Polytia armos presents a sunny city-life retreat in Nicosia, Cyprus
The four members’ family residence is situated in the city of Nicosia on a low hill. The sloping plot provides unobstructed views towards the Pentadaktilos Mountain to the north and overlooks the east side of the city. The building is deployed on three levels in order to better adapt to the sloping plot on the one hand and to facilitate the functional structure of the residence on the other.
The main living room and dining space are located in an intermediate zone which is vertically extended to the roof from which abundant sunlight enters through a skylight. The kitchen and an integrated secondary living room are found in the north zone. Furthermore, a semi-outdoor lounge space overlooking the pool area with views to the mountain is situated in the north zone.
A huge transparent surface, similar to a cinema projection screen, ‘brings’ the view of the external environment inside the house, opening the residence to the outside. In this way the transition from the outside to the inside of the house drastically changes the appearance of the exterior of the building and the domination of walls which function as vertical screens.
As one enters and approaches the windows on the north side the view is gradually revealed. At the same time the vertical connection between the second and third level is also revealed, whereas the view of the sky - through the roof and the internal windows of the bedrooms - gives the illusion of an urban street with two storey buildings. This arrangement supplies brightness to the bedrooms allowing them to be an integral part of the residence, and connects both visually and functionally the whole residence.
In response to the intense and prolonged summer in Cyprus, the abundant sun light entering from the north and the dispersion of light throughout the house from the roof combine to create a warm ambiance. Openings on the south façade are limited in number, whereas the north face sports an array of larger windows to harness the pleasant climate.