Creating a dialogue across time in Athens : the new Acropolis museum and the Parthenon

Antonio, Chloe and de Jong, Ursula 2011, Creating a dialogue across time in Athens : the new Acropolis museum and the Parthenon, in Proceedings of the 2011 International Conference of the Association of Architecture Schools of Australasia, Deakin University, School of Architecture & Building, Geelong, Vic., pp. 71-81.

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Title Creating a dialogue across time in Athens : the new Acropolis museum and the Parthenon
Author(s) Antonio, Chloe
de Jong, Ursula
Conference name Association of Architecture Schools of Australasia. Conference : Architecture @ the Edge (2011 : Geelong, Vic.)
Conference location Geelong, Vic.
Conference dates 18-21 Sep. 2011
Title of proceedings Proceedings of the 2011 International Conference of the Association of Architecture Schools of Australasia
Editor(s) Elkadi, Hisham
Xu, Leilei
Coulson, James
Publication date 2011
Conference series Association of Architecture Schools of Australasia Conference
Start page 71
End page 81
Total pages 11
Publisher Deakin University, School of Architecture & Building
Place of publication Geelong, Vic.
Summary A visit to the New Acropolis Museum in Athens, Greece, in late June 2010 set in train a number of questions and inspired a research project to begin to unravel something of the complex relationship between ancient and modern architecture on the Athenian Acropolis. Research was guided by the question: how does the contemporary museum, designed by Swiss born architect Bernard Tschumi in collaboration with local Greek architect Michalis Photiadis relate to the ancient Acropolis and the fifth century BC Parthenon, whose sculptures it was to house? A critical literature review was augmented by design analysis and field experience. This paper documents the resulting critical thematic investigations of the Parthenon, the Acropolis and the New Museum through siting, materiality and light, alignment, visual connections, through exploitation of the unique Attic light, orchestrated movement and considered juxtapositions. Research has revealed that Tschumi’s deliberate strategy of creating a dialogue between his building and the ancient monuments holds the key to his design intent, to creatively exploring contemporary architecture at the edge of such a physically and culturally dominant ancient plateau.
ISBN 9780958192552
Language eng
Field of Research 120103 Architectural History and Theory
120301 Design History and Theory
Socio Economic Objective 870299 Construction Design not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category E1 Full written paper - refereed
Copyright notice ©2011, Chloe Antonio and Ursula de Jong
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30042299

Document type: Conference Paper
Collection: School of Architecture and Built Environment
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