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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.

SECRET GARDEN in Nicosia, Cyprus by Constantinos Kalisperas Architectural Studio

 
September 15th, 2013 by Sumit Singhal

The proposed house is situated in the outer suburbs of Nicosia surrounded by the endless tranquility of the majestic agricultural terrains.

Inspired by the existing topography of the area, form and landscape interweave into one hybrid structure, allowing for multi-layered programme, views and landscape to co-exist harmoniously.

Image Courtesy © Constantinos Kalisperas Architectural Studio

  • Architects: Constantinos Kalisperas Architectural Studio
  • Project: SECRET GARDEN
  • Location: Nicosia, Cyprus
  • Type: Residential
  • Plot Area: 4085m2
  • Built Area: 805m2
  • Head Architect: Constantinos Kalisperas
  • Visualisation: Constantinos Kalisperas, Costas Loucaides
  • Software used: Microstation v8i

Image Courtesy © Constantinos Kalisperas Architectural Studio

The proposal was perceived, taking into consideration the traditional local architecture of having an internal courtyard (iliakos) as the main core of the building, so as to allow the surrounding programme to interact fluently within its boundaries.

Using openings (iliakous) as a tool for unifying spatial and programmatic qualities within the building’s essence, the proposal allows natural sunlight to gently penetrate and gradually evolve as a controlled environment, a “secret garden”, within and below the dynamically suspended envelope, floating above ground level.

Image Courtesy © Constantinos Kalisperas Architectural Studio

The dynamic form of the house projecting from the ground towards the sky achieves additional spatial and programmatic organization, revealing its programmatic qualities into the surrounding topography and beyond. The tectonic plate of the volume above provides “shelter” to the courtyard below.

Image Courtesy © Constantinos Kalisperas Architectural Studio

The courtyard becomes a transitional zone between living and resting areas. The living areas allow the external garden to interact, “dissolving” the internal and external, public and private boundaries. The bedroom area suspended from above allowing constant natural air flow and multiple views towards the pool area and beyond.

Image Courtesy © Constantinos Kalisperas Architectural Studio

Small openings, like progressive “urban noise” throughout the external envelope of the proposal, become “devices” for filtering light within the sheltered spaces at different timeframes. Carefully placed, each opening allows both users and externals to frame views of the scenery, and vice-versa, like a “collective camera”.

Throughout its dynamic presence the formal and programmatic morphology of the proposal inspires a subtle “contrast” to the poetic wilderness of the endless urban terrain and its golden fields.

Image Courtesy © Constantinos Kalisperas Architectural Studio

Image Courtesy © Constantinos Kalisperas Architectural Studio

Image Courtesy © Constantinos Kalisperas Architectural Studio

Image Courtesy © Constantinos Kalisperas Architectural Studio

Image Courtesy © Constantinos Kalisperas Architectural Studio

Image Courtesy © Constantinos Kalisperas Architectural Studio

Image Courtesy © Constantinos Kalisperas Architectural Studio

Image Courtesy © Constantinos Kalisperas Architectural Studio

Image Courtesy © Constantinos Kalisperas Architectural Studio

Image Courtesy © Constantinos Kalisperas Architectural Studio

Image Courtesy © Constantinos Kalisperas Architectural Studio

Image Courtesy © Constantinos Kalisperas Architectural Studio

Image Courtesy © Constantinos Kalisperas Architectural Studio

Image Courtesy © Constantinos Kalisperas Architectural Studio

Image Courtesy © Constantinos Kalisperas Architectural Studio

Image Courtesy © Constantinos Kalisperas Architectural Studio

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