The Acropolis Memorial

Through the rediscovery of the ancient Perserschutt on the southern side of the Parthenon, hidden archeological remains narrate the forgotten history of the Acropolis construction.

The project proposed the exibithion of the Acropolis’ underground hidden spaces, in order to communicate the eroic values of its construction process. The project is developed as a gradual and ritual promenade to the hearth of the rock displaying the archeological layer of the so called “Perserschutt”. In 1888, a legendary exavation campain held by German archeologists brought to light many elements constituting the arcaic Acropolis before the Persian Wars and the Periclean age. Under the ground level, the massive Partenon’s foundation, the defensive wall of the Acropolis and several arcaic remains reach the bedrock level. The creation of an impressive underground space makes visible one of the most important archeological discoveries ever made, in an evoking athmosphere displaying the tension between the natural orography and the man made remains.

Academic + competition. Master Thesis.
Accademia Adrianea Architettura Archeologia.
First prize.

general plan of the Acropolis

Parthenon’s foundations, discovered in 1888

longitudinal section of the project

isometric exploded view of the project

archeological underground level plan

the exhibition wing

the gipsothèque

cross section on the Bronze gallery

the Bronze gallery in the Persershutt area, between the Parthenon foundations and the Themistoclis walls