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Nicosia: The Latest Architecture and News

A Superimposed Journey through the Archeological Heritage of Cyprus in New Museum Proposal

Architects often find inspiration from the most unexpected places and objects. For Kalliope Kontozoglou, the C6th Cypriot Sphinx in the Louvre Museum and its tilted head were great influence behind her proposal for the International Architectural Competition for the New Cyprus Museum.

To honor the country’s rich historic archeology, and frame Nicosia’s topography, Kontozoglou proposed a multidimensional museum, which aims to weave the city’s topography, the exhibitions, and the public spaces all together in a sequence of ‘narrative landscapes’, promoting dialogue between the visitors, Cyprus’ landscape, and the country’s heritage.

© Kalliope Kontozoglou © Kalliope Kontozoglou © Kalliope Kontozoglou © Kalliope Kontozoglou + 12

Cardboard Pavilion "Get High Without Drugs" Wins FAB FEST Prize

Quirky, innovative and visceral, Get High without Drugs was awarded first place in the fabrication category at this year’s International FAB FEST* in London.

Mollusk-like and mysterious from the outside, the form of the pavilion emerges from the combination of a zonohedron and a dome. Seventy-two hexagonal surfaces were formulated into fold-able nets that could then be digitally fabricated from flat-sheets and assembled into load-bearing modules. A puzzle-like routine drove the assembly of the modules into the pavilion’s dome-like form.

© GET HIGH WITHOUT DRUGS © GET HIGH WITHOUT DRUGS © GET HIGH WITHOUT DRUGS Modelo impreso en 3D. Image © GET HIGH WITHOUT DRUGS + 22

Proposal For A Transparent Museum in Cyprus Rethinks The Urban Square

Responding to a competition brief for a new archaeological museum in Nicosia, the divided capital of Cyprus, a proposal submitted by Greek architects Alkiviadis Pyliotis and Evangelos Fokialis uses the traditional elements of the line, atrium and stoa to inform the composition of the envisioned landmark. Titled "Trigonica Simplicitas," the design of the museum is intended to form a new central hub, celebrating Cypriot history and culture through the synthesis of indoor and outdoor spaces on various levels to rethink the function of a museum.

© Evangelos Fokialis and Pyliotis Alkiviadis © Evangelos Fokialis and Pyliotis Alkiviadis © Evangelos Fokialis and Pyliotis Alkiviadis © Evangelos Fokialis and Pyliotis Alkiviadis + 20

Winning Proposal for Cyprus Archaeological Museum Celebrates Regional History

Theoni Xanthi of XZA Architects has been selected as the winner in the competition to design the new archaeological museum in Cyprus. Composed of three layers corresponding to Memory, the City, and the River, Xanthi's proposal took first place in a competition that sought a new urban space to celebrate Nicosia’s history and archaeology. The project is situated in close proximity to the medieval city walls, enabling it to play a key role in altering and upgrading the existing urban and green spaces that surround it.

© Fat Tony Studio © Fat Tony Studio Courtesy of XZA Architects Courtesy of XZA Architects + 27

Pavilion at Architect’s Residence / Kythreotis Architects

© Stelios Kallinikou © Stelios Kallinikou © Stelios Kallinikou © Stelios Kallinikou + 22

Nicosia, Cyprus
  • Architects: Kythreotis Architects
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area: 210.0 sqm
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2013

Leventis Art Gallery / Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios

© Hufton & Crow © Hufton & Crow © Hufton & Crow © Hufton & Crow + 27

Nicosia, Cyprus
  • Architects: Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2014

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

© Ch. Gregoriou, G. Artopoulos, N. Metoxis and N. Skantzouris
© 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 ECONOMOU Architects & Engineers + Georgios Artopoulos 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.

House 0214 / Simpraxis Architects

Courtesy of Simpraxis Architects Courtesy of Simpraxis Architects Courtesy of Simpraxis Architects Courtesy of Simpraxis Architects + 35

Nicosia, Cyprus
  • Architects: Simpraxis Architects
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area: 300.0 sqm
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2008

House 0605 / Simpraxis Architects

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

  • Architects: Simpraxis Architects
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area: 165.0 m2
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2011

House 0614 / Simpraxis Architects

© Marios Christodoulides, Christos Papantoniou © Marios Christodoulides, Christos Papantoniou © Marios Christodoulides, Christos Papantoniou © Marios Christodoulides, Christos Papantoniou + 42

Nicosia, Lebanon
  • Architects: Simpraxis Architects
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area: 339.0 m2
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2011

Residence In Aglantzia / Yiorgos Hadjichristou Architects, Petros Constantinou

© Christos Papantoniou © Christos Papantoniou © Christos Papantoniou © Christos Papantoniou + 35

Redesign of the Old GSP Area / Dimos Moysiadis and Xaris Tsitsikas

Courtesy of Dimos Moysiadis and Xaris Tsitsikas
Courtesy of Dimos Moysiadis and Xaris Tsitsikas

Young Greek architects Dimos Moysiadis and Xaris Tsitsikas, have shared with us their latest project, an architecture competition entry for the redesign of the old GSP area in Nicosia, Cyprus. More images and brief project description after the break.

Vassilis Residence / VARDAstudio

© Eleonora Katakinaite © Eleonora Katakinaite © Eleonora Katakinaite © Eleonora Katakinaite + 16

  • Architects: VARDAstudio
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2010

Olympic House & Park / Armon Choros Architects

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