THE NIKOS SOFIALAKIS CENTER OF NEOCLASSICAL SCULPTURE
A BRIEF HISTORY
From Atelier to Center
The Nikos Sofialakis Center of Neoclassical Sculpture came into being in 2004, erected at the very location of Sofialakis’s original atelier. The new building, designed by architects Sofia Tsiraki and Tasos Biris, and with structural and electromechanical design and construction by civil engineer Stavros Polychronakis, is an unquestionably modern structure that confronts many ‘patently obvious’ beliefs about the proper use of cultural space. Above all, it is an aesthetically purposeful structure that Sofialakis would have appreciated, and this because it projects its new aesthetic from within as from without.
Internally, the building conforms to its new function as a place of viewing, sharing, and learning, in a manner that draws attention to, rather than distracts from, the sculpted works on display. In its external presentation, the building orients itself masterfully to its outer environment and projects its own merit to the world, having won several commendations for its design, most notably in the 5th Biennale of Young Greek Architects (2005) and the Pan-Hellenic Architecture Awards of the National Association of Architects (2005).
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The Nikos Sofialakis Center of Neoclassical Sculpture
Sculpted tiles from the original atelier depicting important moments from the life of the artist line the walkway to the main entrance
View of the Sculpture Hall and the Microsculpture Loft
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