The idea was based on the design of a structure with the characteristics of an ‘object’ that functions as a’ landmark’. The project at hand was the design of a showroom on a commercial avenue connecting the Nicosia-Pafos Highway with the center of Limassol.
The building use - a building that showcased furnishings and other home use materials – defined not only the program requirement but also the way the building land use was to evolve, projecting a transparency to its interiors.
CONCEPT - SCOPE OF WORKS
The idea was based on the design of a structure with the characteristics of an ‘object’ that functions as a’ landmark’. The structure resulted from the idea of ‘a folding surface’ in this case bare reinforced concrete, which produce the functional entities of the building ( storage, showroom, office) starting from the basement storage space, encasing the ground & 1st level showrooms and unfolding to the 2nd floor to envelope the administrative space.
To the observer who moves along the frontal facade the concept is recognized with ease as it is dynamically projected, however on the interior the visitor is faced by successive surprises – discovering interior courtyards were one can detect the play between internal and external space. This introversion is evident on the rear facade of the building.
The exterior surface of the building is out of reinforced bare concrete. The connecting corridor is out of steel. The front façade out of spider glass specifically positioned so as to expose the interiors uninhibited. At the rear end (south) wooden glue lam members are vertically positioned to filter through the sun with colour used sparingly were called for on wall surfaces.
The opening of the ‘fold’ is oriented to the North while the enveloping sides are on the East-West axis. The interior courtyards are exposed to the South while the Western sun is blocked with just the necessary openings for natural ventilation. The chimney effect is implemented as the cold air transfers upwardly dispersing through the Ground and 1st floor spaces to the skylights above where it exits. Louvers, both vertical and horizontal, are used as sun filters were appropriate.
Built area: 1400m2
Client: STEFOS EVRIPIDOU LTD
Structural Engineer: HYPERSTATIC ENG. DESIGN
M+E Engineers: HITECO LTD
Quantity Surveyor: CHRISTOFORIDES MAKRIS & PARTNERS
Contractor: OMIROS & SONS LTD
Photographs: © Christos Papantoniou