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The Acropolis of Athens: Eleftheria Deko and Associates Approach on its New Lighting Design

The Acropolis of Athens is one of the most important monuments of world culture. A living symbol that has stood the test of time, and is one of the most recognizable landmarks in the world. On the 30th of September 2020, the new lighting of the Acropolis and its monuments, funded and supported by the Onassis Foundation, was unveiled to the world.

Eleftheria Deko and Associates approached the monuments first with respect. Before applying their thoughts on paper, they observed the characteristics of this unique place, studied its history, the forms and materials, the visibility from different points of the city, and the significance of this landmark.

Their design approach was to highlight the beauty of the architecture, the timelessness of sculptures, the whiteness of the Pendelikon marble in contrast to the robustness of the Sacred rock, and the heroism of the fortification walls. “We achieved the differentiation by the use of different focusing angles, differentiation of colour temperatures, and light intensity“, said Elefteria Deko. Lastly, Deko and Associates’ lighting vision was to make the site look outstanding at night from multiple directions both up close and from afar, and bring new life into the monuments of the Acropolis.

The making, credit to the Onassis Foundation