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House 21
Nicosia, Cyprus

The project situated in the Tymvos area of Engomi Municipality in Nicosia, serves as a family home to a couple and their young child. Made in reinforced concrete and lined with thermally insulated brick walls, this 350m2 house was designed to adapt to the plot’s topography while setting up an optimized solar orientation. The house unfolds 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 east facing bedrooms. The main living spaces, the sitting and dining areas and the outdoor entertainment facilities were all set up to open out towards the private pool and gardens. The basement carries ancillary spaces, as well as the street level car port.

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 16 metres in length in the ground floor areas, 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: LUCE Ataliotes


General Contractor: T.Parides & Son Contractors


Completed 2012