The interior design refurbishment of two listed properties in the village of Lofou has just been completed. These properties are part of the traditional Apokryfo guesthouses, a small listed country hotel that 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.
Vakis Associates studio has been appointed for the architectural and interior design for a new beach restaurant on the seafront of Limassol. The well established relationship with the client has helped create a unique concept for a new style of seaside entertainment. Lightweight timber pergolas and tensile fabric canopies create a play between shadows and daylight in the main pool courtyard of the restaurant.
Vila Rezevici Phase 2 completion
The external works on site at Vila Rezevici in Montenegro have been completed and delivered to the client. Phase 2 of the project involved the constuction of a steel Orangerie pavilion, a 54 metre long Arcade garden pergola and a series of timber pergolas around different areas of the existing vila to soften the architecture of the building.
All the structures were carefully surveyed and measured off site, manufactured, constructed and detailed in Cyprus and shipped to Montenegro where the final assembly took place.
On Site // Courtyard House Progress
Progress on site of a private family house located in the outskirts of Nicosia. The concrete works have been completed for the entire house and the project program of the interiors finishings is well underway.
Green Valley Vila appointment
Vakis Associates studio has been appointed for the architectural and interior design of private residence for a young family recently moved to the island. The plot location is in between two green valleys in the coastal town of Limassol, boosting panoramic views across the entire bay. As a staring point the plan and orientation of the house sits on the plot harnessing the views both to East and West and creating a semi enclosed courtyard-like garden space where the pool and outdoor entertainment areas are located.
The architectural language adopts a romantic Italian inspired form with a central building and outbuildings for the secondary living areas rotated around an octagonal rotunda.
Vila 13 apartment completion
The design studio has just completed an apartment conversion in an existing garage space of a luxury vila in Pissouri. The main challenge was to create a luxurious two bed apartment, fully equipped with kitchen, dining and living areas in an existing space with minimal daylight. The concept is that both bedrooms are open plan towards the living areas, introducing hand crafted sliding screens with translucent patterned glass to allow as much daylight into the depth of the space and at the same time privacy. The use of wallpaper and light timber paneling has transformed the existing garage space into a family home.
Vakis Associates studio is proud to have received the award for A` Architecture, Building and Structure Design Award for the project Art Collector`s House in Pyrga.
The design and concept of this house was inspired by the surrounding landscape and topography of the dense forest area of Stavrovouni and the challenge of combining two briefs, a home and an art gallery (with an extensive varied collection). The clients vast collection of art work almost became the main inhabitant for the interior design of the house and gallery. Framing the surrounding raw nature and exposing panoramic views to the outside were key to design and especially the orientation of the house.
The studion is currently working on the revamp and refurb of an existing restaurant and bar for the Columbia Resort in Pissouri, creating a new concept of an island fishing village open-air atmosphere. The combination of timber paneling and cladding, whitewashed furniture and vibrant soft furnihshings creates the rustic feel required.
On Site // Vila Rezevici Phase 2 Progress
Progress of the works on site at Vila Rezevici in Montenegro is well underway and powering through the tough weather conditions. 5 fourty foot containters have been unloaded on site and assembly of the Orangerie pavilion and Arcade garden pergola are moving ahead according to program.
The 42 lasercut steel arches are in position and ready to accept the timber cladding in order to form the new pergola which sits as a backdrop to the Vila. Additional works to the house include a series of timber and stone pergolas around the exterior to soften the architecture of the building.
L`sa Vila Tender Stage
The project for a large family Vila is progressing through to the tender stages and soon to be mobilised on site in the coming months. The practice has been looking at the material pallete and finishes for the vila, using locally sourced stone and designed landscaped areas in order to meet the client`s needs.
On Site // Courtyard House Progress
Progress on site with of a private family house located in the outskirts of Nicosia. The building design aims to utilise the existing terain to create a terraced architecture with long overhangs creating natural shading and framed views towards the green surrounding landscape.
Concrete works for the basement level and ground floor have just been completed according to the constuction program. A 3 dimensional wood shuttered concrete technique has been applied in this house which has proved to good results and a new aesthetic approach to using concrete.
On site // Pissouri Private Apartment
Progress on the works on site for the interior of a new apartment in Pissouri Bay are nearing completion. The existing 100 sqm. car parking space has been converted into a luxury duplex 2 bed apartment. Working with lightweight steel structures and soft interior finshes such as wallpaper clad panels, the space is being converted into a Japanese style home.
Detail Study #03 // Bespoke Kitchens
Part of our design approach is to offer in our services a fully integrated interior design from all aspects, including the design and detailing of all kitchen areas. Each project tailored differently to suit the desires and needs of the client, wether it be a private house for a family or a full blown commercial kitchen to cater for restaurants and 5 star hotels. Working with a team of specialised local craftsmen we can explore new ways of construction and materials in order to fine detail these interior spaces.
Completion of Anna House
The construction work for the first of two listed buildings has just been completed, located in the heart of the old town of Limassol. The design of the house was mainly based on restoring and conserving as much of the original character of the building with the subtle intorduction of modern interventions for the modern family. The living spaces are arranged around a central courtyard which incorporates a swimming pool and an open living room terrace.
Architecture Podium Award
Vakis Associates studio is proud to have received the award for 1st place for Private Built Residences for the Architecture Podium Awards 2015 for the project Art Collector`s House in Pyrga.
The works on site for the two new pavilions for a gym area and billiard room are in the finishing stages. Each pavilion is constructed from lightweight steel structure which is coverered and weatherproofed by a custom PVC tensile fabric material.
Interior fit outs are under way setting a contemporary safari mood throughout for the billiard room by Thesis Interior Design Showrooms.
Detail Study #02 // Prefabricated Pavilion Structures
The practice has been working on designing and creating prefabricated fully enclosed pavilions both for the addition to existing buildings and new builds. Following a detailed survey, the pavilion is first manufactured and assembled off site in a warehouse space which mirrors the on site parameters. All components are prefabricated, designed and detailed to a high level so that the assembly is as quick as possible.
Once this process is completed, all parts are packed into a 20ft container were they are then transported / shipped to the on site location. This sustainable approach minimises the construction time spent on site speeding up the final delivery.
Chris Blue Beach Restaurant Opening
Vakis Associates studio has just completed the design of Chris Blue Beach Restaurant located on Curium beach on the West coast of Limassol. The 900m² project is a complete renovation of an existing restaurant, transformed into a luxury seaside location.
Designed in response to the local weather conditions, the new restraurant introduces bespoke designed canopies which take advantage of the sun and waterfront site, creating cool and shaded dining environments both during the day and at night. The interior architecture is a celebration of sailing - combining irokko timber craftmanship and fine stainless steel detailing.
The design of the ground floor restaurant is such that it enables the future proposed expansion, introducing a first floor sun deck which will feature an additional dining area to offer unrivalled views out to the sea.
Villa Rezevici Phase 2 Continued
The studio is currently wokring on the Phase 2 works for the Villa Rezevici in Montenegro. The design of a new summerhouse in the style of an orangerie and the insertion of a steel pergola which runs along the landscaped terraces of the site. We have also been working with local steel workers on lasercut mockups and model studies for the structure of the pergolas.
Other works include the extension of the villas main entrance and external terraced areas to create an architectural language which ties the whole project together.
Seaside Vila Phase 2 Works
The works on Phase 2 for the Seaside Vila in Peyia, Paphos, have started on site. These include the design and construction of 2 pavilions, a gym space and an entertainment/bar area, which overlook the main pool and offer panoramic views to the sea. Each pavilion is constructued from a lightweight steel structure which is coverered and weatherproofed by custom PVC tensile fabric material.
Detail Study #01 // Energy Efficient Spaces
The double skin facade used in this building consists of two skins of double glazing with a 60cm cavity between, placed in such a way to allow fresh air to circulate within the building for cooling and heating accordingly. In this case, it is a hybrid system which is supported by mechanical underfloor fans that circulate the fresh air throughout the office space.
Long overhangs and reflective coated glazing minimise the solar glare throughout the peak summer months and the entire building is managed by a software system that 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.
All this results a substantial lower energy consumption and the formula of this design can be adopted to other types of buildings, residential flats, private homes etc.
On site // Chris Blue Beach Restaurant
The works on site for the renovation of a traditional fish restaurant are well underway as the start of the summer season approaches.
Custom made steel enclosures design by Vakis Associates have been manufactured locally and installed on site around the existing structure filled with smooth pebbles reminiscing to the existing site conditions at Curium Beach. The new timber feature ceiling is currently near completion transfroming the dining space into a more intimate environment by acting as a sound insulator to deal with the large open plan area.
Pissouri Private Apartment Appointment
Vakis Associates has been appointed for the design of a new apartment and rooftop gym area in an existing building located in Pissouri Bay, Limassol. The studio is currently working on architectural proposals inspired by japanese interiors exploring the use of light handcrafted panels and translucent materials and fabrics.
Courtyard House Breaking Ground
Site preparation is currently under way for the breaking ground of a private 800 sqm. villa, located in the Mosphiloti area of Nicosia.
The building aims to utilise the existing terain to create a terraced architecture with long overhangs creating natural shading and framed views towards the green surrounding landscape. Locally sourced rough cut stone creates a base where the main entertainment spaces are located, supporting the lightweight concrete structure above which accommodates the bedrooms.
Vakis Associates Studio News
Victor Hadjikyriacou recently joined the practice after studying and working abroad in London. Having graduated from the Bartlet School of Architecture and working at Foster + Partners on a variety of projects from high rise residential to mixed used international developments, he has joined the practice as a design partner.
Vakis Associates has been appointed for the complete renovation of an existing beach restaurant and proposals for the future expansion phases, located in the West coast of Limassol in Curium Bay.
The proposals look at ways of creating comfortable dining environments both indoors and outdoors in order for the business to run throughout all four seasons. Material research into new inovative materials such as high quality PVC fabrics and other building materials to withstand the adverse weather conditions of the area.
On Site // Anna House
Construction work on site for a private listed house located in Limassol Old Town is due for completion in the coming months. The final external works are currently taking place restoring and conserving as much of the original character of the building with the subtle intorduction of modern interventions.
Vakis Associates Sailing Award
Vakis Associates studio is happy to announce its 3rd place award for the Ioannidea 2014 Offshore Race held in Limassol bay over the weekend, competing with over 30 yachts from across the island.
Part of our work produced in the practice is inspired by marine interiors and technical details developed onboard yachts.
Apokryfo Hotel Award
Following the completion of the Apokryfo traditional boutique hotel, after the 4th year of its opening the establishment has been presented with the Trip Advisor awards for "Certificate of Excelence 2014" and "Travelers` Choice 2015".
The hotel is located in the village of Lofou, and is desinged as a collection of small listed houses surrounding a central building which houses the restaurant, spa and pool area. Vakis Associates have worked within the regualtions of the Conservation Area to create a contemporary architecture to satisfy the hospitality needs of the hotel operator
Vila Rezevici Montenegro Phase 1 Complete
Vakis Associates, in collaboration with Thesis Interior Design Showrooms has completed the Phase 1 of the full refurbishment of both the exterior landscape works and interior design of a newly built villa, located on the Adriatic coast of Montenegro.
The overall project took 6 months to complete from start to to finish, setting up a workflow with an efficient design team from manufacturing off site in Cyprus, to delivering and finalising on site in Montenegro.
Phase 2 of the project is currently under study, involving further external landscaping works with the insertion of pavilions and a new guest house.
Vakis Associates has just completed a house, designed to enjoy the panoramic sea view from every corner of its plan. Terraced areas and deep overhangs respond to the challenging terrain of the site and at the same time maximising the shaded outdoor space.
On Site // Villa Rezevici Montenegro
Construction work on site at Vila Rezevici is well underway, all goods, furniture, kitchens, interior fittings, and outdoor pavilion structures have been constructed and manufactured off site and shipped to the location where they are currently being assembled by a team of specialists set up by Vakis Associates and Thesis Interior Design Showrooms.
Vakis Associates has just completed a house for an art collector and his family. The residence is designed to respond to the surrounding woodland area creating a panoramic gallery, housing a vast collection of artwork, in the middle of the pine forest of Pyrga.
Limanaki Restaurant Opening
Vakis Associates has just completed the design of a traditional seafood restaurant along the Limassol waterfront for the Amathus Beach Hotel.
The space is created around a fetaure wall which runs along the lenth of the site adjacent to the sea, housing the all the back of house spaces such as kitchens, store rooms, toilets. Thus creating an open plan dining area which is covered by bespoke tensile PVC fabric canopies, immitating the forms of sails on a yacht and creating a cool sheltered environment during the summer months.
"Urban Complex II" Publication
Vakis Associates has been published in the "Urban Complex II" Architectural Magazine for the completion of the Columbia Plaza masterplan in Limassol.
Villa Rezevici Appointment
Vakis Associates has been appointed for the complete renovation and additional design components of an existing private villa located in Montenegro.
The project is separated into two Phases, Phase 1 being the complete renovation of the existing house and Phase 2 focusing on the exterior works, additional guesthouses, pavilions and general landscaping. All interior design furnishings will be manufactured and shipped from various parts of the world in collaboration with Thesis Interior Design Showrooms www.thesis.com.cy
Due for completion in July 2014.
Traditional Seafood Restaurant Appointment
Vakis Associates has been appointed for the full renovation of a traditional seafood restaurant for the Amathus Hotel, in Limassol.
The 900m² site extends along the public promenade and offers panormaic views to the sea. In order to be ready for the upcoming summer season, the project will run on tight schedule with many of work prefabricated off site. Due for completion in May 2014.
Completion of Seaside Villa
Vakis Associates in collaboration with Thesis Interior Design Showrooms has just completed a full renovation of an existing seaside villa along the West coast of Cyprus in the region of Pegia.
Vakis Associates has been shortlisted for the design of a 15,000m² Hotel Resort located on natural peninsula in the West coast of Cyprus. The submission proposed a masterplan of uses, ranging from retail units, cafes and restaurants, a main hotel with 200+ keys, spa and leisure facilites, a public seafront walkway, private serviced villas and provision for a small marina.
Award for Regeneration of Limassol Town
Vakis Associates is happy to annouce that the practice has been awarded by the Limassol Munincipality for the project of Columbia Plaza as part of the regeneration strategy of Limassol Old Town.
Tenders in for Elena House
Tenders to the contractors have just been submitted for a private residential villa located on the outskirts of Limassol.
Myrto House Complete
Vakis Associates has just completed a private residential villa on the outskirts of Nicosia. 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.
Award for Biological Sciences Campus
We are happy to annouce that the practice has been awarded an Honourable Mention for the competition entry for the new Biological Sciences Campus in Nicosia.
Submitted earlier in the year, the proposal is was based on an elevated campus building to house the laboratories for the Biological Department of the Cyprus University. At grade level the landscape extends across the entire footprint of the site creating pockets of spaces at grade level for lecture rooms, cafeterias and circulation spaces.
Panoramic Sea View Apartment
Vakis Associates has just completed a 2 storey luxury penthouse apartment overlooking Limassol Bay. Inspired by marine interior desing, all the finishes and detailing reflect a similar ambience and luxury to that in superyachts.
Retail Complex Opening
Vakis Associates has just completed a retail complex located on the high street of Limassol Old Town. The mixed used building extends over 4 floors, offering doubleheight retail units on street level and flexi office units on the upper levels.
"ΔΟΜΕΣ" Publication for Columbia Plaza
Vakis Associates has been published in the Domes Architectural Magazine for the completion of the Columbia Plaza masterplan in Limassol.
On Site // Myrto House
Construction work on site for a private villa located in the outskirts of Nicosia is well underway and due for completion at the beginning of 2013. Located in a dense neighborhood, the architectural proposal was to elevate the living spaces from the street level and with the use of cantelevering slabs, create intimate entertainment spaces at grade level.
Panoramic Sea View Apartment
The practice has been commisioned for the full renovation and conversion of 2 apartments into one luxury penthouse apartment overlooking the Limassol Bay. The clients love for yachts is used as the concept for the design of panoramic open plan living spaces with marine like detailed features. Due for completion later this year.
Plaza Cafe Opening
Vakis Associates has just completed a new esspresso cafe locatred in the Columbia Plaza in Limassol town centre.
Listed Town House on site
A listed house conversion has just broken ground on site this month with contractors Depcon Construction Ltd. on board. The proposal is the restoration of a an old building, located in the heart of Limassol old town, into a modern family home and the inclusion of a workspace.
Columbia Retreat Hotel
Our office has recently been commissioned by the Columbia Hotel group to draw up proposals for a 5* business retreat hotel in the bay of Pissouri with a brief for 250 keys, including conference centres, pool, spa and gym facilites. The site is located adjacent to the existing Columbia Resort and extends along the coastline offering panoramic sea views and shelter from the strong summer prevailing winds.
Restoration commission in the Old Town of Limassol
The practice has recently been commissioned to restore a 2 listed buildings into a family house, located in the Limassol Old Town. Initial structural works have started on site, strengthening and reinforcing the existing buildings with the aim to preserve as much of the original architectural state as possible. The contemporary transformation will have all living spaces on the ground floor with a central courtyard, creating a secluded swimming pool and sun terraced area in the heart of the home.
Biennale Architectura 2010
Our office is participating in the Cyprus exhibition, "Encounters: a walking movie" at the Venice Biennale.
Vakis Asscoaites, in collaboration with the Thesis Interior Design Showrooms has just fitted out 12 luxury apartments located in the Columbia Plaza in the centre of Limassol Town. All units have been fitted out with bespoke kitchens and handctrafted furniture desinged by the interior design team of Thesis.
For more information on our interior design services and prorftolio visit www.thesis.com.cy
Apokryfo Hotel awarded
Following the completion of the Apokryfo traditional boutique hotel, after the second year of its opening the establishment has been presented with the Conde Nast Traveller Award for the Best Traditional Hotel of 2010.
The hotel is located in the village of Lofou, and is desinged as a collection of small listed houses surrounding a central building which houses the restaurant, spa and pool area. Vakis Associates have worked within the regualtions of the Conservation Area to create a contemporary architecture to satisfy the hospitality needs of the hotel operator.
The practice has submitted proposals for the Cyprus News Agency Headquarters in Nicosia. The desing team has been investigating the structure of todays news agency`s from around the world to create a building which can efficiently respond to the high demand of the agency and its 24hour operation.
Lightweight steal structures and double skinned envelopes aim to repsond to the climate of the surrounding area but also to visually inform the public throguh the use of projection screens on the facade.
Interview with Vakis
Following the completion of projects such as the Columbia Plaza and the Pissouri Beach Resort, Vakis Hadjikyriacou has been interviewed to discuss about his approach towards architecture.
Columbia Plaza Opening
Vakis Associates has just completed the masteprlan for the Columbia Plaza mixed use building located in the heart of Limassol old town. Among our office practices to generate new work is the ability to discover abandoned buildings and places with significant values and to offer prospective investors and close collaborators the chance to suggest ideas for their refurbishment and reuse.
As a result, for the restoration of the specific building complex, we contacted the German company Columbia Hotels & Resorts based in Limassol, which were constantly looking for remarkable places within the city centre in order to expand their services in gastronomy, hospitality and entertainment.
"The Island" , Limassol Bay
At 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.