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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.

House 0214 in Nicosia, Cyprus by Simpraxis Architects

 
December 12th, 2012 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Simpraxis Architects

The site is located in a densely populated suburban area of Nicosia. The site of about 520 s.m. had a natural slope of about three meters from South-East to North-West with the bordering road running parallel to the slope of the land.  To avoid additional construction costs associated with large retaining walls it was decided that the majority of the construction would be confined on a triangular plateau on the higher level of the plot. The interior and exterior spaces on the ground floor were organized on two levels with a difference in elevation of approximately two feet following the natural slope of the land.

Image Courtesy © Marios Christodoulides, Charalambos Artemis, Christos Papantoniou

  • Architects: Simpraxis Architects
  • Project: House 0214
  • Location: Nicosia, Cyprus
  • Photography: Marios Christodoulides, Charalambos Artemis, Christos Papantoniou
  • Architects: Marios Christodoulides & Christos Christodoulou – Simpraxis
  • Project Team: Christos Pasadakis, Maria Karydou
  • Construction: Takis Christoforou
  • Structural Engineer: Platonas Stylianou
  • Mechanical Engineer: Kikis Hadjifrangiskou
  • Lighting Consultant: Dakis Sevastides
  • Cost: Approx. €500,000
  • Plot Size: 525 m²
  • Interior Spaces: 300 m²
  • Year: 2008

Image Courtesy © Marios Christodoulides, Charalambos Artemis, Christos Papantoniou

The ground floor is organized by two orthogonal ‘boxes’ at an angle to each other that meet at one. The first ‘box’ relates to the more public functions of the house and opens up to the outdoor spaces while the other includes the food preparation area and access to the upper floor. A stepped ramp leads the way to the main entry which is at a higher level from the slopped street.

Image Courtesy © Marios Christodoulides, Charalambos Artemis, Christos Papantoniou

The entrance is programmatically located between the public areas of the residence and the more private, arriving at the juncture of the two ‘boxes’. A third ‘box’ which sits on top of the first two and is oriented parallel to the street encloses the sleeping areas for the three member family, a couple and their three year old son. The entrance path is allowed to formally penetrate this upper box and create openings that visually connect the upper level spaces with the street.

Image Courtesy © Marios Christodoulides, Charalambos Artemis, Christos Papantoniou

A design challenge was the regulation of western sunlight, especially during the long dry and hot summers without obstructing the western mountain views. To achieve that a metal canopy overhangs the interior spaces offering shade until late afternoon. Furthermore, a vertical shade comprised of perforated metal sheets offers privacy and sun protection while allowing views to the outside.

Image Courtesy © Marios Christodoulides, Charalambos Artemis, Christos Papantoniou

In the summer the closed sliding wooden panels on the ground floor in combination with the open parallel sliding glass doors on the inside can keep the summer sun out but allow for natural ventilation to occur utilizing the predominantly western winds of the area.

Image Courtesy © Marios Christodoulides, Charalambos Artemis, Christos Papantoniou

During the winter months the wooden panels can be opened with the glass sliding doors remaining closed allowing for enough heat gain and therefore minimizing the need for the heating system to operate during daylight hours. Also all bedrooms and baths benefit from the eastern morning sun during the winter days.

Image Courtesy © Marios Christodoulides, Charalambos Artemis, Christos Papantoniou

Cross ventilation during the summer months is highly effective on the ground floor with all sides opening to the outside, and the second floor together with the overhanging roof and vertical shading device acting as a large ‘umbrella’. Furthermore all rooms have a minimum of two openings allowing for natural ventilation and minimizing the need for air-conditioning.

Image Courtesy © Marios Christodoulides, Charalambos Artemis, Christos Papantoniou

Also the connection between ground floor and first floor allows for hot air to escape from clear story windows strategically located to effectively utilize predominant westerly winds. A small pool of water facing west and located outside the sliding wooden panels can allow for evaporative cooling to occur.

Image Courtesy © Marios Christodoulides, Charalambos Artemis, Christos Papantoniou

Image Courtesy © Marios Christodoulides, Charalambos Artemis, Christos Papantoniou

Image Courtesy © Marios Christodoulides, Charalambos Artemis, Christos Papantoniou

Image Courtesy © Marios Christodoulides, Charalambos Artemis, Christos Papantoniou

Image Courtesy © Marios Christodoulides, Charalambos Artemis, Christos Papantoniou

Image Courtesy © Marios Christodoulides, Charalambos Artemis, Christos Papantoniou

Image Courtesy © Marios Christodoulides, Charalambos Artemis, Christos Papantoniou

Image Courtesy © Marios Christodoulides, Charalambos Artemis, Christos Papantoniou

Image Courtesy © Marios Christodoulides, Charalambos Artemis, Christos Papantoniou

Image Courtesy © Marios Christodoulides, Charalambos Artemis, Christos Papantoniou

Image Courtesy © Marios Christodoulides, Charalambos Artemis, Christos Papantoniou

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