Athens, Greece

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November 15, 2010
Originally published in Live/Work

Athens is home to one of history’s most important buildings, the Parthenon, but how does the city fare architecturally today? 
A spate of modern development, particularly a new museum that looks onto the Acropolis, suggests that things are looking up.

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  Guide to Greece: Athens Athens architecture has been famous for thousands of years, but what about modern design? Dwell uncovers the 21st century design scene. Photo by: Alex Subrizi  Courtesy of 2009                                                  .

    Guide to Greece: Athens

    Athens architecture has been famous for thousands of years, but what about modern design? Dwell uncovers the 21st century design scene. Photo by: Alex Subrizi

    Courtesy of 2009 .
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  Traditional facades and considerable foot traffic are the norm in neighborhoods like Monastiraki.  Courtesy of 2009                                                  .
    Traditional facades and considerable foot traffic are the norm in neighborhoods like Monastiraki. Courtesy of 2009 .
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  One of Greece’s greatest modern architects—–whose work seems to be perpetually under attack—–is Takis Zenetos. His Circular School from 1969, in the Agios Dimitrios neighborhood, is still in use.  Courtesy of 2009                                                  .
    One of Greece’s greatest modern architects—–whose work seems to be perpetually under attack—–is Takis Zenetos. His Circular School from 1969, in the Agios Dimitrios neighborhood, is still in use. Courtesy of 2009 .
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  The New Acropolis Museum hovers over a working archeological site, a fitting metaphor for Athens, where antiquity still enjoys an outsize presence today.  Courtesy of 2009                                                  .
    The New Acropolis Museum hovers over a working archeological site, a fitting metaphor for Athens, where antiquity still enjoys an outsize presence today. Courtesy of 2009 .
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  The Athens Tower by Ioannis Vikelas is one of the city’s modernist icons.  Courtesy of 2009                                                  .
    The Athens Tower by Ioannis Vikelas is one of the city’s modernist icons. Courtesy of 2009 .
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  Another gleaming gem of contemporary design is the city’s subway system. The station at Agios Dimitrios is the terminal for the Red Line.  Courtesy of 2009                                                  .
    Another gleaming gem of contemporary design is the city’s subway system. The station at Agios Dimitrios is the terminal for the Red Line. Courtesy of 2009 .
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  The OLP office block by Liapis and Skroumbelos is a fine example of Greek brutalism.  Courtesy of 2009                                                  .
    The OLP office block by Liapis and Skroumbelos is a fine example of Greek brutalism. Courtesy of 2009 .
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