David Chipperfield Architects, collaborating with the Greek firm Alexandros N. Tombazis & Associates, has won the international competition for Greece’s New National Archaeological Museum, in Athens, being selected from ten other teams – including SANAA, Herzog & de Meuron, Diller Scofidio + Renfro, Adjaye Associates, OMA, Atelier Jean Nouvel and Kengo Kuma & Associates.
The winning design appears as an extension in the square of the pre-existing National Archaeological Museum, originally founded in the late nineteenth century and with a collection of more than 20,000 archeological finds. The building will contribute significantly to the regeneration of the wider area of the historic center of the Greek capital.
“The proposal by David Chipperfield and Alexandros N. Tombazi’s offices illustrates the vision, creates a unique landmark in the urban fabric, and is people-centered. It showcases the national dimension of the National Archaeological Museum, which connects it to the global scene. […] We want a museum that is outward-looking, in constant dialogue with society, with a dynamic look toward the future”, said Lina Mendoni, Minister of Culture and Sports.