Archinect - News 2015-11-25T09:37:16-05:00 Watch Renzo Piano's construction cranes "dance" in Athens Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-06-27T13:02:00-04:00 >2014-07-01T22:59:36-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="300" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>While Renzo Piano's <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Stavros Niarchos Foundation&nbsp;Cultural Center in Athens</a>&nbsp;(SNFCC) is still under construction, it didn't keep the first performance from being staged last Wednesday on the site. Based on Renzo Piano's own idea, the Greek National Orchestra scored a 15-minute "dance" performance of ten giant cranes on the construction site, conducted by Artistic Director of the Greek National Opera, Myron Michailidis.</p><p>The cranes' dance was choreographed by Renato Zanella, to music from <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Gustav Holst's&nbsp;</a><em><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Planets</a>&nbsp;</em>-- all with the Pantheon in the background.</p><p>The SNFCC is scheduled to open in 2016, and will include the new home for the Greek National Opera, the National Library of Greece, and a 42-acre public park.</p><p>You can watch the entire performance below (begins at 10:00):</p><p></p> Renzo Piano Unveils Green-Roofed Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center for Athens MikeChino 2011-07-06T14:52:00-04:00 >2012-10-17T16:24:04-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Renzo Piano recently unveiled plans for a new waterfront cultural center and urban park in Athens that includes a massive opera house and a library that is directly connected to the park by a sloping green roof. The Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center will also incorporate several sustainable technologies with the hope of attaining LEED Platinum certification.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html>