The project situated in the Strovolos area of Nicosia, serves as a family home to a couple and their two young children. Made in reinforced concrete and partly lined with thermally insulated brick walls, this 300m2 house was designed to adapt to the plot’s dramatic topographical changes while also setting up an optimal solar orientation. The house develops on two levels, with the ground floor carrying the living and entertaining spaces in a largely open-plan arrangement, while the upper level accommodates four private bed rooms. A guest bedroom with en-suite bathroom, two bedrooms and a play area for the children are clustered together, while the master bedroom is set further away on the west side volume, hovering over the ground level atrium. The main living areas, all lined with solid oak floors, are equipped with fully retractable aluminum glazing and set up to take advantage of dramatic vistas towards the outskirts of Nicosia and the Troodos mountain range beyond.
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 access to the outdoors, but this is experienced in varied levels. Living spaces open out to the elevated garden and pool area while the kitchen zone opens out to a ‘grounded’ veranda. 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: E-mech
Electrical Engineering: Electroproject
Lighting: Luce Ataliotes
General Contractor: P.Vassiliou& Son Contractors