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House 0605 / Simpraxis Architects

  • 01:00 - 18 October, 2012
House 0605 / Simpraxis Architects
House 0605 / Simpraxis Architects, © Marios Christodoulides, Christos Papantoniou
© Marios Christodoulides, Christos Papantoniou

© Marios Christodoulides, Christos Papantoniou © Marios Christodoulides, Christos Papantoniou © Marios Christodoulides, Christos Papantoniou © Marios Christodoulides, Christos Papantoniou +34

  • Architects

  • Location

    Nicosia
  • Architect in Charge

    Marios Christodoulides, Christos Christodoulou
  • Design Team

    Christos Pasadakis, Maria Karydou, Stelios Zenieris, Stella Parpa
  • Construction

    Takis Christoforou
  • Structural Engineer

    Platonas Stylianou
  • Mechanical Engineer

    Kikis Hadjifrangiskou
  • Electrical Engineer

    Andreas Sotiriou
  • Area

    165.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2011
  • Photographs

From the architect. 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.

© Marios Christodoulides, Christos Papantoniou
© 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. 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.

© Marios Christodoulides, Christos Papantoniou
© 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. 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.

© Marios Christodoulides, Christos Papantoniou
© 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. 

First Floor Plan
First Floor Plan
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