Think back to history lessons at school and you may remember being taught about the Acropolis of Athens. An ancient citadel built high above the city of Athens, the existing ruins of the Acropolis are now a famed UNESCO World Heritage Site.
One of the most well-known buildings still standing on this historic site dating back to the 5th Century BC is the Parthenon. Built in dedication to the ancient Greek goddess Athena, the Parthenon was completed in 438 BC but has been being restored since 1975.
Originally, restoration experts of the 1970s wanted to restore the Parthenon to its original state. But as the work took decades and the experts were gradually replaced by up and coming restoration experts, the work took an unexpected turn.
On Bring Your Kids to Work Day 2019, one restorer brought their niece to work, who then proceeded to spend the day taking selfies with the Parthenon as the background. But none of the photos made it to social media because “they were too basic for Instagram”.
It was then that the idea for transforming this ancient ruin into something much more fitting for the social media generation of the 21st Century came to be.
“We thought that simply repairing some of the brickwork wasn’t enough”, said designer E. Marbles. “Once I saw my niece’s disappointment at the building not being woke enough for the ‘gram I just knew we had to go with something special, and we think we’ve nailed it.”
And thanks to British rooflight company, NuDawn, they have. The Parthenon has been tastefully redesigned with an added feature – a sophisticated ‘lantern style’ glass roof.
“With its sleek design and modern, slender frame, the NuDawn Lantern roof light is ideally matched to a generation of young selfie takers, bringing the ancient ruins of the Parthenon well and truly into the here and now”, said a NuDawn spokesperson.
“We’re delighted to have been awarded the contract to bring this iconic building up to date and give it the modern touch it so deserves. We know that to appeal to a younger audience and to get the whole Acropolis of Athens more of a social media presence, we needed to design something pretty special.”
“Now, with its roof of structural glass-to-glass joins, sunlight can flood into the building from above, whilst protecting visitors from the harshness of the Greek sun. It can be used for all kinds of events; launch parties, social media soirees, celebrity weddings – there’s no end to the possibilities!”
The restoration expert responsible for this stunning transformation says, “We envisage the area will undergo a complete transformation in the coming years with juice cafes, trendy bars and medi-spas all said to be opening soon”.
“To get past the building regulations was tough, but luckily the decision was made by someone who understands the importance of social media and we hope the hashtag #ParthenonAF is trending soon.”
“It was originally built for a goddess, so why not make it suitable for a modern day goddess? My niece said it was extra and that her friends also think so, Hundo P. I’m not sure what that means, but I’m pretty sure she liked it as it’s now on her IG account.”