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  7. Miba Architects' University of Cyprus Medical School Proposal Combines Lab and Social Space

Miba Architects' University of Cyprus Medical School Proposal Combines Lab and Social Space

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Miba Architects' University of Cyprus Medical School Proposal Combines Lab and Social Space
Miba Architects' University of Cyprus Medical School Proposal Combines Lab and Social Space, Exterior Rendered View. Image © Erik Gutierrez
Exterior Rendered View. Image © Erik Gutierrez

A proposal by Miba Architects and Calderon‐Folch‐Sarsanedas Architects has received 2nd prize in an international competition to design the new medical school for the University of Cyprus. The project proposes a “campus within a campus,” combining the strict bio-climatic regulations of a research lab with a social space for learning. Read more after the break.

Aerial Rendered View. Image © Erik Gutierrez
Aerial Rendered View. Image © Erik Gutierrez

The building is inspired by the work of Panayiotis Ioannou – a Cypriot neuroscientist and cell biologist who created the first human PAC genomic library. Viewing the images of DNA sequences less rigidly, their varying sizes and intensities of bands begin to inspire a rhythm for the building form.

Concept Image. Image Courtesy of Miba Architects
Concept Image. Image Courtesy of Miba Architects

Using a configuration of cloisters of different programs around a central circulation space, the building promotes interaction, with a central patio forming both a social core and bioclimatic regulator.

Interior Rendered View. Image © Erik Gutierrez
Interior Rendered View. Image © Erik Gutierrez

Inside, the technological systems are standardized, simplifying and speeding up construction as well as providing high thermal inertia. Additionally, the energy proposal will minimize energy and water demand, using insulation; and automated sun-shading and natural ventilation systems.

Parallel Projection Diagrams. Image Courtesy of Miba Architects
Parallel Projection Diagrams. Image Courtesy of Miba Architects

By monitoring the climatic behaviour of the building, automated control will be constantly improved, continually improving the way it meets energy demand. Overall, the project will:

‐ Reduce standard energy consumption by 75%
‐ Reduce standard potable water consumption by 90%
‐ Reduce standard emission rates by 60% in the fabrication process
‐ Reduce standard amount of deposited waste by 85%
‐ Have 89% materials with a full life cycle

Bioclimatic Section
Bioclimatic Section
  • Architects

  • Location

    Nicosia, Cyprus
  • Design Team

    Toni Montes, Laia Isern, Pilar Calderon, Marc Folch, Pol Sarsanedas
  • Rendering

    Erik Gutierrez
  • Collaborator

    Societat Orgànica, Ntovros Vasileios
  • Area

    9116.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015

Learn more about the proposal here.

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Cite: Eric Oh. "Miba Architects' University of Cyprus Medical School Proposal Combines Lab and Social Space" 13 Mar 2016. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/783536/miba-architects-university-of-cyprus-medical-school-proposal-combines-lab-and-social-space/> ISSN 0719-8884