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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 0605 in Nicosia, Cyprus by Simpraxis Architects

 
December 18th, 2012 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Simpraxis Architects

The house was designed for a young couple and their daughter and is situated on the outskirts of Nicosia. The house falls into the category of ‘half plots’ where two distinct residences are constructed in the same plot and share a wall, also allowing for a three meter setback on the plot’s periphery.

Image Courtesy © Marios Christodoulides, Christos Papantoniou

  • Architects: Simpraxis Architects
  • Project: House 0605
  • Location: Nicosia, Cyprus
  • Photography: Marios Christodoulides, Christos Papantoniou
  • Architects: Marios Christodoulides & Christos Christodoulou – Simpraxis
  • Project team: Christos Pasadakis, Maria Karydou, Stelios Zenieris, Stella Parpa
  • Construction: Takis Christoforou
  • Structural engineer: Platonas Stylianou
  • Mechanical engineer: Kikis Hadjifrangiskou
  • Electrical engineer: Andreas Sotiriou
  • Cost: Approx. €300,000
  • Plot size: 275 m²
  • Interior spaces: 165 m²
  • Year: 2011

Image Courtesy © Marios Christodoulides, Christos Papantoniou

The interplay between indoors and outdoors within the residence, as well as the variable relationship between the house and the neighborhood, are themes investigated in this project. A system of sliding perforated metal panels on the street facade, retractable shading devices on the upper floor as well as curtains on the ground floor can determine the house’s relationship with the street but also between the different functions within the residence.

Image Courtesy © Marios Christodoulides, Christos Papantoniou

A seemingly impenetrable shell during the day can be undone at nighttime when street traffic is limited, thus opening up a different relationship with the neighborhood. Thus, the curb and the street can become the front courtyard of the house.

Image Courtesy © Marios Christodoulides, Christos Papantoniou

The living area, kitchen, and circulation areas surround the outside courtyard on three sides. This allows for visual contact and movement between the different spaces and encourages the integration of outdoor space into the occupants’ daily life. The kitchen protrudes into the yard, thus creating a communal center, surrounded by the courtyard space.

Image Courtesy © Marios Christodoulides, Christos Papantoniou

The courtyard is also enveloped by the upper floor which contains the master bedroom and their circulation corridor. The overhanging bedrooms provide peripheral shading around the kitchen, thus creating a more effective relationship between indoor and outdoor spaces.

Image Courtesy © Marios Christodoulides, Christos Papantoniou

The living room located on the southern road boundary, creates an intermediate space between the public street and the courtyard within the house. The living space can be enclosed or it can function as a transition space between the road and the courtyard. A two-story high entrance space allows southern sunlight into the ground floor common spaces as well as the master bedroom.

Image Courtesy © Marios Christodoulides, Christos Papantoniou

Image Courtesy © Marios Christodoulides, Christos Papantoniou

Image Courtesy © Marios Christodoulides, Christos Papantoniou

Image Courtesy © Marios Christodoulides, Christos Papantoniou

Image Courtesy © Marios Christodoulides, Christos Papantoniou

Image Courtesy © Marios Christodoulides, Christos Papantoniou

Image Courtesy © Marios Christodoulides, Christos Papantoniou

Image Courtesy © Marios Christodoulides, Christos Papantoniou

Image Courtesy © Marios Christodoulides, Christos Papantoniou

Image Courtesy © Marios Christodoulides, Christos Papantoniou

Image Courtesy © Marios Christodoulides, Christos Papantoniou

Image Courtesy © Marios Christodoulides, Christos Papantoniou

Image Courtesy © Marios Christodoulides, Christos Papantoniou

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