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The Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center (SNFCC) in Athens, scheduled to open in 2016, is a multifunctional arts, education and recreation complex. It will include, within its 170,000m2 park, new state-of-the-art facilities for the National Library of Greece and the Greek National Opera. The buildings were designed by Renzo Piano, the internationally acclaimed architect who achieved worldwide fame in the 1970s with the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris. With a budget of €566 million, the SNFCC is one of the largest construction projects in recent Greek history.
In order to ensure that they will survive even a serious earthquake of the type Athens has known for thousands of years, the buildings of the National Library of Greece and the Greek National Opera are built on 323 RESTON-PENDULUM Curved Surface Sliders. The 323 seismic isolators allow dynamic movements of +/- 350 mm and carry loads of up to 70,000 kN per unit.
A solar collector roof canopy with an area of 10,000 m2 is also equipped with 60 RESTON-SA shock absorbers and 120 RESTON-SP spring devices to resist the strong wind forces arising. These regulate the connections to the 30 column heads, damping all vertical vibrations.
A ROBO-CONTROL structural health monitoring (SHM) system is also linked to all damper and spring devices.
RESTON-PENDULUM Curved Surface Sliders, RESTON-SA shock absorbers,RESTON-SP elastic spring devices, ROBO-CONTROL SHM
Stavros Niarchos Foundation (to be donated to Greek state)
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