a subway and in an earthquake zone.
Photo: Bernard Tschumi Architects
The upper portion of the museum is encased in glass which allows ideal lighting for sculptures and utilizes contemporary glass technology, protecting visitors and artifacts from excessive heat.
Photo: Nikos Daniilidis
Case study by: Erica Ortiz
ARE 320K, Fall 2010
Books (UT Libraries) :
Bure, Giles de. Bernard Tschumi. Basel, Switzerland: Birkhauser Verlag AG, 2008.
Walker, Enrique. Tschumi on Architecture: Conversations with Enrique Walker. New York, New York: The Monacelli Press, 2006.
Bernard Tschumi Architects. (2009, July 13). Retrieved from http://www.arcspace.com/architects/Tschumi/
Museum History. Retrieved from
Acropolis Museum. Retrieved from http://www.tschumi.com/projects/2/
The New Acropolis Museum. (2010, May 30). Retrieved from