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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.

Electricity Authority of Cyprus (EAC) in Paphos, Cyprus by Eraclis Papachristou – Architects

 
March 15th, 2013 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Eraclis Papachristou – Architects

The site is defined in the city boundary. The whole complex is a smooth transition from the urban fabric to the non built space and vice versa.A space grid/interconnection that is able to co-exist in an autonomous way or as an integral part of the city, while at the same time constitutes a landmark for the city of Pafos.

Image Courtesy © Erieta Attali 

  • Architects: Eraclis Papachristou – Architects
  • Project: Electricity Authority of Cyprus (EAC)
  • Location: Paphos, Cyprus
  • Photography: Erieta Attali
  • Owner: Electricity Authority of Cyprus (EAC)
  • Prize: 1st prize in architectural competition 2002
  • Plot area: 13 738m²
  • Building area:
    Office building (including basement): 6201m²
    Substation: 740m²
    Footbridge: 255 m²
  • Finished: Dec 2012
  • Budget: €16 500 000
  • Collaborators: Eraclis Papachristou, Panayiotis Panayi, Yiannos Tsiolis, Panayiota Pieri, Demetris Savva, Elia Ioannou
  • Structural Engineers: George Demetriades & Nikos Kalathas
  • Mechanical & Electrical Engineers: Yiannakis Mitsides & Michael Nicolaides
  • Quantity Surveyors: Alexis Adamides

Image Courtesy © Erieta Attali

Concept: A division of the plot in zones, each one of them bearing the characteristics of the transition of the closed public space (public building), to open public (open air energy system exhibition) to green public (green park) with an emblematic building volume which articulates the zones and structures them.

Image Courtesy © Erieta Attali

Through the demands of the building program, the characteristics of the land/plot and hints of urbanity, the concept is formed and gets structured through the architectural synthesis. The contours of the plot while at the same time the urban flow of movements dictate that the first zone will be western of the public building while to the east of it there is the zone of the piazza and far more to the east the zone of the green area.

Image Courtesy © Erieta Attali

Architectural gestures are emphatic making the zones strictly defined and identifiable, but simultaneously this strict division is overruled with the unobstructed free views and easy flow of movement between them, while the clear division results to easy understanding of the whole space.

Image Courtesy © Erieta Attali

The site «invades» in the building while at the same time the building expands in to the site in a bidirectional active interaction, where the linear building volume acts as an articulation component of the built space to the green area.  The volumes lay to the site while the prism of the public building, in an organic manner accepts the urban flow, channelling it accordingly to the building or the green area.

Image Courtesy © Erieta Attali

The strict division public and provide space accomplished with the use of the near office building above open public space and green area. A footbridge channels people from parking place to an office building secondary entrance.

Image Courtesy © Erieta Attali

The sustainability issue is addressed with the formationof the building shell itself, whichis able  toreact to environment conditions, adjust itself periodically (openable shading devices) and according to programme (public building sheltered heavily while office space glazed and sun protect).

Image Courtesy © Erieta Attali

Detailing and precision level is another issue addressed in this work, while the use of a restricted palette of materials in combination with the local craftsmanship and sophisticated systems is another.

Image Courtesy © Erieta Attali

Image Courtesy © Erieta Attali

Image Courtesy © Erieta Attali

Image Courtesy © Erieta Attali

Image Courtesy © Erieta Attali

Image Courtesy © Erieta Attali

Image Courtesy © Erieta Attali

Image Courtesy © Erieta Attali

Image Courtesy © Erieta Attali

Image Courtesy © Erieta Attali

Image Courtesy © Erieta Attali

Facade details : Image Courtesy Eraclis Papachristou – Architects

Bridge elevation : Image Courtesy Eraclis Papachristou – Architects

North elevation : Image Courtesy Eraclis Papachristou – Architects

Long section : Image Courtesy Eraclis Papachristou – Architects

Site cross section : Image Courtesy Eraclis Papachristou – Architects

Site plan : Image Courtesy Eraclis Papachristou – Architects

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