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House 26
Nicosia, Cyprus

The project situated in the Eleones area of Strovolos 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 400m2 mansion was designed to adapt to the plot’s idiosyncrasies while setting up an optimal 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 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 travertine marble clad private pool area and gardens. The basement carries ancillary spaces, as well as the mechanical room with the house’s advanced 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 submerged into the plot. This relationship to the outdoor areas changes further with the use of large sliding glass openings, which as is the case of the retractable pieces set in the patio found in the south-eastern side of the house, 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: Georgiou& Zembylas Partners
Electrical Engineering: Georgiou& Zembylas Partners
Lighting: LUCE Ataliotes


General Contractor: M.Achilleos Ecodomiki


Completed 2013