Architect: Elina Kritikou - Kenzo Yamashita
Design Team: Ourania Apserou, Lia Hartoutsiou
Location: Nicosia - Cyprus
Area: 550 sqm
The house has a contemporary yet luxurious character, with unobstructed views and maximum sunlight, adequate privacy and transparency. The house and its outdoor areas face South, with linear elements directing all focus towards the Exterior and Interior Gardens. Following clean and straight lines, the design reinforces the idea behind the concept: less is more, yet the richness of the space due to the materials and double height composition create an authentic complexity.
The use of glazing around the southern perimeter of the house brings nature into the interior, connecting the outside with the inside. In this way, we bring light into the house and foster a sense of harmony with the natural surrounding.
The Garden is one of the most important elements, as all the main spaces have views towards it. Located to the southern boundary of the plot, we achieve maximum sunlight and air quality. The Interior double height garden is also an important feature, as it blends the interior with the exterior and brings light and nature into the house.
The Ground Floor consists of the Entrance Hall, the double height Living Area, the Kitchen, the double height Garden and the double Parking.
On the First Floor, the Master Bedroom, located South-West, is seperated from the rest of the bedrooms, which are located on the East side (except the extra bedroom on the West.). The separation is achieved with a bridge connecting the two sides. All the Bedrooms have views to either the Garden or the Park (located East of the Plot), while the Master Bedroom has both. The bridge has double views, towards the Garden and towards the Double height Void and Interior Garden.
Directing focus towards the South & Garden
The primary concept is to direct the focus towards the south, to have unobstructed views to the garden as well as maximum sunlight. The use of glazing around the southern perimeter of the house brings nature into the interior, connecting the outside with the inside. In this way, we bring light into the house and foster a sense of harmony with the natural surrounding.
The design incorporates very few and carefully selected materials, which have the capacity to create authentic textures that are pleasing to both the eye and the touch. Materials like marble and travertine are used to radiate luxury and add to the contemporary yet luxurious character of the house. Concrete, reinforces the building’s light atmosphere with its pale colour, yet creates a feeling of privacy. Black metal louvres surround the house, while creating playful elevations. The earthy pallette used comes in contrast with the dark louvres, giving the house a unique identity. The pale, naturally pigmented colors are used to create a warm, light atmosphere, while they compliment the simplicity of the design. The dark metal on the other hand, has a strong appearance and gives a stronger image to the house. Outside as well as inside, the house has finishes in rich, natural woods, creating a more humane character.
The combination of materials plus the addition of nature gives the building a natural and contemporary image.