Design, development and installation of Fire detection, Fire extinguishing, Security, Access Control, Artwork Protection, CCTV and Energy Management (BEMS) systems, as well the areas and exhibits Lighting System (KNX), at the stunning new Museum of the Basil & Elise Goulandris Foundation in Athens.
The new museum was designed from the outset, as a space to house the artwork of the collection of the Basil & Elise Goulandris Foundation.
The building has a total surface of 7,250 m2 and it consists of 11 storeys, five of which are subterranean. The exhibition halls take up five storeys in total: four aboveground storeys with a surface of 1,124 m2, where the art work of the permanent collection is showcased, and one subterranean storey with a surface of 530 m2 that will accommodate temporary exhibitions of artists from Greece and abroad.
The gift shop operates at the ground level of the building, where one can find the publications of the Foundation and other publishers, as well as a variety of gifts, whereas the museum’s café-restaurant is on the mezzanine floor. The subterranean storeys house an art library with around 6,500 titles, a children’s workshop, as well as a contemporary auditorium that can seat 187 people, where all kinds of events are being held, like lectures, conferences, screenings, performances, concerts and other artistic and interdisciplinary events.
Aiming to control and manage all of the functions of the Museum’s subsystems through the Control Room while upholding the highest safety requirements and standards, the greatest challenge of the project was to choose the subsystems that would rise up to the study standards while using the latest technology, in order to be able to exchange information with each other in an effective and secure way.
The individual systems installed are the following:
- Fire detection System
- Fire extinguishing System
- Access Control System
- Security System
- Artwork Protection System
- CCTV System
- BMS System
- KNX areas and exhibits Lighting System
Fire detection: The main planning was based on the technical quality and function specifications of the systems, following the European safety and fire safety standards. A Fire detection system with EN54-2, EN54-4 and EN54-13 certifications has been installed at the Museum. Local fire-extinguishing systems have also been installed at the Data Rooms, the conservation areas and the mechanical spaces.
Fire extinguishing: The fire-extinguishing system of the exhibition halls was appropriately designed using the manufacturer’s calculation software, placing special, certified pressure-regulating bulkheads that ensure the protection of the exhibits from the fire, as well as the safety of the exhibits.
Security Systems – Access Control: A centralized access control system has been installed at the public spaces.
Artwork protection Systems: An artwork protection system has been installed.
CCTV Systems: A high analysis surveillance camera system has been installed. Recording and monitoring is carried out via the control center. The digital systems are monitored by the Museum’s Control Room.
BMS System: BMS topology with state-of-the-art software, resulting in faster and more effective management of large volume of data, in cooperation with the new Energy Analytics platform, and aiming to reduce the energy cost of the installations.
KNX areas and exhibits Lighting System: Automation system for the lighting of all areas and exhibits. Area and Exhibit Lighting is automatically adjusted based on internal and external lighting conditions, thus always reaching the desired outcome.
This exceptional project was delivered in a timely manner, within the tight operation schedule of the Museum, with fully compatible and functional systems. The experience of the project’s implementation team in complex and demanding projects, combined with the development of special applications and solutions, provided impressive results regarding the desired outcome. The Museum now has a state-of-the-art Control and monitoring Center for its important operating systems which ensures its smooth functioning for the benefit of the visitors, who will be able to marvel at the exceptional artwork collection.
- Supervising Engineers: Nikos Chatzigeorgiou – Christos Tzoutzakis