This existing building was re-designed and developed by the architects Maria Kokkinou and Andreas Kourkoulas, with the project jointly funded by the Ministry of Culture and the European Union. The conversion retained the building’s original floor plan, but added an extra storey. The building is arranged around an inner square atrium, and has a floor space of 8,200 square meters, not including the 2,800 square meter basement areas. There are 3,000 square meters of exhibition space, and a 300-seat amphitheatre which already serves as a venue for music recitals. There are also office areas set aside for the administration of the Museum.
The design was based upon the concept of an inward-looking building overlooking a central atrium. The exhibition spaces are arranged around the perimeter of the atrium, thus ensuring both ease of access and great flexibility in their use. A bookshop and restaurant open onto the atrium on the ground floor. The 850-square-metre atrium (roughly 30m by 30m) plays a central role in the activities of the Museum, and is used to host events such as outdoor exhibitions, music recitals, and performances.
The architectural concept behind the building’s layout was the creation of an ambient space that is, in itself, worth visiting again and again. The Annexe is open throughout the day, and offers visitors pleasant surroundings in which to enjoy a wide range of events.
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