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House 18
Nicosia, Cyprus

The project situated in the Platy area of Aglantzia Municipality in Nicosia, serves as a family home to a couple and their two young children. Made in reinforced concrete and lined with thermally insulated brick walls, this 350m2 house was designed to adapt to the plot’s idiosyncrasies while setting up an optimized solar orientation. The house develops on two levels, with the ground floor carrying the living and the entertaining spaces in a largely open-plan arrangement, while the upper level accommodates four spacious bedrooms with full en-suite bathrooms. The main living spaces, the sitting and dining areas and the outdoor entertainment facilities were all set up to open out towards the private garden. The basement carries ancillary spaces, as well as the mechanical room with the house’s pioneering solar heating system.

The structure develops a differential relationship with the plot’s topography, offering an intriguing, varied and dynamic relationship with the outdoors. Certain zones offer direct access to the outdoor spaces, whilst others are either hovering over, or are submerged into the plot. This relationship to the outdoor areas changes further with the use of large sliding glass openings (a full 24 metres of continuous length in the garden side), that 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: E-mech
Electrical Engineering: Electroproject
Lighting: JNC Christofides


General Contractor: D. Kougiales Contractors


Completed 2012