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Golden Rooms

Participation at “Form N-X00: New Forms of Citizenship” that was hosted at dimensionsofcitizenship.org

Architects: Panos Dragonas, Varvara Christopoulou


The “Golden Rooms” series includes digital reproductions of typical Athenian apartment rooms, based on photos found in real estate website listings. The selected apartments are priced at €250,000, the minimum property investment required to apply for a European visa. Since the introduction of the programme in 2013, the Greek ‘Golden Visa’ has become the most affordable route to permanent residency in Europe, compared to €500,000 in Spain and Portugal and €650,000 in Malta. New property owners in Greece can apply for citizenship and a passport after seven years. The ‘Golden Visa’ programme has attracted many international property companies who have acquired properties in Athens and other tourist locations. In addition to selling properties, these companies are also assisting their clients with the application process for what is considered a European investment immigration programme. Most of the €250,000 property opportunities can be found in typical twentieth-century Athenian apartment blocks. Originally built for the local petty bourgeoisie, these apartments have now become a gateway to European citizenship for wealthy people, mostly from China, Russia and other Asian countries.

See more at dimensionsofcitizenship.org/form-n-x00/dragonas-christopoulou-architects/

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