Santa Roza Tower revealed by Atkins
For the second time in a week, we’re delighted to bring news of an Atkins project in Cyprus; the team has unveiled bold plans for an asymmetical 29-storey tower in Nicosia’s new commercial district. The last divided capital in the world, Nicosia has a long and turbulent history dating back to the Bronze Age 2500 BC.
A buffer zone exists between the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot inhabitants with each area developing independently of one another. In 1979, representatives of both communities met to work together on a unifying masterplan for the city and by 2012, the number of projects on the Nicosia Master Plan numbered almost 100.
The mixed-use Santa Roza Tower will include offices, luxury apartments and a series of retail units, with renderings demonstrating open-air decks high above ground level where the building’s users can take in picturesque views across the surrounding mountains while enjoying a bite to eat.
The offices are highly flexible and can be easily adapted to the needs of clients, with the potential to sub-divide floor plates into the number of tenants per floor with a shared lobby area. There is also the potential for a single tenant to take over an entire level.
Hakim Khennouchi, Design Director at Atkins, explains: “As with all our architectural projects, spread across 150 countries around the world, Santa Roza is designed to respond to the demands of climate, culture and economics. It features an integrated design approach to create a fresh, inspirational work environment which is also cost effective in terms of operations and maintenance.”
Natural ventilation is key to this scheme and the tower has been designed with a double skin curtain wall system with the outer skin protecting the double glazed inner façade, enabling the interior spaces to benefit from this sustainable ventilation method.
In total the Santa Roza Tower encompasses 37,800 sq m of space including a car park, rising to 29 storeys on a shallow footprint. This modest footprint enabled Atkins to flood the interiors with natural daylighting and ventilation, the latter running through the floor while the ceiling void is minimised to contain the lighting layout and sprinklers.