Contemporary Garden House Nicosia, New Cyprus Residence, Cypriot Residential Property, Building, Architect
Cypriot contemporary house wins two prestigious A+Architizer American awards
6 Aug 2020
The Garden House in the City – Nicosia Property
Design: Christos Pavlou Architecture
Location: Nicosia, Cyprus
Cypriot contemporary house wins two prestigious American awards
The ‘’garden house in the city’’ by Christos Pavlou Architecture has been named as a winner of the ‘’Jury’’ and the ‘’popular choice’’ Architizer A+Awards 2020 (residential interior category) in New York City.
About the “garden house in the city”
Bringing nature back to the city although not a new idea it is a growing imperative especially for cities like Nicosia which has failed to make greenery and communal public areas a priority in its urban planning.
During lockdown we rediscovered the essential value of our houses, realizing once again our need for more outdoor areas, balconies and roof tops to exercise and practise our hobbies.
The need to freely breakout to enjoy open-air spaces and connect with nature and neighbours has become more desirable than ever during the pandemic.
But again the virus issue came only to emphasize what is already known though systematically forgotten and ignored, the urge to accelerate the process of incorporating nature in our cities in creative ways.
A house that brings nature back to the city, promoting shared spaces and social dialogue between its residents is what inspired Christos Pavlou Architecture to design the ‘’garden house’’.
The design emphasises the potential for private urban gardens and the microclimates they create to improve living conditions within cities and slow global warming.
Not hiding behind fences and fully glazed on one side, our proposal aims to form a physical continuation of the adjacent public green area.
The house seeks to establish a unified relationship between the neighbourhood, the private garden and the public park.
Urban elements such as building, street and public space are not treated as absolute activities in isolation but as one single homogeneous configuration as the house becomes part of the park and the park is included in the house.
The integration of green areas into the house incorporates the planting of gardens on 60% of the ground floor, the use of green terrace on first floor, the provision of bee-friendly landscapes and 40 kinds of native wildflowers.
All areas inside flow on the outer spaces and are organized around a green central courtyard placed in-between two white cubic volumes.
Making space for nature in the city not only brings beauty to the urban fabric but encourages the return of local bird species and bees maintaining thus urban biodiversity; furthermore it promotes human health and well-being.
The garden house in the city has also been awarded the Cyprus state architecture award 2019, the silver award at the A’ Design award and competition 2020 in Italy, the S.Arch 2020 award (honourable mention) in Tokyo and is a nominee for the European Union- Mies Van Der Rohe awards 2021.
Drawings of this delightful contemporary Nicosia property:
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Location: Nicosia, Cyprus, south east Europe
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