A Peek into Athens’ Eclectic Architectural Style
Satisfy your voyeuristic cravings as some of the capital’s most fascinating private and public buildings open their doors for free for this popular annual architectural showcase. Open House Athens invites Athenians to explore and understand the value of architecture.
From monumental structures that define a city’s character to the residences and buildings that make up the fabric of a city, architecture has stood as a representation of society, reflecting the values, successes, and eventual downfall of civilizations over time. Open House Athens, invites Athenians to explore and understand the value of architecture, as private and public buildings open their gates for a weekend for free. The city is transformed to a big museum, with its buildings and architecture being the exhibits.
WHAT: During Open House Athens 2023, the city will be transformed to one big museum and the public invited to take guided tours of 100 noteworthy spaces including contemporary and historic residences, professional and educational hubs, cultural sites and hotels. Offering a chance to delve deeper into Athens’s architectural mix, the 10th Open House edition focuses on bioclimatic architecture and its contributions to the quality of life of its inhabitants.
HIGHLIGHTS: Walk into the three-story Athenian townhouse dating to 1905 that houses the Onassis library with than 50 works of art, personal items of Aristotle Onassis such as the grand piano he had bought for Maria Callas, as well as rare publications from the 15th to the 19th century.
Join the design team at Textures and Tiles as they let you feast your eyes on their clever blend of architectural elements at their showroom-mansion in Neo Psychico. Get a lesson in Greek modernism at EMST
WALKING TOURS: Two walking tours – The “Byzantine Under the Shadow of the Acropolis” tour crafted to showcase the Byzantine gems in the city will take participants around the Acropolis while the “Mansions of Kifissia” tour will focus on shining examples of 19th and early 20th century architecture.
WHEN: April 1 and 2.
WHERE: Various locations around the city. To view the list of buildings participating and find out more about the tours, see here.