The House of Switzerland 2004 at the Summer Olympic Games in Athens for the first time involved Presence Switzerland in the role of project manager. Presence Switzerland managed the project in close collaboration with Swiss Olympic, the Swiss Embassy in Athens, César Ritz Colleges, and other partners.
The Hermion restaurant in Athens is a popular, typically Greek taverna that was particularly popular with tourists. The splendid terrace, set back from the busy tourist thoroughfare, was just as sought after as the air-conditioned interior of the restaurant.
The Hermion restaurant was redecorated and presented as the House of Switzerland 2004 after 29 July 2004. In its first two weeks, the Swiss guest centre experienced a number of teething problems and failed to attract a large number of visitors, but this situation changed abruptly once the Games themselves got underway. The House of Switzerland attracted numerous visitors and guests throughout the Games, thanks to live coverage on big screens and free access to the internet for journalists.