Athens Contemporary Architecture tour

Athens, Greece













An urban self-guided audio walking tour to explore Athens’ contemporary architecture. Discover credible and original stories written by top local professionals. Take your tour now and enjoy it instantly on your smartphone device.

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.


Highlights include the upgrading of a listed building with the addition of an extension —a plain rectangular volume— that infuses the old edifice with an austere style that features few details and protrusions; the ingenious solutions employed by the architects of the Acropolis Museum when they were asked to accommodate an ancient Athenian neighborhood among the foundations of the new museum; and the revival of the traditional Athenian house plan in a contemporary fashion that creates a hospitable and serene space right beneath the busy Acropolis archaeological site.

  • Office Building in Makrygianni

    1. Office Building in Makrygianni

    In one of the most famed and artistic streets in Athens, Lempessi street, lies this unique office building, am exemplar of contemporary Athenian architecture.
  • Urban Stripes

    2. Urban Stripes

    Between the modern architecture as expressed in T. Zenetos’ Fix building and B. Tschumi’s Acropolis Museum, Urban Stripes, located in Koukaki, offers a contemporary view of the Athenian apartment building.
  • The box-house

    3. The box-house

    The box-house is a peculiar residence and cultural events space in the Koukaki area, awarded for its architectural value and design concept.

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Address Office Building in Makrygianni
Starting point 5 Lempesi, Athens (Metro Station Acropolis)
Finishing point 78 Genneou Kolokotroni, Athina
Areas Philopappos Ηill, Fix, Koukaki, Plaka
Opening hours Anytime

Why take a self-guided tour?

This is a self-guided tour based on the award-winning storytelling concept developed by Clio Muse and the fascinating narratives prepared by our handpicked destination experts.

You can enjoy each multilingual tour by using your smartphone or tablet at your own pace even if you are offline. The interactive map on your screen will guide you step-by-step as you explore all points of interest along your route. Each stop comes with a selection of our signature stories allowing you to tailor the tour experience to your personal interests and schedule.

After downloading Clio Muse app, you can access this tour and activate it any moment you wish and also repeat it any time. To best enjoy our multimedia self-guided tour (comprising maps, video, audio and text) we recommend the use of headphones.

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By clicking "Add to cart", you are purchasing this tour in English. This tour is also available in the following languages: Ελληνικά.