Goulandris Foundation Museum
Category: Tourist Attraction
The new Basil and Elise Goulandris Foundation Museum in Athens is housed in a new 12-floor building with a total area of 7,300 m2 (77,000 square feet). Half of the exhibition floors are underground, reaching as far as 26 m (80 feet) deep. The Goulandris collection, is reputed to be one of the world’s finest private art collections, valued as high as $3 billion. The trove of several hundred pieces contains true masterpieces of contemporary art, including 11 Picassos, six van Goghs, five Cézannes, a rare pair of Monets, a bronze ballerina by Degas, a Pollock and a Balthus. The collection also includes works by Marc Chagall, Alberto Giacometti, Wassily Kandinsky, Paul Klee, Henri Matisse, Joan Miró and Auguste Renoir, among other renowned 20th century artists.
First, all active leaks in the retaining walls of this new construction were treated with PENEPLUG. PENETRON ADMIX was then added to the concrete for the massive 1.3 m (4 feet, 3 inches) thick foundation slab and 60 cm (2 feet) thick walls to ensure a waterproof structure. Due to the thickness of the walls, double PENEBAR SW-55 waterstop strips were applied to permanently seal the construction joints in the new concrete. Finally, any remaining damage or cracks in the concrete were repaired with topical applications of PENETRON and PENECRETE MORTAR.