Magazine article The Spectator

Sacred Spaces

Magazine article The Spectator

Sacred Spaces

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Ian Davis on the new Acropolis Museum

'It is Greek because it is ecumenical.'

With this grandiose statement and the inevitable assertion of Greece's claim to the Elgin marbles, Greece's Minister of Culture opened the new Acropolis Museum in June. The museum is a magnificent exhibit in itself. Swiss architect Bernard Tschumi has taken columns, rectangles and triangles and presented them in a stunning mixture of glass, concrete, stainless steel and local Helicon marble. The result is an ultra modern yet coolly classical building with three main architectural elements.

A seemingly modest entrance level at the base belies the sudden realisation that the whole building stands on carefully placed columns and floats above the excavations of ancient Athens, visible through glass plates set into the pavement. Beyond the turnstiles, a ramp and monumental glass staircase lead to a two-storey trapezoidal block containing statues of the archaic period, beautifully displayed in natural light. …

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