The project is situated in the Sopaz industrial area of Nicosia. The brief asked for the master-planning of an agglomeration of mostly publicly owned properties with a total area of 10 hectares, into a sports park that had to retain some of the existing light industrial uses. The project had to promote simple but effective interventions that would transform the postindustrial lot into an active public space for the community.
The proposal divided the plot into four separate operation zones that, based on intrinsic parameters (proximities, synergies, topography, surface types and contamination degrees) would develop separate programmatic and spatial characters, while maintaining their roles as part of a whole. The gradual incline of the site’s topography leading to the crescent towards the east was set up to carry the sporting fields, all organized in an amphitheatrically way on a series of stepped terraces. The flat, asphalt lined area towards the west end was set up to carry urban park programing, such as x-treme sports grounds, while also being equipped to handle special events, such as open air concerts and public shows.
All project zones allow for the continuous and uninterrupted flow of the public realm.
Public space was designed based on the idea of ‘heterotopy’, where the formal articulation of the ground predisposes but does not fix specific programmatic provisions or uses, infusing this urban piece of infrastructure with civic potential, while allowing for a multitude of future reconfigurations.
Architects: Michael Cosmas Architecture
Project Architect: Michael Cosmas
Team: Antonis Antoniou, Michael Pavlides.
Civil Works: EPS/ Nicos Kalathas
Mechanical Engineering: E-mech
Electrical Engineering: Electroproject
Project under study.