The project is situated in the heart of the commercial district of Nicosia. The brief asked for the master-planning of an agglomeration of separate properties with a total area of 1 hectare. The proposal developed into two development scenarios, both prioritizing the continuity of the existing urban flows, while at the same time generating a unique sense of occasion and civic character for this new urban quarter.
In the first scenario, eleven building volumes, ranging from 11 to 16 stories, are set up to create a dynamic formal statement, while allowing for a phased (potentially non-linear) development. In the second scenario, a large percentage of program is distributed in two tower structures (34 and 22 stories each), while a lower, horizontally developed volume accommodates 5000m2 of shopping and exhibition space.
Both iterations of the project allow for the continuous and uninterrupted flow of the public realm. The buildings ‘float’ over the hardscape, offering programmatic intensities on the topography, rather than delimiting boundaries. They assume a differential relationship with the plot’s topography, delivering intriguing, varied and dynamic formal and programmatic relationships.
Public space is 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 quarter with civic potential.
Architects: Michael Cosmas Architecture
Project Architect: Michael Cosmas
Team: Antonis Antoniou, Nasos Philippou, Michael Photiou, Rui Santos, Nikolas Chrysostomou
Civil Works: EPS/ Nicos Kalathas
Mechanical Engineering: E-mech
Electrical Engineering: Electroproject
Project under study.