Architect: Elina Kritikou - Kenzo Yamashita
Design Team: Aimilios Kourafas
Location: Nicosia - Cyprus
Area: 300 sqm
The house has a contemporary character, with unobstructed views to the Garden, maximum sunlight, adequate privacy and transparency. The house and its outdoor areas face Southwest, with linear elements directing all focus towards the exterior and interior gardens. By extending the linear exterior elements to the limits of the plot, we take full advantage of the plot area to create quality outdoor spaces. By connecting the inside with the outside, we create a transparent design - the spaces become larger as the interior becomes one with the exterior. bringing more light and nature into the interior.
The Garden is one of the most important elements of the house, as all the main spaces have views towards it. Located to the southern boundary of the plot, we achieve maximum sunglight and air quality. The outdoor spaces, including the Barbecue Area, Garden and Swimming Pool appear to be extending out of the interior spaces. The Interior garden is also an important feature, as it blends the interior with the exterior and brings light into the house. It separates the Kitchen with the Living Area, and provides views to the staircase and Master Bedroom.
The Ground Floor consists of the Living Area, the Dining Area, the Kitchen and Kitchenette, the interior Garden, the double Parking and the maid’s quarter.
On the First Floor, the Master Bedroom’s location has the advantage of having views to the Garden as well as the Interior Garden. The bedrooms which are located to the Eastern side of the plot have direct sunlight in the morning hours as well as good air quality.
Directing focus towards SouthWest & Garden
The primary concept is to direct the focus towards SouthWest, to have unobstructed views to the garden as well as maximum sunlight and air quality. 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.