The positioning of the building was deliberately designed to maximise the open-ended views, so you can see the whole of Athens at a glance. From the roof garden, the seaside and Saronic islands glimmer on the horizon – all within easy reach.
“When I sometimes feel overwhelmed by the problems of the modern city, I go to the Acropolis,” Constantinos Doxiadis wrote in 1964. Doxiadis kept the Acropolis in his sights by building both his offices and his home on a quiet street in the foothills of Mount Lycabettus with dazzling views of the Parthenon. A serene oasis in the densely populated centre, the site is surrounded by greenery – a rare luxury in any capital, but especially in Athens.
Closer still are the designer boutiques and cosmopolitan restaurants of Kolonaki, just a short walk downhill. Vibrant, seductive, spontaneous Athens may have an ancient monument as its centrepiece, but it is a very modern metropolis along with contemporary art galleries and world-class museums such as the new Acropolis Museum.