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Παρασκευή, 26 Σεπτεμβρίου 2014 00:00

Onassis Cultural Center

The Onassis Cultural Centre — Athens is a cultural space which hosts events and actions across the whole spectrum of the arts from theatre, dance, music, cinema and the visual arts to digital and hybrid art and the written word.

 

The building

 

The foundations of the Onassis Cultural Centre were laid in Athens in 2004. The construction of the Centre was exclusively funded and overseen by the Onassis Foundation. The Centre was built on a privately-owned 3,000 sq. m. plot on Syngrou Avenue which is bounded by four roads and covers an entire city block. The Centre boasts 18,000 sq. m. of interior space.

Having decided that it needed a building of high architectural value, the Onassis Foundation staged an international architecture competition. The design chosen from the 66 proposals entered from around the world was by the French architectural practice “Architecture Studio”, whose core architectural concept is encapsulated in the building’s facade: an airy white rectangular shell which makes innovative use of white marble bands. The unique configuration of the facade serves as a stage set which imbues the building with a sense of mystery both during the day, when the marble bands serve to reflect the intense Attic light and create the impression from afar of a gentle wave, and at night when, artificially lit, they turn the image inside out by allowing the inside of the building to shine through and revealing the warm shell surrounding the rooms and auditoria.

A new architectural study was drawn up for the interior of the two amphitheatres, while the ground-floor bar was redesigned by artist Aemilia Papafilippou around an original artwork. The theatre lighting in both auditoria was designed by James Morse from the London-based Light & Design Associates company, while the architectural lighting for the entire building was redesigned by Eleftheria Deko & Associates. The building includes two main auditoria, seating 880 and 220 respectively, which are suited to a wide range of events including theatre and dance performances, concerts, film screenings (multimedia, virtual reality), lectures and conferences. The top storey is home to the Onassis Cultural Centre restaurant, which extends out onto the rooftop terrace during the summer months and offers breathtaking views of the Acropolis, the Philopappos monument, Lycabettus and the Saronic gulf.
 

Spaces

 

The Onassis Cultural Centre’s 18,000 sq. m. of internal floor space are spread over no fewer than sixteen levels, nine of which are underground. The Centre’s cutting-edge facilities include:

Main Stage: An 880-seat amphitheatre. The multiplicity of potential stage and lighting configurations make it possible to use this impressive auditorium for a range of large-scale events, from theatrical and dance performances, concerts and cinema screenings to lectures and concerts.

Upper stage: A 220-seat auditorium which can be used for smaller-scale theatrical, music and dance performances, presentations, lectures, cinema screenings (multimedia, virtual reality), seminars and conferences.

Lecture & exhibition space: A room on the 5th floor which can seat up to sixty on free-standing chairs. It is ideal for lectures, educational programmes and round-table discussions.

Exhibition hall: A 700 sq. m. space on the Centre’s underground level specially-designed for exhibitions and other activities.

A number of open spaces spread over the Centre’s levels and ideal for smaller exhibitions or meetings.

Restaurant-Bar-Café: Complete your visit to the Centre by stopping off for a drink or some food in our bar, restaurant or café. Stage your own corporate events in its well-appointed private spaces, or enjoy a coffee break of light meal there during conferences and symposia. The roof-top restaurant offers panoramic views of Athens and is also available for private functions.

Underground car-parking areas
An accessible and economic solution within the OCC building (entrance on Leontiou street)
5 € / 3 hours
Opening hours: Mon-Sun 08:00–01:00
T.: 2130 023 192

Venue Hire
The Onassis Cultural Centre hires its spaces out to organizations for conferences, symposia, Press Conferences and book presentations. It also makes its well-appointed café, bar and restaurant available for professional dinners and other corporate events. If you wish to host your event at the OCC, please fill the form below.
 
THE RESTAURANT
Established in 2004, Hytra Restaurant, whose name derives from the ancient Greek terracotta vase, first opened in Psiri, one of the oldest areas in Athens’ historical city centre.
In 2010, the restaurant was awarded its first Michelin star, which has been retained ever since. In 2012, Blue Hytra Restaurant at Westin Resort, Athens, was also awarded a Michelin star. Both restaurants receive enthusiastic reviews, evaluations and other distinctions annually.
In 2012, Hytra was relocated to the 6th floor of the Onassis Cultural Centre at Syngrou Avenue. Recently it was redesigned by award-winning architecture practice Divercity.
During the warmer months of the year, the restaurant moves to the seventh floor of the building, offering a unique outdoor setting with panoramic views to the Acropolis, Lycabettus Hill and the city skyline.

PHILOSOPHY
Maintaining an intense relationship with the cultural activity of the Onassis Cultural Centre, Hytra prides itself of high-quality service and hospitality. Its philosophy includes a high aesthetic and a cosy and homely atmosphere, a continuous updating and furthering, without excess, of its approach to the essence of food, and the emergence of Greek cuisine through its primary foods and recipes.

KITCHEN
At the core of Hytra’s culinary identity is a redefinition of the rich cultural heritage of Greek gastronomy through a contemporary expression in execution and presentation.
The restaurant offers two separate menus that coexist in harmony, complementing each other, even though they betray two different approaches to Greek food. Sharing the use of primary foods and recipes, Hytra and Hytra Apla menus interact in a gastronomic ‘choreography’, enriching Greek cuisine through constantly changing dishes.

Hytra Restaurant
6th - 7th floor of the Onassis Cultural Centre
107 Syngrou Av.
Reservations: T. 210 3316767, 217 7071118 & 6970 335317
Daily
 

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