A new cultural centre opened its doors on the most beautiful terrace of Delphi. Its name, “π” (pi). Its purpose, to promote the values of circular economy and cultivate the spirit of sustainability through corporate and cultural activities.
The phrase “Μηδέν Άγαν” [Nothing in Excess] inscribed on the temple of Apollo 2,500 years ago is today more relevant than ever. As a fundamental value of circular economy and sustainability, the Delphic maxim turns into an “oracle” foreseeing that the future of the planet lies on the safeguarding of its natural resources.
The number “π”, the most famous mathematical constant, is inextricably linked to the notion of the circle. It is the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter, that is, a circular element to a linear one. In other words, “π” is the transition from linear to circular.
However, no matter how much one tries, “π” cannot be defined. It is a number without end. Envisioning a world where linear economy transforms into a circular one, “π” becomes a symbol of sustainability and circular economy, where nothing goes to waste; instead, everything is transformed and reused.
“π” is housed in the former Tourist Kiosk of Saint Lucas, known as the Pavilion. Featuring a stone masonry shell, raised artistic elements on the walls and an impressive floor, it has been an outstanding example of Greek modern architecture. Designed in 1959 by the architect Petros Pikionis, son of the famous architect Dimitris Pikionis, the Pavilion is considered as one of the most stunning terraces in Delphi.
Built on behalf of the Greek National Tourism Organisation, the tourist kiosk operated as an entertainment venue, canteen, cafeteria and bar. In the 1960s, several celebrities would come here to enjoy the majestic view, such as the Karamanlis couple, Maria Callas and Jackie Kennedy.
By the end of the 1990s, it was abandoned, until the beginning of 2022, when it was reconstructed with the assistance of Polygreen, thus breathing new life into it.
The Global Center for Circular Economy and Culture is inviting us to embrace a new philosophy of life and a new way of thinking and acting. The need for change is imperative; and the prediction for the adoption of new models optimistic. The natural resources of the planet can be safeguarded and the vision for sustainable development can be achieved.