International Architectural Design Competition, 2020
Location: Limassol, Cyprus
Client: Land Development Corporation KOAG
Construction cost: 4 million Euro
AY architects, in collaboration with architect Skevi Farazi, have developed a design proposal for an affordable social housing scheme for a new neighbourhood in Ano Polemidia, Limassol, in Cyprus.
Our competition entry responds with detail and novelty to the demands of an ambitious housing program for the Cypriot society, run by the government’s Land Development Corporation KOAG.
The proposal, composed of a total of 28 residencies, is centered on the provision of multiple types of courtyards and gardens both for the needs of the individual families and for the overall communal and ecological infrastructure of the development.
Referencing the urban structure of the traditional village, which organically interlinks public and private conditions, we propose an ‘active’ street elevation followed by well-considered open and semi-open spaces that extend sequentially through the site: from the street to the private patios of the houses to the larger shared gardens of the neighbourhood.
The housing units are built on the idea of the ‘makrinari’: a narrow and long house typeplan that integrates daylight, airflows, views and inhabitation flexibly along its length. Four variations of this type are created, all with sustainability and longevity in mind.
The transition from the street to the home interiors happens via the ‘portia’ and threshold-courtyards which enhance social interaction while demarcating privacy.
The stepped organisation of the building volumes offers exceptional visual connections and shading. Extending southwest, the development integrates a communal green area with seasonally changing plants, cycling paths and free areas for human activity.