Armeftis & Associates | Stavrides Residence
The residence, comprising of basement ground and upper level, is set at the outskirts of Nicosia on a triangular plot overlooking Pentadactilos through the plains of Mesaoria.
The basic concept is derived from the need for a contemporary building in a corresponding dialect with the vernacular, with references such as the linear volumetric positioning and the creation of enclosed covered verandas.
The building is organized in two linear functions per floor with the private on the upper and the public on the lower, with the resulting shape as derived from the displacement of the corresponding upper part to create the covered patio below.
The structure was positioned parallel to the public road taking over the entire span at a distance so as:
- The linear positioning would respond to the vernacular “makrinari” (a building with all functions contained in a longitudinal volume) and the Mesaoria plains.
- Establish introversion by means of buffering the westward sun and maintaining the sense of privacy while sustaining the proper wind flow.
- Allowing for a larger garden area to filter through to Pentadactilos from the orientation of its main functions.
- To fend off the westward sun and cast shadow over its courtyards during the afternoon hours.
Basic aim was to manage the appropriation of shading and air flow so as to maximize the outdoor activity use by its inhabitants. The covered outdoor patio on the S/E is serving as the main characteristic of the house, allowing for the fresh westward wind flow to filter through.
The natural formation of the road allowed the vehicular access to a basement while the main pedestrian entry allocated at a higher level, is realized by the means of a ramp. The linear positioning of its main functions living/day room kitchen dining and salon on the ground floor, are set with open views and large openings toward the courtyard and the verandas. The longitudinal staircase leads to the upper floor where the bedrooms are oriented accordingly with uninterrupted views to Pentadactilos mountains.
The upper floor is made out of metal trusses tied down to the ground concrete pillars and spans over the patio at a 5.60m length.
The metal structure is then treated with HPL as a finished surface whereas on the ground, areas are enveloped by exposed concrete. Internally dry wall system was used in conjunction with thermal insulation. Glazing is of low thermal emissivity.
Large orthogonal rough stone plinths are placed in a non uniform way reminiscing of the indigenous architecture.
Location: Yeri, Nicosia Cyprus
Architect: Armeftis & Associates
Civil Engineer: George Kolonias
Quantity Surveyor: George Papadopoulos
Electromechanical Consultants: Nicholas Tsioutis, Alex Stavrou, Crysis Chrysanthou
Surface Area: 400 sqm
Completion Date: June 2010
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