2008 seems to be an important year, since many major cultural projects are reaching completion and others are about to begin. Several of them are directly linked to the projects that were planned during the city's preparation for the Olympic Games.
This article is going to be developed in seven posts, each one presenting a different project. The main information will be taken by an article published last sunday in the magazine of the newspaper "Kathimerini", under the title "Caution, works in progress!: Architectural projects that mark the new metropolitan face of Athens". The article presents 13 major cultural projects that turned the city into a major worksite. Additional and more in depth information will derive by official websites.
First project to be presented is the completion of the building of the National Museum of Contemporary Art at the former beer factory FIX.
The NMCA was founded in 2000 and chose FIX brewery, an important industrial modernist building [1957, architect: Takis Zenetos], as its permanent house. The building is situated at a short distance of the city's cultural and commercial center and has the necessary features that will satisfy all the spatial needs of the museum: 20.000 square meters for the permanent and periodical exhibitions, administration, archives, library, an auditorium, laboratories, an art-store, cafeteria and restaurant e.a.The factory was deserted in the late 1970s, when the brewery moved to other premises. For years it remained abandoned, although many proposals were made for new uses of the building. Among those was the proposal for the housing of the NMCA. In 1994, the building became the property of the Attico Metro S.A., something that led to its partial demolition.
Finally, in October 29 2002, a 50 year leasing agreement was signed between Attico Metro and the NMCA, in order to make the necessary interventions to the building so that it could start functioning as a museum.
After an architectural competition  , the proposal chosen was the one submitted by 3 offices: the Mouzakis & Associates Architects Ltd, 3SK Stylianidis Architects, and Tim Ronalds Architects. The proposal offered to the building a new life and a new public space: an inner court and a garden-labyrinth. The original form of the museum has been altered, since -as the architects say- the purpose was not a Fix-building museum but a contemporary art museum.
The project is expected to be completed in 2009.