Venice Biennale 2014: “Anatomy of the Wallpaper” to Present Layered History of Cyprus’ Capital

© Michael Hadjistyllis, Stefanos Roimpas / Anatomy of the Wallpaper (2014)

has been shaped by a tumultuous history. Power struggles between invaders, conquerors and colonial powers have all left indelible marks on the landscape, much of which can be witnessed in the island’s capital of Nicosia. 

Uncovering this history, the curators of Cyprus’ fifth participation at the 2014 Venice Architecture Biennale will expose the island’s layered past and the story of Nicosia in allegory form with the Anatomy of the Wallpaper. 

Learn more and read Cyprus’ full curatorial statement, after the break…

Fameline Properties / Vardastudio Architects and Designers

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Architects: Vardastudio Architects and Designers
Location: Limassol,
Year: 2013
Photographs: Courtesy of Creative Photo Room

Andri & Yiorgos Residence / Vardastudio Architects and Designers

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Architects: Vardastudio Architects and Designers
Location: , Cyprus
Year: 2013
Photographs: Courtesy of Creative Photo Room

Serafides House / VARDAstudio

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Architects: VARDAstudio
Location: , Cyprus
Year: 2012
Photographs: Maria Efthymiou

Electricity Authority of Cyprus / Eraclis Papachristou Architects

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Architects: Eraclis Papachristou Architects
Location: ,
Project Team: Eraclis Papachristou, Panayiotis Panayi, Yiannos Tsiolis, Panayiota Pieri, Demetris Savva, Elia Ioannou
Area: 6,201 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Erieta Attali

Urban Park of Palouriotissa Second Prize Winning Proposal / ECONOMOU + Georgios Artopoulos

© Ch. Gregoriou, G. Artopoulos, N. Metoxis and N. Skantzouris

In an effort to achieve a more holistic development of Latsia, the participation of socially active, culturally motivated and eager to learn citizens is necessary. Therefore, this second prize winning proposal by Architects & Engineers + was designed to accommodate and create spatially organized activities and lived experiences, in order to host actions of collective learning and creative occupations relevant to the local natural resources, always aiming for the generation of a new, shared identity of Latsia. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Loukas Residence / Vardastudio Architects & Designers

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Architects: Vardastudio Architects & Designers
Location: Emba, Paphos,
Year: 2008
Photographs: Christos Papantoniou

Proton / Constantinos Kalisperas Architectural Studio

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Architects: Constantinos Kalisperas Architectural Studio
Location: Engomi, Egkomi,
Architect In Charge: Constantinos Kalisperas
Year: 2010
Photographs: Courtesy of CKAS

Maria’s Residence / Vardastudio Architects & Designers

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Architects: Vardastudio Architects & Designers
Location: Geroskipou, , Cyprus
Photographs: Pambis Iakovou

Peter’s House / Vardastudio Architects & Designers

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Architects: Vardastudio Architects & Designers
Location: Tremithousa, ,
Year: 2012
Photographs: Maria Efthymiou

House 0405 / Simpraxis Architects

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Architects: Simpraxis Architects
Location: Nicosia,
Architect In Charge: Marios Christodoulides, Christos Christodoulou
Design Team: Christos Pasadakis, Maria Karydou, Stelios Zenieris, Stella Parpa
Construction: Nicodemou & Gavrias
Structural Engineer: Platonas Stylianou
Mechanical Engineer: Kikis Hadjifrangiskou
Electrical Engineer: Loukianos Raftis
Lighting Consultant: Dakis Sevastides
Area: 1,456 sqm
Year: 2010
Photographs: Courtesy of Simpraxis Architects

House 0214 / Simpraxis Architects

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Architects: Simpraxis Architects
Location: Nicosia,
Architect In Charge: Marios Christodoulides, Christos Christodoulou
Design Team: Christos Pasadakis, Maria Karydou
Construction: Takis Christoforou
Structural Engineer: Platonas Stylianou
Mechanical Engineer: Kikis Hadjifrangiskou
Lighting Consultant: Dakis Sevastides
Area: 300 sqm
Year: 2008
Photographs: Courtesy of Simpraxis Architects

House 0605 / Simpraxis Architects

© Marios Christodoulides, Christos Papantoniou

Architects: Simpraxis Architects
Location: Nicosia,
Architect In Charge: Marios Christodoulides, Christos Christodoulou
Design Team: Christos Pasadakis, Maria Karydou, Stelios Zenieris, Stella Parpa
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Marios Christodoulides, Christos Papantoniou

House 0614 / Simpraxis Architects

© Marios Christodoulides, Christos Papantoniou

Architects: Simpraxis Architects
Location: Nicosia,
Architect In Charge: Marios Christodoulides, Christos Christodoulou
Design Team: Christos Pasadakis, Maria Karydou, Stelios Zenieris, Stella Parpa
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Marios Christodoulides, Christos Papantoniou

Venice Biennale 2012: Revisit – Customizing Tourism / Cyprus Pavilion

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In a time of rapid physical and digital connections the global phenomenon of tourism becomes more and more of a common activity. Tourism brings people from all over the world on a common ground giving them the opportunity to interact with a locality, places, and people. However, the conventional tourist entertainment character and the lack of local interaction alienate the notion of the common ground in most tourist destinations. Resorts, theme-parks, international hotel chains, global market icons, and city guides turned tourism into a travelling monopoly with global rules that are applicable everywhere. Common ground is at stake!

The pavilion was curated by Charis Christodoulou and Spyros Th. Spyrou.

Fishing Boat Harbor and ‘River’ of Liopetri / Various Architects

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The first prize winning competition proposal for the Fishing Boat Harbor and ‘River’ of was designed by the collaborative effort of architects Iereidis Vasilis, Michael Aimilios, Zomas Alexandros, Mitakou Eleni, Raisi Alexia, Hatzopoulos Dimitris, Fanou Paraskevi, and Lada Anastasia. With the challenge for a proposal that would provide all the necessary facilities for the fishing boat harbor and create a park that focuses on environmental education, this design stands as a binary between experience and function. As an outcome there are no clear boundaries between the fishing boat harbor and the park or in that sense between any other of the proposed interventions. More images and architects’ description after the break.

CYC Students Residence University / EKKY Studio

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The first prize winning proposal for the CYC Students Residence University by EKKY Studio is an affordable student housing complex close to the university of , in the area of Nicosia. Through their research, a new building typology was explored which can house 70-76 students and can potentially create public facilities for the students of the neighboring properties, aiming at creating a contemporary student housing hub. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Park & Agricultural Heritage Museum / Vamvakidis Simos, Tzortzis Antonis, Zapantiotis Fotis

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Vamvakidis Simos, Tzortzis Antonis, and Zapantiotis Fotis shared with us their proposal for the Park & Agricultural Heritage Museum in the Eptagonia community of Limassol, Cyprus. The individual volumes of the museum follow the gentle slope of the existing terrain, creating an “organic” connection to the landscape while creating individual passes and plateaus that are interconnected, in a composition close to the human scale and built context of the village. More images and architects’ description after the break.