About this Tour
Athens is a contemporary city, full of intricate buildings, each with a story worth discovering. Through the walking tour you will discover masterpieces of this city, hidden in plain sight, and you will come to know the stories behind present-day Athens.
This is a self-guided mobile tour provided by our tour-guide app. The tour is based on an award-winning storytelling concept and the fascinating narratives prepared by handpicked destination experts. Enjoy this multilingual tour by using your Android or iOS smartphone or tablet at your own pace, even if you are offline. The interactive map on your screen will guide you step by step to explore all the points of interest along your route. Each stop comes with a selection of signature stories, allowing you to tailor this experience to your personal interests and schedule.
Athens contemporary architecture promotes a different view of this city, full of intricate buildings, each with a story worth discovering. Through this walking tour you will unearth masterpieces of contemporary architecture hiding in plain sight, and you will come to know the stories behind present-day Athens.
The tour begins on Lempessi Street, better known as “the Art alley”, across from the Acropolis Museum in the Makrygianni neighborhood. Here stands an office building designed in 2009 by ISV Architects in collaboration with interior designer Maria Koutsouridou. Then you move north, towards Dionysiou Areopagitou Street, where you can enjoy the simple elegance of the new Greek Tourism Organisation Infopoint, dedicated to the Acropolis and the new Acropolis Museum.
The Acropolis Museum needs no introduction and has gained world recognition and justified fame. But just around the corner lies Six Thresholds, an innovative and inspired playground that has attracted international attention and acclaim.
As we move further into the heart of Koukaki, we are thrilled to discover Urban Stripes, an apartment building designed in 2013 by the architectural firm Klab Architecture (Kinetic Lab of architecture) that was nominated in 2014 for the Mies Van der Rohe European contemporary architecture awards. Equally impressive is the renovated Fix Brewery that houses the National Museum of Contemporary Art. The tour concludes at the foot of Philopappos Hill with a visit to three seminal residential buildings that give new meaning to the housing stock of this densely populated area.
To take this self-guided tour you will need the app on your iOS or Android device.
- Marvel at the upgrading of a listed building with the addition of a plain rectangular volume that infuses the old edifice with an austere style
- Study the ingenious solutions employed by the architects of the Acropolis Museum when they were asked to accommodate an ancient Athenian neighborhood.
- See the revival of the traditional Athenian house plan in a contemporary fashion that creates a hospitable and serene space beneath the Acropolis.