Sustainability is essential in urban construction. Sika solutions are helping the new cultural center in Athens meet maximum environmental standards.

Canal at the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center in Athens

Thousands of trees and bushes grow in the park of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center in Athens, while the buildings have green roofs or photovoltaic installations to deliver renewable energy. The complex, which has been designed by acclaimed architect Renzo Piano and is home to the new Greek National Opera and National Library of Greece, is a clear illustration of the contribution that sustainable construction can make to quality of life in cities.

Sustainability from the Bottom Up

The Cultural Center meets the strictest environmental standards and has become the first European cultural building of its size to earn LEED Platinum Certification. The materials chosen combine with engineering innovations to ensure maximum energy efficiency and economic use of water. However, it takes more than that to make the top grade in environmental building. Sustainability has to be factored in right from the planning stage and all through construction; in other words, it’s in the Cultural Center’s DNA.

Fewer Emissions Thanks to Sika

This is why Sika has been involved in this major project and proposing solutions for it right from the outset. The Sika products impressed the client, and were used for everything from waterproofing the foundations to the roof installations. They increase energy efficiency, guarantee outstanding air quality inside the building, shorten transportation routes, and thus improve the building’s whole environmental footprint.

Short transportation routes

Sika produced the concrete admixtures and mortars used in the project locally, thereby reducing the environmental impact of transportation.

Energy efficiency

The reflective Sikalastic® liquid applied membrane system was used on the opera house roof to improve the efficiency of the photovoltaic installations. The complex’s extensive green roofs were lined with Sika roofing membranes.

Indoor air quality

Harmful emissions from volatile organic compounds (VOC) were avoided by using Sikafloor® floor coverings and Sikaflex® sealants.