greenery emerges through jean nouvel's pixelated 'white walls' tower in cyprus
 
greenery emerges through jean nouvel's pixelated 'white walls' tower in cyprus
mar 09, 2016

greenery emerges through jean nouvel's pixelated 'white walls' tower in cyprus

in the cypriot capital of nicosia, french architect jean nouvel has designed a mixed-use tower named ‘white walls’ that climbs to a total height of 67 meters. standing as a new landmark, the structure’s verticality serves as a visual counterpoint to the horizontality of the surrounding medieval walls, and the moat that encloses the old part of the city. developed in collaboration with local firm takis sophocleous architects, the building houses ten floors of residential apartments, six levels of office space, and a two-storey retail area.

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a vertical landscape covers approximately 80% of the building’s southern façade
design architect: ateliers jean nouvel; local collaborating architects: takis sophocleous architects
all images by yiorgis yerolymbos, courtesy of nice day developments

 

 

a vertical vegetated landscape covers approximately 80% of the building’s southern façade. serving as a natural ‘brise soleil’, plants act as natural sun-control, shielding apartments and offices in summer while admitting maximum light during winter months. the living façade supports a variety of local plants and continually changes throughout the seasons. at ground level, 400 year old olive trees surround the building, establishing a connection with the adjacent park.

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the living façade supports a variety of local plants

 

 

apartments and offices feature loggias that extend living space externally, taking advantage of the region’s temperate climate. on the northern façade, a series of cascading terraces and balconies maximize views towards the city skyline. meanwhile, across eastern and western elevations, the loggias extend inwards to protect inhabitants from noise, wind and sun. concrete walls are punctured by a random array of square openings. this lends the scheme a distinctive appearance, with greenery emerging from internal gardens. on the top two floors of the tower, a duplex apartment is organized around a central courtyard that pays homage to traditional cypriot architecture. three large shades protect the apartment from the strong summer sun, and emphasize views towards the sky.

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concrete walls are punctured by a random array of square openings

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greenery emerges from internal gardens

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a penthouse apartment is organized around a central courtyard

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large shades protect the apartment from the strong summer sun

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the design pays homage to traditional cypriot architecture

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loggias extend inwards to protect inhabitants from noise, wind and sun

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the building houses ten floors of residential apartments and six levels of office space

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400 year old olive trees surround the building, establishing a connection with the adjacent park

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the tower’s verticality serves as a visual counterpoint to the horizontality of the surrounding medieval walls

 

 

project info:

 

completed: april 2015
location: the white walls (tower 25), stasinou 6, 1065, nicosia, cyprus
client: nice day developments ltd, nicosia, cyprus
architectural team: jean nouvel – ateliers jean nouvel
local architects: takis sophocleous architects (anastasia koumoulidou, demetris sophocleous)

 

concept design: philippe papy
studies and construction: elisabeth kather
architects: sony devabhaktuni, nobuo yoshida
computer renderings: josé miguel pomares
structure: KAL engineering (lysandros kyriacou)
mechanical, electrical, plumbing, fire: mitsides samouhl & parntners
quantity surveyor: nicolaou & konnides
contract type: commission, full design services
program: retail, apartment and office tower: 2 levels of retail, 6 levels of offices, 10 levels of apartments
usable floor area: 6,739 sqm
gross floor area: 10,000 sqm
photography: yiorgis yerolymbos

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