practice/profile.swf Vakis Associates is a studio of highly creative and imaginative architects, industrial, car, interior and spatial designers, committed to designing quality buildings and interiors which are socially, economically and environmentally responsible.The practice was founded by Vakis Hadjikyriacou in 1983 and has established itself as one of Cyprus’ foremost architectural firms. We are currently engaged in a broad range of projects from residential and office developments to civic buildings, hotels and interiors.Our design team of architects, civil engineers. interior and product designers has a wide range of talent and professional experience in designing and supervising advanced and well crafted complex buildings. ./practice/approach.swf Our work ranges in scale from interiors and small buildings to large scale architectural projects as well as urban masterplanning. Regardless of the size, context or scope, we approach each project as a unique challenge and an exciting opportunity to develop a dynamic and efficient design response. We are committed to creating buildings which influence the quality of lives while at the same time we make every effort to ensure that our buildings are sustainable, financially viable, create value, minimise environmental impact and optimise energy efficiency.An appreciation of place is also essential to our working process; we never resort to a fixed architectural language, but work in response to the particularities.We use sketches, models and 3 dimensional digital tools to explore and refine our designs, translating our schemes into reality by drawing on an exceptional network of knowledge and experience that embraces every aspect of a building’s design, construction and performance.We enjoy the challenge of good detailing and the consistency of our approach and our meticulous attention to detail is well known and appreciated.Working directly with the team Vakis Hadjikyriacou is involved in the design and supervision of all our projects from sketch design through to final completion. ./practice/environment.swf Reinforced by the fact that two of our principals, Vakis and Diana, have a Masters of Arts in Environmental Design from the Royal College of Art (London), we are committed to design energy efficient sustainable buildings which minimise environmental impact, both in terms of initial construction as well as future running.Our drive to create energy-efficient buildings does not prioritise novelty over performance and we are always open to using traditional technologies, local materials, expertise and the available industry in order to provide the best solution to our clients.Above all, we believe that environmental awareness is not a limitation to architectural potential, but an exciting challenge to produce a new generation of dynamic and environmentally responsible buildings. Our buildings are based on human, ethical and cultural parameters and we ensure that they are made out of the best available materials practice/studio/studio-05.jpg DIRECTOR / project architectVakis Hadjikyriacou BA Hons, MA Royal College of Art, RIBAborn 19.01.53qualifications:Foundation in Art and Design, North London PolytechnicInterior Design BA Hons First Class, Middlesex Polytechnic, LondonEnvironmental Design, MA, Royal College of Art, LondonRIBA Architect, Architectural Association, London worked with:Rock Townsend, architects – LondonDale Keller, architects – AthensTT Consult, architects – BangkokFoster and Partners, architects - LondonDIRECTOR / Interior and Environmental designerDiana C Hope BA Hons, MA Royal College of ArtQualifications:Foundation in Art and Design, Manchester Polytechnic, UKInterior Design BA Hons First Class, Manchester Polytechnic, UKEnvironmental Design, MA, Royal College of Art, London worked with:McNeil Jones, graphic designers – LondonMichael Squire , architects – LondonRogers Stirk Harbour , architects - London practice/studio.swf The Team at Vakis Associates is made of architects, industrial, car, interior and spatial designers.The studio is located in a privately owned listed building in the old town of Limassol, at 207 St Andrews Street. In 2009 a new annex was built to the rear of the property to accommodate the expanding architectural and design practice. Columbia Plaza, old town, Limassol mixed use&restaurants&commercial Columbia Plaza, old town, Limassol, 2009This complex of buildings was built in the 1960’s as a car showroom, office, service garage and spare parts depot by the Cyprus agent for Rootes, Singer products and Hillman and Humber cars. The project is situated in the old town in an area which has become the centre of nightlife, full of bars and restaurants. The conversion and extension houses two restaurants, one club/piano bar, multi purpose conference centre, shops, 12 individual maisonettes and indoor parking for 100 cars. While maintaining its 60’s look the building has been transformed into a contemporary centre which has become the new focal/reference point for the town. The existing concrete structure was completely stripped and reinforced with a complex steel structure.
Annex Building, Columbia Shipmanagement, Limassol offices Annex Building, Columbia Shipmanagement, Limassol, 2008Low energy consumption and carbon emissions were the main considerations in the design of this two storey office building on pilotis.The south facing elevation is made up of two walls of double glazing with a 60cm cavity through which circulates fresh air, heating and cooling the building accordingly. The 2 floors of office space are linear in plan providing the staff with natural light and views of the city and port. The long overhangs to the south shade the building from direct sunlight and reflected light reduces the use of artificial light and hence airconditioning costs. To maintain optimum efficiency a building management software system regulates the flow of air through the cavity, the angle of the shading louvres and heating/cooling of the interior according to the climatic conditions. The structure is reinforced concrete, all services are accommodated in the raised floor construction. Myrto house, Tseri, Nicosia residential Myrto house, Tseri, Nicosia, 2011This is an exercise to make this two storey building appear as a single storey by placing the first floor on top of a ground floor stone plinth on the street side, hiding all ground floor activities. At the same time extensive shaded glazing on the garden and pool side is creating a horizontal void directly connecting and unifying the indoors with the outdoors. The combination of the heavy stone base and the continuous glazing makes the curved concrete structure on the first floor appear to be floating. The elevated site has unobstructed views to the Pentedaktylos mountains during the day and the lights of Nicosia town at night. The open space between the guest bedroom and living room creates a sheltered outdoor sitting area with an open fire. The plan is linear and all rooms share the same stunning views. Architect's house, Ayios Tychonas, Limassol residential Architect's house, Ayios Tychonas, Limassol, 2005360 degree views dominate this hilltop site which enjoys wind and sun from all directions, four very different seasons, sunrises and sunsets and biblical-like thunderstorms. 50m long by 10 metres deep rooms and spaces line up to share views to the north and the south with floor to ceiling glazing. This house has two ground floors; bedrooms, garage service rooms, gym/spa on the lower ground floor with views to the sea over the lower garden and living areas, kitchen, study, master bedroom on the upper ground floor with views to the sea over the terrace, the 28m long lap pool and upper garden. Long overhangs shade the interior and the linear pool humidifies and refreshes the dry hot breezes that waft the terrace and the living areas. The massive stones protect and retain the mountain from erosion and give the house a cliff edge dimension. During summer internal skylight windows open automatically allowing air to circulate minimising the use of mechanical cooling and in the winter underfloor heating is assisted with solar gain from the solar panels on the roof and the lower sun path penetrating the interior. Floor to ceiling doors open and close the restaurant-like kitchen counter from the living areas. All furnishings by Thesis
Columbia Pissouri Beachresort, Pissouri hotels Columbia Pissouri Beachresort, Pissouri, 2003Monasteries are the largest traditional structures to be built in rural Cyprus during the last 200 years and this building type with the main church in the centre surrounded by cloisters, cells and service buildings became the starting point for this design. The long narrow site provoked a main building with all the public areas to the north overlooking a lagoon pool flanked by individual villas that accommodate the 125 rooms. The small village square by the sea, ideal for outdoor functions, is created by the juxtaposition of the small church, the taverna and bar. Local materials were used extensively in order to visually blend the buildings with the surroundings. The outdoor/indoor 90m long pool is divided by large custom made stainless steel doors which open according to the weather conditions. All furnishings by Thesis
./projects/big/04 beach resort/beachresort-01.jpg ./projects/big/04 beach resort/beachresort-01.jpg The Island, Limassol Bay mixed use&restaurants&civic and cultural The Island, Limassol Bayproject under studyLimassol is on the southern coast of Cyprus and enjoys the reputation of a fun holiday destination for both locals and tourists. The town shoreline has dramatically improved in the last five years and the town has benefitted from several civil and public infrastructure projects.This proposal for a small ‘island’ 300m offshore will offer the town a new dimension and will reinforce the maritime nature of the town. The new platform will accommodate a restaurant, cafeteria, a venue centre for private and civic functions, a marine biology institute that will offer research studies related to Cyprus and a weather and rescue control tower to monitor the ever expanding pleasure craft traffic in the bay. A water break will protect the visitor yacht moorings. An elevated pedestrian bridge connects the shore and the proposed parking area with the roof terrace on the island which leads to ramps, lifts and stairs that descend to sea level. Apokryfo Hotel, Lofou Village hotels&restaurants&renovation Apokryfo Hotel, Lofou Village, 2009Over the years Vakis Associates has completed many in house projects; office interiors for our studio, furniture showrooms for our interior design retail store THESIS, a private house and more recently the Apokryfo hotel. This small listed country hotel has been created out of a cluster of old stone buildings which have been extensively renovated to accommodate rooms, houses, a restaurant, spa, seminar room, wine cellar, outdoor pool and roof terrace. Due to the nature of the project we were able to play and experiment freely with the design, creating unique architectural details and individual interiors.
Lawyers' offices, Limassol offices Lawyers' offices, Limassol, 2007This office building is designed to the requirements of a lawyers office on a small plot of land with restricted south orientated views to the seafront just three blocks away. To the south long deep balconies are acting as sun shades for the floor to ceiling glazing. Custom made screens out at aluminium louvers shade and protect the interior from the morning and afternoon sun. The main entrance lobby, the elevator and escape stairs are located to the north side of the building and are approached through a shaded pilotis on the ground floor. A penthouse apartment was designed to be used as a place to rest for the senior partners. Art Collector's House, Pyrga residential Art Collector's House, Pyrga, 2012in collaboration with the architect owner of the house Nicos PattichisThis house, situated in 20 acres of woodland, is a home for a young family and their extensive art collection. It is more of a gallery with some living space within it rather than the other way around. Long overhangs shade the south facing building, with the Stavrovouni mountain as the focal point. To enjoy the pine forest within the plot and the panoramic mountain views, the study/library is placed in a tube like structure, just like a camera lens or a canon, on the top of the building on a shifted axis pointing towards the views. To add to the drama, the bedroom area is detached and explores shapes such as vaults and domes, reinforcing the geographic middle eastern location of the building. This is a purpose built house to live, enjoy, play and party. Panoramic House, Pyrgos, Limassol residential Panoramic House, Pyrgos, Limassol, 2004This is one of a series of linear plan type houses that have been designed by our office which all share the same southerly seaview orientation and elevated location. All the rooms are connected in a chain-like fashion and share the same view. The client's preference for a clay tiled sloping roof influenced the design of the angled side stone walls constructed out of local stone which appear to sink into the ground. For the garden area we designed a Mediterranean landscape and a new state of the art tennis court and pavilion. All interior design and furniture was supplied by Thesis.
Le Meridien Residences, Limassol, 2008 residential Le Meridien Residences, Limassol, 2008project under studyThis coastal site is adjacent to the Lamate Meridien hotel and the planned luxury villas, when sold, are to be serviced and maintained by the resort with full hotel facilities. The 5 houses are elevated and juxtaposed in order to achieve maximum sea views, the plans are similar with minor differences to suit their orientation and size of plot. Local sustainable materials were used with modern construction and composition methods. The open plan interior extend into the garden with the waterfall and pool. The flat roofs of the buildings were designed as bar/barbecue areas with uninterrupted views to the sea.
Steak House, Columbia Plaza, Limassol restaurants Steak House, Columbia Plaza, Limassol, 2009Within the Columbia Plaza we created a 'fine dining' restaurant for approximately 200 persons. The five metre high ceiling is painted in a velvet tango red colour and within it the oval voids accommodate all the electrical and mechanical services, the frame and structure of the building is reinforced concrete and steel. The welcome bar and grill kitchen are open to the restaurant and 5m tall dividing doors separate the outdoor garden and smoking area from the main restaurant. The floor is made out of saw-cut oak and treated in four different ways in order to give the space an individual character, lighting effects were carefully considered so that daylight and artificial light is filtered through the multicoloured glazing giving the interior a warm atmosphere. A long pool divides the interior from the outdoor shaded piazza. The car showrooms’ previous life is celebrated by incorporating the original revolving platform into the design on which sits the focal point of the restaurant:, a 1960’s Humber. All furnishings by Thesis.
Antithesis Coffeeshop, 201, St, Andrews’ Street, Limassol. 2006 restaurants&renovation&mixed use Antithesis Coffeeshop, 201, St, Andrew's Street, Limassol. 2006Antithesis is located in a listed merchants’ store in the old town of Limassol and is part of the Thesis chain of interior design showrooms. In true ‘kafeneon’ tradition this project aims to provide both customers and passers by with a relaxed atmosphere within the showroom serving coffee, wine, small snacks, cakes and a large range of books to buy or just to read, as well as TV, backgammon and daily newspapers. The stone walls are washed in coloured light from floor trenches and instead of pictures, books are hung on the walls for display.
Amathusia Residence, Limassol residential Amathusia Residences, Limassolproject under studyThis is a study for four houses on the ancient Amathus hill with unobstructed sea views. This is a speculative development. All houses share a linear plan with every room enjoying cliff edge sea views. Local stone, fair faced concrete and glass are the main building materials. Traditional stone building techniques on the ground floor walls connect the buildings with its historic location.
Pine house, Pareklisha residential Pine house, Pareklisha, 2001This is the first in a series of linear house case studies to follow. To escape the density of town living and the suburban compromise clients increasingly prefer to live in the open counrtyside with good views towards the sea. To provide each room with a view we developed a linear plan in which the main spaces are linked side by side in a chain like fashion with uninterrupted glazing and long deep overhangs providing cool shading. The swimming pool is placed parallel to the house to add humidity to the prevailing hot southwest winds which then cool the interior. A continuous lateral staircase from the basement garage to the top floor via the ground floor acts as an air shaft with openable skylights allowing the air to circulate. The determination to maintain the existing pine forest strongly influenced the design of this house and garden. Parliament Building, Nicosia Competition (Third Prize) civic and cultural&competitions Parliament Building Competition (Third Prize), 1995competition entry in collaboration with Kostas Koutsoftides ArchitectsSince the Independence in 1960, the Cyprus Parliament has been housed in an old converted building unsuited for its use. A site for a new Parliament building in the centre of Nicosia was chosen for an international competition. During our study we anticiated that antiquities would be lying under the site and in order to exploit and incorporate the unearthed findings in the design a large void was left under the Parliament Council Chamber. Office spaces, reception areas and committee chambers were designed in a plinth-like structure that supported the dish of the circular Parliament Chamber. The civic nature of the building was reinforced with an open square in front of the main entrance, extending on the other side of the new Parliament avenue giving the building the deserved breathing space for the symbolic and historic role of celebrating democracy. University Masterplan, nicosia, competition entry sports and leisure&civic and cultural&competitions University masterplan, Aglantzia, Nicosia competition entry 1993This is a first stage conceptual plan for the master plan of the newly established University of Cyprus in Nicosia. The site is on the border line with the northern occupied area and offers very little green or views. Our design avoided the use of any grid, instead land and free shapes reflecting the surrounding hill sides were used giving the campus a more relaxed and flexible layout. A small manmade lake collects all rain and storm water to help the new green landscape. Local stone widely used in the Venetian parts of old Nicosia is used to create retaining walls and as a go between material connecting the modern new buildings to the rural featurless and colourless site. Forest House, Kornos residential Forest House, Kornos, 2012This site was chosen for its lush forest location and because of its equidistant position from Limassol and Nicosia where the parents of this couple live. The planning zone for this area has a very low plot co-efficiency ratio so the house, with the exception of the study, is single storey with semi open pergolas shading the building. The office structure on the roof acts like a bridge connecting the house to the street. Electricity Authority offices, competition entry offices&civic and cultural&competitions Electricity Authority regional headquarters, 1994competition entryThis competition entry for the regional head office of the Cyprus Electricity Authority in Nicosia shares its site with the existing office that had to be maintained, restored and combined within the new proposal. Our proposal addressed the corner with a rounded facade, the landmark tower and antenna symbolise the technical services offered by the authority. Floor to ceiling glazing is used in preference to curtain walling and the linear south facing balconies provide easy cleaning access while at the same time shading and cooling the building. Both the existing and the new building share the same materials and orientation making both buildings appear as one. San Marzano restaurant, Larnaca, 2009 restaurants&renovation San Marzano restaurant, Larnaca, 2009San Marzano is a franchised branch of Pizza Express restaurants. This restaurant was designed within a listed building and strict conservation regulations had to be followed. The facade elevations remained unchanged with minimal graphics and glazing. Structural internal stone walls were removed and replaced with double steel structural beams creating a double height open plan space, electrics are concealed with removable acoustic wooden panelling. The wine collection is displayed at the entrance in a glazed wine cellar. All furnishings supplied by THESIS
San Marzano, Diagoras Street, Nicosia, 2001 restaurants San Marzano, Diagoras Street, Nicosia, 2001San Marzano is a franchise chain of pizza/pasta restaurants. This 2 storey existing building lacked outdoor space for summer dining and a third floor was added together with service and public lifts linking it to the other floors. The fully glazed roof mechanically opens converting the top floor into an outdoor roof garden. The existing concrete structure was reinforced to meet present earthquake regulations with steel decking and I beam sections. Columbia Retreat, Pissouri hotels Columbia Retreat, Pissouriproject under studyThe involvement of our client in the hotel industry began with the running of an old existing hotel in Pissouri Bay which we renovated in 1987. 20 years later, after the completion and success of the second hotel in the bay, the Columbia Resort, adjoining land (110,000 sq.m.) was acquired for the development of a third hotel in order to focus on high quality conferences and corporate tourism. The design vocabulary of this new resort will compliment the existing buildings. The main building is surrounded by room villas and suites which all share unobstructed sea views. The project extends and dictates a new road network, a linear park along its north elevated boundaries, a sea front promenade and landscape gardens with a number of cascaded swimming pools. This new unit will have a further 300 beds to add to the 500 beds already existing in the other two hotels, Columbia Beach Hotel and Columbia Resort. www.columbia-hotels.com Vakis Associates Studio, Limassol offices Vakis Associates Studio, Limassol, 2009Vakis Associates was established in 1983 in an old merchant's warehouse and for many years shared the building with its sister company, Thesis, an interior design department which also retails furniture and artifacts from all over the world. These 2 companies coexisted and supported each other in providing high quality services to their, very often, common clients. Having outgrown the listed building a new Vakis Associates studio was built on the roof of our warehouse and connected to the existing building by a bridge. For ease of construction in the old town centre the new studio was built in a Meccano-like method, in steel and composite materials, avoiding the need of heavy machinery. The high ceilings and long linear balcony compliment the existing building, floor to ceiling glazing floods the studio with natural light creating a pleasant working environment. Aircraft Hangar, Pafos Airport commercial Aircraft Hangar, Pafos Airport, 2004 and 2012For his international transport needs, our client frequently pilots his own jet plane in and out of Cyprus. With temperatures in summer reaching as high as 50ºC, out of the shade, it was necessary to build a hangar to accommodate and protect the plane as well as provide a workshop with maintenance facilities. In order to minimise the volume of the building we designed a wide wedge-like structure to accommodate the 10m tail wing near the door, and the 25m wing span across its width. A built-in management system makes sure that the air is filtered, conditioned and dust-free. The steel structure and cladding was deliberately kept simple in order to cut costs and to facilitate easy construction by the small local steel manufacturing industry. 5 years later we have been asked to design a larger adjacent hangar to accomodate planes such as the Airbus330 for short stays and routine maintenance service. An office and workshop accommodate 10 full time staff. In the manner that large and small aircraft have similar profiles so these 2 buildings are identical in form. Twins House, Yermasoyia, Limassol residential Twins House, Yermasoyia, LimassolThis house is designed for a young family of 4 at the end of a cul de sac in a newly developed area of Limassol with due south orientation. Long overhangs shade and protect the building and the tower with openable skylights acts as a cooling shaft. The north elevation is protected by a stone wall pierced only to make the entrance. The south elevation is fully glazed towards the sea view. The 15m pool dominates the front garden while at the same time creates a micro-climate cooling the southwesterly prevailing summer winds. THESIS furniture showroom, Limassol commercial&renovation THESIS furniture showroom, Limassol, 1998This 1900's purpose built merchant's warehouse in the centre of Limassol has been our office studio and Thesis retail showroom since 1986. When we secured ownership of the building restoration was carried out which resulted in the building being listed. This project came at a time when buildings like this were being catastrophically demolished and the architectural heritage of the town was being erased to make way for developer's high rise blocks. While maintaining its original features and character the building has been sensitively converted to accommodate its new use. Retail Building, Anexartisias St, Limassol offices&residential&commercial&mixed use Retail Building, Anexartisias St, Limassol, 2011This project is a speculative rental retail and office block on a very commercial street in the centre of Limassol. This 5 storey infill building has a narrow frontage and deep blind side elevations. A combination of reinforced concrete and steel I beam construction provides long spans, unobstructed open plan space and maximum flexibility. Columbia Pissouri Beach Hotel, Pissouri hotels Columbia Pissouri Beach Hotel, Pissouri, 2005This 3 star hotel was built in 1978 and after 6 years of unsuccessful operation it was bought by its present owner, Columbia Hotels. We were commissioned to make minor changes while working on a long term master plan to turn this hotel and the adjoining land into an exclusive beach resort. After the completion of the new Columbia resort in 2005 the old beach hotel was renovated and extended to bring the building up to the same luxury standard. The project took 9 months to complete and during that time the 1970’s concrete structure was reinforced, existing balconies were incorporated into the rooms and a steel saddle like structure was hung from the roof to create new balconies. The public areas as well as the back of house, kitchens, store rooms etc. were repositioned and equipped to a high standard. All furniture and soft furnishings by Thesis.www.columbia-hotels.comwww.thesis.com.cy Platres Grand Hotel, Troodos hotels Platres Grand Hotel, Troodos, 1989 This feasibility study for a hotel was on the site of an original grand hotel that was burnt down in the 70’s. Located in the centre of the mountain resort of Platres on Mount Olympus, the 120 room hotel was designed to offer the best for mountain lovers both in summer and winter. During winter the snow can be at times 50cm deep and the area is popular with weekend skiers from Limassol and Nicosia. In the summer the area is more popular with the older generation trying to get away from the high temperatures of the towns ./projects/big/07 grand hotel/grand-htl-01.jpg ./projects/big/07 grand hotel/grand-htl-01-web.jpg ./projects/big/07 grand hotel/grand-htl-01.jpg ./projects/big/07 grand hotel/grand-htl-01-thumb.jpg ./projects/big/07 grand hotel/grand-htl-02.jpg ./projects/big/07 grand hotel/grand-htl-02-thumb.jpg Coop Bank, Geroskipou, Pafos offices&civic and cultural&competitions Coop Bank, Geroskipou, Pafos, 2008competition entry in collaboration with Kostas Koutsoftides Architectsawarded contract This is a competition entry for the construction of the Coop Bank (SPE) in Geroskipou town in the Paphos district. The 2200sq.m site is to accommodate the new offices of the bank as well as shops and office developments. The old existing warehouse will accommodate the bank during construction of the new building and convert into a cultural centre for its future final use by the bank and the community of Geroskipou. An aluminium louvred ‘skin’ shades the building from the east and the west. Bengal Tiger Line office building, Colombo, Sri Lanka offices&civic and culturalpo Bengal Tiger Line office building, Colombo, Sri Lanka, 2007The site is in the high density commercial part of Colombo and to utilise the plots coefficiency the building occupies the plot fully. In anticipation that its future neighbouring building will do the same and block the side elevations and openings an internal courtyard proposed to work as a light shaft to bring light and air into the interior. Polished stainless steel scoops reflect sunlight to all the floors in order to minimise the use of artificial lighting and thereby reducing energy consumption for air conditioning. Balconies on each floor act as sun shades to the external glazing as well as platforms for window cleaning. A roof garden on the top floor enjoys long sea views to the harbour. Columbia Shipmanagement offices, Academias St, Limassol offices Columbia Shipmanagement offices, Academias St, Limassol , 1995This building was commissioned by a fast growing ship management company in 1995. The external envelope had to continue the same morphology of the existing office building built 4 years earlier, while internally a new approach to the office layout was introduced. Internal bridges connect the two buildings (old and new) through a glazed landscaped atrium. The extensive use of wood and the cleanliness of the lines evoke the ‘shipshape’ order of ocean liners and reinforce the shipping connections of this company. Kotani Shipmanagement Headquarters, Limassol offices&renovation Kotani Shipmanagement Headquarters, Limassol, 2000This was a complete renovation within an existing high rise office building on the busy seafront avenue in Limassol. By building a second internal fully glazed openable skin, noise was eliminated from the busy street and solar gain was controlled by ventilating the cavity between the two glazed skins (existing and new), whilst at the same time the spectacular sea views of the bay and the harbour were maximised. Private offices, conference rooms, reception and other services were kept to the north side of the building allowing completely open space to the south which is the main source of daylight and view. The use of wood and stainless steel are references to shipping and the detailing relates to the marine like interiors. Civil Engineers House, Pareklisha, Limassol residential Civil Engineer's House, Pareklisha, Limassol, 2007This linear house is located in the fertile agricultural plain of Pareklisha on a plot of land of 4000 sq.m. South facing, this house enjoys mountain views all round. As the client did not require a second floor it was an ideal opportunity to create a space 4m in height, a rare luxury nowadays. The owner is a civil engineer with whom we have been working together for the last 30 years. Long spans, cantilevers and untreated fair faced concrete compose his engineering vocabulary and inevitably his home. Venue Centre, Columbia Plaza, Limassol mixed use&civic and cultural&sports and leisure Venue Centre, Columbia Plaza, Limassol, 2009This space is within the Columbia Plaza and is used as a multifunction area for conferences, exhibitions and promotions. In combination with the restaurants and club of the Plaza it can accommodate up to 400 people for dinner dance parties. The room divides into four chambers, double skin glazing protects the interior from direct sunlight and hot and cold weather while at the same time the space between the two glazing skins serves as the access corridor for the chambers. A glazed steel structure bridge connects the Venue centre to the Plaza, the large balconies east and west are used for outdoor dining and break out areas. Mila house, Ayios Tychonas residential Mila house, Ayios Tychonas, 2012This house on the outskirts of Limassol is designed for a young couple just starting a family. With the road and the entrance to the south the living and entertaining areas are placed on the north side of the plot enjoying the view of a small wooded stream. The long walk from the gate to the main entrance gives the visitor a feeling of a much larger house. The T shape plan protects the private areas of living, dining, pool and garden from the public road, the summer heat and the strong winds. The east of the house enjoys large openings, the south has long overhangs for deep shading and the west facade has just a few openings for ventilation. Hill House 1, Ayios Tychonas residential Hill House 1, Ayios Tychonasproject under studyThis development of individual houses is designed to maximise views and plot co efficiency to the maximum. The total land area is 12,000 sq.m. with 45m high slopes and the site enjoys spectacular views to the south ,west and east as well as mountain views to the north. On top of this small mountain sits one house of 1000 sq. m., on the east side two smaller houses look towards the sea and there will be a fourth house that will look to the west to the sea The gated entrance and the common road services all the houses. All houses are slotted into the mountain at various levels and their mass is fragmented into flat slopes and walls using fair faced concrete, whitewash stucco, stone and glass with long deep overhangs. Hill House 2, Ayios Tychonas residential Hill House 2, Ayios Tychonasproject under studyThis development of individual houses is designed to maximise views and plot co efficiency to the maximum. The total land area is 12,000 sq.m. with 45m high slopes and the site enjoys spectacular views to the south ,west and east as well as mountain views to the north. On top of this small mountain sits one house of 1000 sq. m., on the east side two smaller houses look towards the sea and there will be a fourth house that will look to the west to the sea The gated entrance and the common road services all the houses. All houses are slotted into the mountain at various levels and their mass is fragmented into flat slopes and walls using fair faced concrete, whitewash stucco, stone and glass with long deep overhangs. Green Line House, Ayios Andreas, Nicosia residential Green Line House, Ayios Andreas, Nicosia , 2008This house is built in an architecturally protected zone. Strict planning guidelines had to be followed such as dimensions of doors and window openings, type of stone to be used, external rendering colour, doors and windows to be made only out of timber, The L shape plan isolates and protects the private southeast garden area from the noise and public character of the street facade. Multi level house, Ekali, Limassol residential Multi level house, Ekali, Limassol, 2008It is always difficult to handle a building that has street facade, main view orientation, garden, main entrance (car and pedestrian) all on the same side. To achieve privacy from the busy main road and to maximise the view the entrance is from the belly of the house on the lower ground floor at street level and up through to the upper ground floor where the main living areas are grouped around a swimming pool courtyard and garden that are placed on top of the garage area with views over the road to the sea. On the first floor are the bedrooms and on the top floor a study and guest room. The concrete frame of this building is used in a cabinet making fashion with various spaces/rooms pulled out of the frame almost like drawers in a cupboard. Cape Aspro house, Pissouri Bay residential Cape Aspro house, Pissouri Bay, 2005On the top of a mountain, 40m above sea level on the highest point of the grounds of the Columbia Beach Resort we have built a house for the hotel owner. The cliff edge structure, enjoys unobstructed ocean like views towards the Mediterranean sea and Cape Aspro. All the rooms face the sea and a swimming pool overhangs the cliff rather like a balcony. The owner lives in several different houses around the world throughout the year so in order to orientate and familiarise himself with his homes he favours similar furniture and style to them all. Stone Villa, Yeri, Nicosia residential&renovation Stone Villa, Yeri, Nicosia, 2007This house of a local brewery owner and his wife is almost in the back yard of the brewery with an unlimited supply of clean irrigation water (a by product of the brewery) for their 10000 sq.m garden. Similar in style to a wine chateaux this imposing ‘farmhouse’ is designed for family life, lots of children, play and entertaining. Dogs, children, guests and large family interact together with the warmth of the stone and wood to make this rather large house a cosy home. President's house, Governors’ Beach residential President's house, Governors’ Beach, 1999After President Vassiliou's term in office, he and his family needed a space to retreat to. For their in-town commitments, they kept their town family house in full working order. Thirty minutes from Nicosia, on the southern coast they wanted a new house that would be a holiday home and entertaining space to accommodate pleasure and happiness. During their presidency the couple collected a wealth of memorabilia and photos that now dominate the interior. Head of state visits, the family children's weddings and parties are all performed here in a relaxed and casual atmosphere. Stone House, Platres residential Stone House, Platres, 1995Platres village, situated on the top of Olympus mountain, enjoys a very cool climate during most of the summer. In the 40s and 50s most wealthy families from Nicosia and Limassol built summer houses on the mountain slopes amongst the pine trees. This small bungalow was converted into a two storey three bedroom house. The deep overhanging roofs and elaborate timber details originate from the local monasteries that are typical to this area. The ground floor is rebuilt from dark grey local mountain stone. The house is situated in dense pine forest with stunning views over the whole of southern Cyprus. Mountain House, Moniatis residential Mountain House, Moniatis 2001This house was built in the Moniatis area of the Troodos mountain range 750m above sea level. We explored the traditional building construction methods with extensive use of the local grey granite stone, red brick detailing and massive pine wood timber roof structures widely used in this region. The interior is kept simple and mostly open plan. The attic room is mainly used for guests and games. Conservation regulations restrict the extensive use of modern materials such as glass and aluminium. Both external and internal renderings were made out of earth, lime and straw. Winter temperatures often drop below zero. Antigoni House, Strovolos, Nicosia residential Antigoni House, Strovolos, Nicosia, 2010The “L” shaped structure of the house protects the south facade and pool terrace from the prevailing northern winter winds. The deep cantilevers and sunshades were designed to allow warm sunshine in the winter and long, cool shadows in the summer. All rooms and activities face towards the garden. The long swimming pool is in between an al fresco barbecue dining area to the west and a sitting outdoor area and pergola to the east. Corner House, GSP area, Nicosia residential Corner House, GSP area, Nicosia, 2010One of the reasons why people preferred corner plots in the past was so they could maximise views and have verandahs by the road side where they could sit and watch the world go by. With our busy lifestyle nowadays tastes have changed and it is important to have more privacy within the home. For this reason we have enclosed this “L” shaped house with a courtyard stone wall. All the rooms face towards the courtyard reducing the distinction between the indoor and outdoor spaces. The attic floor is used as a study and guest room studio. Annie House, Yeri, Nicosia residential Annie House, Yeri, Nicosia, 2012The “L” shaped structure of the house protects the south facade and pool terrace from the prevailing northern winter winds. The deep cantilevers and sunshades were designed to allow warm sunshine in the winter and long, cool shadows in the summer. All rooms and activities face towards the garden. The long swimming pool is in between an al fresco barbecue dining area to the west and a sitting outdoor area and pergola to the east. Terracotta House, Kalogiri, Limassol residential Terracotta House, Kalogiri, Limassol, 1997When it comes to private houses, we endeavour to fulfil our clients’ wishes and dreams. This house was designed 1995 for a banker/ wine connoiseur and his family. The romantic style and colour reflects their outgoing lifestyle. The site shares both the view and the main entrance from the south side, a bridge like structure above the street entrance conceals the garden view from the guest before entering the main front door of the house. Amathus Apartments, Ayios tychonas, Limassol residential Amathus ApartmentsAyios Tychonas, Limassol, 1995This seafront block of apartments reflects our clients passion for the sea, he is a keen sailor and wanted a building in which his family, children and grandchildren could all live in separte apartments yet enjoy being together. Local stone cladding covers the entire building to protect the structure from the sea's corrosion. The street facade gives a public face to the building and the small openings protect the apartments from the street noise. The south sea facing facade has large windows and long deep shaded verandahs. The common swimming pool is elevated to enjoy views to the beach beyond. University of Cyprus, Halls of Residence, Aglantzia, Nicosia residential University of Cyprus, Halls of Residence, Aglantzia, Nicosiacompetition entry, 1996This was a competition entry for the design of the halls of residence of the newly established University of Cyprus. The south facing buildings were organised in groups of varying types of self-contained units with communal meeting, reading, dining, and social areas. Each room enjoyed natural light and ventilation with openings and skylights. The angular dividing walls made the rooms more private and individual. All rain water was collected and used. Geothermal energy and a built-in management energy conservation system safeguarded the sustainability of the project and its long-term use. La Boca, Columbia Plaza, Limassol restaurants La Boca, Columbia Plaza, Limassol, 2009This new concept, colourful, fast Italian restaurant is part of our design for the Columbia Plaza. Cooks behind glass counters prepare the menu while you wait and long high dining benches and stools create a communal dining experience. The steel and concrete structure is punctuated by Alexandra Hadjikyriacou's 17m long mural with themes taken from the restaurant's menu. Limed oak wide timber planks cover the floor and monitors on the walls show events, news and music videos. A shaded stoa outside provides the alfresco dining area. On the mezzanine level a more relaxed seating/dining area looks towards the pizza pasta factory that is manufacturing the fresh ingredients for the day's menu.
Pizza Express, Academias Street, Limassol restaurants Pizza Express, Academias Street, Limassol, 2000Pizza Express is a franchise chain of pizza/pasta restaurants in a contemporary lively and light design. This successful concept is very busy all day as well as offering live music at night. To dampen the noise every available surface was clad in acoustic materials. The hand painted wall mural depicts famous Holywood actors. The 200 covers are spread over two floors and most of the cooking is done in the open kitchen and bar on the ground floor. Pizza Express, Pafos seafront restaurants Pizza Express, Pafos seafront, 2002Pizza Express is a franchise chain of pizza/pasta restaurants, the Pafos restaurant is made up from three separate shop units, the central larger unit accommodates the main restaurant dining area and the open kitchen, bar and the smaller units left and right compliment the open air terrace with an ice cream /espresso bar and an internet café. Dark slate floor, irokko wood, stainless steel and white stucco floors are the main materials used for the project while TV projectors project sports and music videos on the surrounding walls. Pagoda Chinese restaurant, Yermasoyia, Limassol, 1999 restaurants Pagoda Chinese restaurant, Yermasoyia, Limassol, 1999This restaurant is one of a chain of Chinese restaurants. The interior is kept simple with the use of three main materials: dark slate for the floors, walnut wood and white painted stucco for the walls and ceilings. Ceiling fans and louvred panels reinforce the far eastern ambiance and compliment the Chinese cuisine Chopsticks, Makarios Avenue, Nicosia restaurants Chopsticks, Makarios Avenue, Nicosia, 2004This is the first of a chain of fast food new-concept restaurants which we have designed and developed. The office was involved with the concept, designing the project down to every detail, including graphics, logo, signs, menus and even advertising. The small space appears to be larger due to the continuous, long eating benches. The small kitchen is viewed through glass panels,encouraging transparency and trust between the kitchen and the clients. Located on the mezzanine level are all public and staff conveniences as well as all the restaurant's storage needs. Retail and Office Building, Academias Street, Limassol offices&commercial&mixed use Retail and Office Building, Academias Street, Limassol, 2007Four shop units and two office units were designed for a rental development project on a busy up and coming high street in Limassol. Without knowing the future tenants requirements the units were designed to be as universal and flexible as possible. Long structural spans were made possible with the extensive use of steel structural beams in combination with the more standard reinforced concrete structure. A perforated concrete screen shades the ramped main entrance to the office units above. All parking and storage requirements are planned in a large basement below the building accessible by a ramp, stairs and lifts. Maison du Vin, Kennedy Ave, Nicosia commercial Maison du Vin, Kennedy Ave, Nicosia, 2005Maison du Vin is a small chain of wine shops, the Nicosia shop Kennedy Avenue was designed by Vakis Associates in 2005. The art of winemaking, tasting and buying is a task best done in the cellars of a chateau, not in a typical characterless commercial unit, 5x8x5m high with a mezzanine floor half the size of the ground floor. Into this space we have inserted a barrel vaulted structure as a strong symbol reminiscent of the archetypal wine cellar. The areas behind the vault are used for storage, stairs and services etc. The mezzanine floor nearer the roof of the vault, with limited headroom, is used for wine seminars and tasting events. Landscape gardens, Pissouri Bay civic and cultural Landscape gardens, Pissouri Bay, 2007As an office, we believe that there are no boundaries in a project between architecture, structure, interiors, detailing, and landscape. While designing the Columbia Resort project, we were asked to master plan, design and build the municipal surrounding area. This project consists of a new public road, a small bridge, a pedestrian promenade by the sea, municipal services, changing rooms for swimmers and a green park. All vegetation chosen consists of Mediterranean plants and sustainable methods of everyday running and maintenance are provided by the resort. Acropolis Park, Strovolos, Nicosia, competition entry civic and cultural&sports and leisure&competitions Acropolis Park, Strovolos, Nicosia, 1993competition entry in collaboration with Kostas Koutsoftides ArchitectsThis large site, located in the centre of Nicosia, was originally an old quarry. Over the years, the city grew around this wasteland without any consideration for a future connection with the surrounding developments. Our design solution focused on re-connecting the existing town grid by creating linear and axial promenades with observatory structures dominating their connections and intersections. The park is landscaped with mounds and water features and the towers will become focal reference points in the city. Karolina Park, Yeri, Nicosia sports and leisure&civic and cultural Karolina Park, Yeri, Nicosia, 2004This is a public green area located in the centre of a new building plot area. Other than just designing the minimum required green park as stipulated in the building permit, we proposed sport facilities, basket, tennis, volleyball and futsal as well as a restaurant & cafeteria on top of the small mound that houses a communal gym and spa area with a large indoor outdoor swimming pool. The park will be common to all the houses built on the newly divided plots. Water from a sewage treatment plant will help to sustain the garden that was planted with local trees and bushes. Stock Exchange building, Nicosia , competition entry civic and cultural&competitions&offices Stock Exchange building, Nicosia (commended), 2002competition entry in collaboration with Kostas Koutsoftides ArchitectsThree concrete service towers support the upper office floors and provide the structure for the long spans creating unobstructed open plan office space maximum flexibility. In the centre of the triangular plan is the dealing chamber which is approached from the under belly of the building. Shaded double glazing skins protect the building and combine with a building management system to achieve energy reductions. GSP Stadium, Nicosia , competition entry sports and leisure&civic and cultural&competitions GSP Stadium, Nicosia (Second Prize), 1993competition entry in collaboration with Kostas Koutsoftides ArchitectsThe 50,000 spectator national stadium in the capital of Nicosia was designed to replace the old GSP stadium in the centre of town. The competition brief demanded a combination of Olympic sports and football stadium and a limited area of terraces to be covered with a canopy. The rather simple layout and structure became complex in order to address the security measures required to counteract football hooliganism. The master plan included the design of a new road system network as well as training grounds and largee parking areas. VIP entrances, lounges and media studios were planned below the main canopy area. Olympic Indoor Swimming Pool, Larnaca, competition entry sports and leisure&civic and cultural&competitions Olympic Indoor Swimming Pool, Larnaca, 1993 (Second Prize)competition entry in collaboration with Kostas Koutsoftides ArchitectsThis is a competition entry for an indoor olympic athletics stadium and an outdoor olympic size pool for the municipal needs of the town of Larnaca. The new building is part of a larger athletics complex within the grounds of the stadium. The concrete, steel and timber structure provides unobstructed views to the arenas. Laminated structural timber beams and lightweight composite materials cover the roof of the stadium. Foyer, VIP and press areas are directly accessed by the parking area. Large glazed facades give natural light and the feeling of being outdoors. Rialto Theatre renovation, Limassol, competition entry civic and cultural&renovation&competitions Rialto Theatre renovation, Limassol, 1994, (Second Prize)competition entry in collaboration with Kostas Koutsoftides ArchitectsRialto was a cinema designed in the late forties, addressing a small town square in Limassol. The ageing listed building was left empty after the decline of the cinema industry in the early 80s. One of the major banks in the country took over the building and transformed it into a theatre. Our design consists of a new stage tower and backstage facilities as well as a new auditorium layout and acoustic walls and ceilings. Some changes were also made to the street facade, mainly to accommodate an entrance ramp and a new box office and lobby. Ayios Dometios Town Hall, Engomi, 1995 civic and cultural&competitions Ayios Dometios Town Hall,, Engomi, 1995 competition entry in collaboration with Kostas Koutsoftides ArchitectsAfter Independence in the 1960s, all the newly established town halls and their various municipal departments were housed in scattered and unsuited buildings. Our competition entry combined all departments and functions in a linear building with civic proportions, reinforcing the importance of public pride towards the borough of Ayios Dometios, which is divided and partly occupied by Turkey. The Municipality ran out of funds and no winners were announced Strovolos Town Hall, Nicosia, competition entry civic and cultural&competitions Strovolos Town Hall, Nicosia , 1993competition entry in collaboration with Kostas Koutsoftides Architects – second prize.Strovolos municipality is the largest town in population in Cyprus which rapidly expanded after the invasion of Cyprus and joined Nicosia. For its equally expanding needs and local services provided to its citizens, a new Town Hall was needed to centralize all the departments that were scattered all over the Strovolos area in old and unsuited premises. In response to the rounded corner site on Strovolos avenue we based our study on a geometric grid pivoting around a cylindrical hall space. The Rotunda also houses the main Council Chamber. The auditorium and Library are open to the public after working hours with direct entrances from the parking area. The dry river bed to the west offers green views and shade to the offices. Heritage School proposal, Polemedia, Limassol civic and cultural Heritage School proposal, Polemedia, Limassol, 1997This small private elementary and high school establishment was housed in several rented houses in the center of Limassol town, unsuited for their use. The new site is in the northern outskirts of Limassol and enjoys space, openness and views. All classrooms face south and have sunshades that allow the sun in the winter to penetrate and warm up the space and shade and cool the rooms in the summer. Light steel construction methods and composite materials were employed to achieve speed in construction and maximum sustainability for the future. Trees and terraces protect the building and create courtyards for the in-between lesson breaks. Electricity Authority National HQ, Nicosia, competition entry offices&civic and cultural&competitions Electricity Authority AHK Headquarters, Nicosia, 1995competition entry in collaboration with Kostas Koutsoftides ArchitectsIn this master plan for the Electricity Authority central offices the project was divided into 2 phases, the design of phase 1 was to visually appear complete even though phase 2 was not constructed. The two linear office buildings were connected with the oval tower that would accommodate all common areas of phase one and the future phase 2 building. All recoverable and renewable energy made in the voids was given back to the building while at the same time the south facing facade and roofs harvested electricity with photovoltaics. Cyprus High Court, Nicosia, competition entry civic and cultural&competitions Cyprus High Court, Nicosia, 1997competition entry In our design we tried to connect our scheme with the existing, listed pavilion building of Poulias. The main mall is a large hall of justice without a place to hide, it was designed to inspire people to solve their problems before entering the court chambers. The overhead bridges connect the judges’ private office with the courtrooms and the elevated height reinforces their level of seniority, hierarchy and authority, while at the same time the accused emerge from the basement to the ground floor, giving them hope for mercy and fair justice. Seafront Pavilions, Limassol , competition entry restaurants&civic and cultural&competitions Seafront Pavilions, Limassol, (Commended) 1993competition entry in collaboration with Kostas Koutsoftides ArchitectsThis is a competition for the design of several pavilions on the Limassol seafront promenade to serve the public. A tourist information pavilion, a cafeteria, a kiosk and a small restaurant are dotted about over the entire length of the busy promenade. The angular geometry of our proposal offers the flexibility of pillarless spaces and multi use while at the same time visually unifies the small buildings. By breaking down what could have been a large building into smaller pavilions the view to the sea from the town remains unobstructed. Light steel construction reduces negative environmental consequences during and after construction. The pavilions can be moved and removed in a Meccano like fashion. Nicosia Town Hall , competition entry (Commended) 1995 civic and cultural&competitions Nicosia Town Hall , competition entry (Highly Commended) 1995This new Nicosia town hall is placed in the historic centre of the town within the Venetian walls. The structure is kept low rise and courtyards were created to give as much light as possible to the centre of the building. A diagonal axis is connecting the east and west elevations while at the same time is offering to pedestrians a shortcut encouraging the public to use the building on a day to day basis. Its civic role is reinforced further with a gallery, a small theatre, a sculpture garden and a multifunctional room celebrating civic hospitality to the public. Local Yerolakos sandstone cladding connects the building to its surroundings and the Venetian walls. Industrial Park, Kaimakli, Nicosia, competition entry commercial&civic and cultural&competitions Industrial Park, Kaimakli, Nicosia, 1993competition entry in collaboration with Kostas Koutsoftides ArchitectsSmall industries such as leather wear, carpentry, ironmongers, printers and others evolved and developed so much over the years in the centre of Nicosia that the supporting traffic and noise pollution became intolerable. The municipality offered a new area on the outskirts of Nicosia for the development of an industrial park to relocate the small manufacturers so that their premises in the town centre could be adapted for cultural and public use. Under the butterfly roof desgn we accommodate 64 units, the gatehouse provides services such as a small office, a canteen, a bank and an administration area for the artisans. Pedestrian footbridge, Nicosia, competition entry civic and cultural&competitions Pedestrian footbridge, Nicosia, 1994competition entry in collaboration with Kostas Koutsoftides ArchitectsThis pedestrian footbridge links a highly developed residential area with schools and other facilities over a very busy avenue. It is an important symbolic gatehouse to all visitors entering Nicosia from the south. The structure was designed to be manufactured in small parts that link together in an organic, bone like system. Suspension rods originating from two asymmetric masts brace and stabilize the structure which is anchored on two concrete plinth ramps on both sides of the road. Pissouri Village Square Master Plan sports and leisure&civic and cultural Pissouri Village Square Master Plan, 1988A crossroad in the village served as a village square since Independence in 1960. Before that time a gathering of more that seven persons in a street was illegal and considered a riot. This regulation left all Cyprus towns and countryside without any squares and piazzas. Our office prepared a master plan and designed a new peripheral road on the outskirts of the village. The central crossroad was made pedestrian and all existing features were used in order to create a geometric link that marked all new floor surfaces and gave purpose to the suggested shapes and patterns. A new staircase linked the village church and town hall with the square and gave the project its civic character. The surrounding cafes and restaurants expanded their areas into the square encouraging openess and social interaction. Seven Seas Club, Columbia Plaza, Limassol, 2009 sports and leisure Seven Seas Club, Columbia Plaza, Limassol, 2009This is a state of the art live music club within the Columbia Plaza. It is on the second floor of the plaza complex and in the centre of the old city. To eliminate and avoid any noise pollution the steel structure and skin are made out of composite well insulated materials totally independent of the main structure of the rest of the building. Sun shades and double cavity glazing shade and cool the building during daytime. Microperforated transparent acoustic blinds cover the glazing internally and the ceiling panels were specially designed by our office and were locally made combined with the lighting systems and the loudspeaker configuration. The 200 person club has also within it a 15 person cinema and a cigar lounge. The low oval bar in the centre offers drinks without obstracting the elevated stage.
Pharmacy, Franklin Roosevelt, Limassol, 2004 commercial Pharmacy, Franklin Roosevelt, Limassol, 2004All medicine prescribed in the pharmacy is categorised and protected behind a labelled frosted glass screen. Easily identifiable and clutter free, it creates a clean calm interior for the clients in need of medicine and care. The retail part of the shop is easily and freely accessible to the shopper. All Saints Chapel, Columbia Beachresort, Pissouri civic and cultural All Saints Chapel, Columbia Beachresort, PissouriAs the name suggests, this small church, located in the grounds of a hotel tries to keep All Saints happy. With the increasing demand for weddings and baptisms at resorts such as Columbia Hotel in Pissouri, we were asked to design a small church where these events could be celebrated. We invited a local artist and friend, the late John Corbidge, to collaborate in making this small chapel into a work of art, with no boundaries between religion, architecture and art. The final work is a new dimension in iconography, an explosion of colour. ‘O Lord how much blue you use so that we cannot see you’ Odysseas Elytis San Marzano restaurant, Glyfada, Athens, 2005 restaurants&renovation San Marzano restaurant, Glyfada, Athens, 2005The San Marzano restaurant in Athens is situated on the ground floor of a 50’s housing block. The interior is based on an open kitchen so all the cooking is seen by the customers. The top floor is used mainly for private parties and the outdoor summer deck is shaded by a tall aluminium canopy. City apartment block, Ayia Fyla, Limassol, 2010 residential City apartment block, Ayia Fyla, Limassol, 2010 This was undoubtably an exercise on 'thinking big' on a very small site. The site is half a plot of just 250sq.m. The client wanted to accommodate the needs of his two children, brother and sister, who are both just starting their own families. We designed two apartments on a pilotis on the ground floor and a roof garden on the top. The first floor apartment enjoys the space under the pilotis with a large outdoor sitting and dining area, bar and barbecue. The top floor apartment enjoys the same facilities on the roof garden. The underground basement is common to both apartments with service storage and the parking areas. Plaza apartments, Limassol, 2010 residential Plaza apartments, Limassol, 2010The mixed use Plaza development in the old town of Limassol has 12 housing units that are built above the two storey indoor parking area. The site is reminiscent of an elevated mews street with 7 two bedroom and 5 three bedroom maisonettes. The 3 storey units are totally independent and on the top floor have open roof terraces with a small studio/utility space, five of the units have rooftop swimming pools. All units have solar hot water heating and grey water collection and recycling.
Anna House, old town, LImassol, 2010 residential Anna House, old town, LImassol, 2010This 2 storey listed house in the centre of Limassol is transformed into a family home for a young couple and their children. The contemporary transformation will have all living spaces on the ground floor and a courtyard, swimming pool and sun terrace area. Modern interventions will merge the interior with the exterior through large glazed openings. On the first floor the bedrooms are planned around a 2 storey open stair void which transforms the space into a gallery for the family's collection of paintings. Louis Headquarter Offices, 2000 offices Louis Headquarter Offices, 2000Louis Tours is a multidisciplinary company dealing with holiday tours worldwide and with a 1000 plus employees is one of the largest employers in Cyprus. To have a better control over the various departments and ensure better service to their clients a new building was designed in the outskirts of Nicosia offering space and easy access to its users in a low rise garden level office block. The two storey office is connected in section with a mezzanine floor containing mechanical services, archive, storage spaces and common services for both floors. The two linear office buildings enclose a sheltered courtyard and garden and enjoy floor to ceiling window views, fresh air and natural light all round. An oval lobby connects the two office wings and houses a gallery, conference, multifunction rooms as well as the company directors areas. Furniture and Product Design furniture and products Furniture and Product DesignTo compliment our architecture our team of industrial, furniture and interior designers often develop and make special one off details, products and furniture that are unique to our buildings these are then hand crafted in solid materials. This gallery illustrates some of the special items that have been produced in the last 10 years under our supervision in local workshops. In an effort to sustain, maintain, develop and relearn old techniques in the making of our buildings we avoid using ready made components as much as possible. Sketches Gallery sketches gallery Sketches GalleryThis is a gallery of some of our hand drawn conceptual sketches that have been crucial in the development of our buildings. By sketching we convey and communicate our ideas and passions to our client and builders from concept to completion. Our sketches combined with our in house digital CAD and 3d renderings result in a strong set of architectural drawings that illustrate the project down to the last detail. Dasoupoli Lyceum School, competition entry civic and cultural&competitions Dasoupoli Lyceum School, Nicosia, 2010 competition entryThe school is laid out in blocks that mediate in scale between the small scale housing of the surrounding area and the large monolithic blocks of the police headquarters and the telecommunications headquarters that currently dominate the area. Courtyards between the blocks with gardens and high trees works act as acoustic barriers between the classrooms and the busy surrounding streets. Deep overhangs shade the activities within the buildings which are south facing. The sports ground occupies the east of the site and the library and main hall form spectators terraces both to the sports ground and the internal courtyard. Cliff edge house,Amathus, Limassol residential Cliff edge house Amathus, LimassolThis cliff edge house is designed to enjoy the sea view from every corner of its plan. The design emerged out of a skilful and careful exploitation of the limitations imposed by town planning and building regulations. The space visually extends towards the sea with a large terrace acting as an artificial beach that connects the sea with the long narrow infinity pool. Living areas enjoy deep overhangs and the roof, reminiscient of the upper deck of an ocean liner, providing outdoor garden area that was limited by the cliff edge geology. Simple forms and materials are chosen to suit local craftsmen and ensure future durability and maintenance. Beach houses, Latchi, 2010 residential Beach houses Latchi, 2010A consortium of friends and family are building 2 holiday beach houses for their weekend needs. The two structures are designed to appear as one while at the same time maintain their individuality and asymmetry. This site in the northwest corner of the Akamas peninsular is north facing, an unusual orientation for Cyprus as since the division of the island in 1974 we have been left with a mainly south facing coastline. Cyprus Press Bureau, Nicosia, competition entry, 2010 civic and cultural&competitions Cyprus Press Bureau,Nicosia, 2010competition entry Limassol Central listed house, Limassol, 2011 residential Limassol Central listed house, Limassol, 2011This 18th century listed building is converted and restored to become a living and working space. Later additions and conversions were demolished in order to reveal its original characteristics. This new lease of life helps to maintain and preserve our national architectural heritage. It plays a very important role in the reconstructions of our cities and connects our future to our historic and disappearing past. ./projects/small/134 plazacafe/plazacafe-01.jpg January 2012 Plaza cafe, Columbia Plaza. Limassol PLAZA CAFE, COLUMBIA PLAZA. LIMASSOLVakis Associates has just completed a new espresso cafe in the Columbia Plaza. ./projects/small/82 office retail/office-retail-01-web.jpg April 2010 Retail Building, Anexartisias Street RETAIL BUILDING, ANEXARTISIAS STREETProject awarded to A. Askanis Contractors Ltd. Nov 2011Retail building in Anexartisias is near completion ./projects/big/116 anna house/anna-01.jpg 2011 Anna House, old town, LImassol, 2010 ANNA HOUSE, OLD TOWN, LIMASSOL, 2011Anna’s listed house breaks ground with main contractors DEPCON CONSTRUCTION LTD. ./projects/big/132 limcentral/limcentral-01.jpg 2011 Limassol Central listed house, Limassol, 2011 LIMASSOL LISTED HOUSE, OLD TOWN, LIMASSOL, 2011Limassol listed house breaks ground with main contractors DEPCON CONSTRUCTION LTD. ./projects/small/29 art collectors hse/art-hse-01-web.jpg Nov 2009 Art Collectors house in Pyrga breaks ground with main contractor Depcon, Nicosia ART COLLECTOR'S HOUSE, PYRGAArt Collector's house in Pyrga breaks ground with main contractor General Constructions Co, NicosiaNov 2011The art collector’s house is on its way. Major structure work is complete. ./projects/big/121 cliff/mouskas-01.jpg 2011 Cliff edge house,Amathus, Limassol CLIFF EDGE HOUSE, AMATHUS, LIMASSOLCliff edge house obtains all the licences and work has commenced on site. ./projects/small/115 plaza apts/plaza-apts-01.jpg Oct 2009 Showflats completed for Columbia Plaza, Limassol Oct 2009 PLAZA APARTMENTSInterior and furnishings were trusted with Thesis furniture shops.
./projects/small/51 myrto hse/myrto-hse-01-web.jpg Nov 2009 Myrto House in Tseri begins on site with main contractor GCC, Nicosia Nov 2009 MYRTO HOUSE IN TSERINovember 2011The project is near completion. The tiles are laid in the swimming pool. Final landscape and gardening to follow. ./news/coop.jpg Nov 2009 Coop Bank, Geroskipou, Pafos COOP BANK, GEROSKYPOU, PAFOSThe project is near completion. ./news/germanina.jpg 2011 Coop Bank, Geroskipou, Pafos ARCHITECTURAL COMPETITION FOR THE FARMHOUSE OF GERMANINA IN YEROSKIPOUVakis Hadjikyriakos is a jury member of the architectural competition for the farmhouse of Germanina in Yeroskipou ./news/latchi-news.jpg April 2010 Beach houses in Latsi BEACH HOUSES IN LATSIWe are currently waiting for the building permit. ./news/biennale.png October 2010 THE BIENNALE ARCHITETTURA 2010,VENICE THE BIENNALE ARCHITETTURA 2010,VENICEOur office is participating in the Cyprus exhibition, "Encounters: a walking movie" at the Venice Biennale. August 29th - November 21st
./projects/small/83 the island/island-01.jpg . Outline proposals for the Island project are now with the Limassol planning department awaiting approval THE ISLAND, LIMASSOL BAYAt a public hearing in Limassol, the Mayor and the council together with 4 ministers: Mr Neoklis Sylikiotis, Minister of Interior, Mrs Erato Kozakou Marcoullis, Minister for Communications and Works, Mr Demetris Eliades Minister of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Environment and Mr. Antonis Paschalides, Minister for Commerce and Industry gave their unanimous support to the Island project. The Tepak University and the Cyprus University showed a strong interest in helping and participating in the running of the marine institute. Media and public were present and the positive support for the project was televised and published. We are delighted that our efforts in creating projects that encourage public use and environmental awareness are widely and enthusiastically accepted ./news/sevenseas.jpg . Seven Seas Club, Columbia Plaza, Limassol, 2009 SEVEN SEAS, COLUMBIA PLAZA, LIMASSOL, 2009Seven seas is now established as the in music club in the centre of Limassol news/image2.jpg Dec 11 Architect's house press/architectshouse.swf news/image2.jpg Sep 10 The Island, Limassol Bay press/prima.swf news/image2.jpg Sep 09 The Island, Limassol Bay press/theIsland1.swf news/image4.jpg Aug 09 Architects' house press/architectsHouse1.swf news/image4.jpg July 09 The Island, Limassol Bay press/theIsland2.swf news/image3.jpg Jun 09 Victor Hadjikyriakou, Part 1 RIBA press/victor1.swf news/image4.jpg Jun 09 Architects' House press/architectsHouse2.swf news/image4.jpg Jun 09 Interview with Vakis HadjiKyriakou press/interview1.swf news/image4.jpg Jun 09 Apokryfo Hotel, Lofou Village press/apokryfo2.swf news/image4.jpg May 09 Apokryfo Hotel, Lofou Village press/apokryfo3.swf news/image4.jpg Mar 09 Apokryfo Hotel, Lofou Village press/apokryfo4.swf news/image2.jpg Apr 09 Columbia Plaza press/columbia4.swf news/image4.jpg Jan 09 Architects' House press/architectsHouse3.swf news/image5.jpg Jan 09 Steak House, Plaza press/steakHouse.swf news/image5.jpg Dec 07 Antithesis coffee shop press/antithesis2.swf news/image5.jpg 2007 Interview with Vakis Hadjijyriakou press/interview2.swf news/image5.jpg May 07 Annex building, Columbia Shipmanagement press/annex.swf news/image5.jpg Nov 06 Columbia Pissouri Beach Hotel press/columbia2.swf news/image5.jpg Nov 06 Antithesis coffee shop press/antithesis.swf news/image5.jpg Jun 05 Columbia Pissouri Beach Resort press/german.swf news/image5.jpg May 05 Interview with Vakis Hadjikyriakou press/interview3.swf news/image5.jpg 2005 Architects' House press/house2.swf news/image5.jpg Oct 04 Interview with Vakis Hadjikyriakou press/interview4.swf news/image5.jpg Nov 04 Maison du Vin showroom press/wine.swf news/image5.jpg Nov 04 Cape Aspro House press/modernEclectic.swf news/image5.jpg Aug 04 Architects' House press/house.swf news/image5.jpg Dec 02 Chopsticks restaurant press/chopsticks.swf news/image5.jpg Nov 02 Aircraft Hangar, Pafos Airport press/hangar.swf news/image5.jpg Sep 02 Columbia Beachresort press/columbia3.swf news/image5.jpg 2002 Columbia Beachresort press/pizzaReview.swf news/image5.jpg Oct 01 Pine House press/house3.swf news/image5.jpg 2001 Mountain House, Moniatis press/sunctuary.swf news/image5.jpg Jul 99 Terracotta House press/victorIdees.swf news/image5.jpg Jan 99 Terracotta House press/victorOmikron.swf