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House 09
Nicosia, Cyprus

The project situated in the hills overlooking the Engomi area of Nicosia, serves as a family home to a couple and their three young children. Made in reinforced concrete and lined with thermally insulated brick walls, this 300m2 house was designed to adapt to the plot’s dramatic topographical changes and to take advantage of an optimal solar orientation. The house unfolds on three levels, with the ground floor carrying the living spaces in a largely open-plan arrangement, while the upper level accommodates three private bedrooms for the couple and their children. Main living space and master bedroom were positioned on the east in order to take advantage of dramatic vistas towards the city of Nicosia and the Pentadaktylos mountain range beyond. The basement carries ancillary spaces, as well a guest and a play room that both open towards the lower garden.

The structure develops a differential relationship with the plot’s topography, offering an intriguing, varied and dynamic relationship with the outdoors. Most zones offer direct outside access, but this happens at varied levels. Living spaces open out to the upper garden and pool area, the dining zone opens out to the elevated veranda, while the lower level play room opens out to the lower garden. This relationship to the outdoor areas changes further with the use of large sliding glass openings, which can fully blur the boundaries of the indoor and outdoor spaces.

Architects: Michael Cosmas Architecture
Project Architect: Michael Cosmas
Team: Antonis Antoniou, Iro Demetriou

Structural Engineering: EPS/ Nicos Kalathas
Mechanical Engineering: Mecone
Electrical Engineering: Mecone
Lighting: Luce Ataliotes


General Contractor: P.Kourris & Son Contractors


Project Completed 2010