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Friday, March 27, 2009

Chalkidos Street Residence, Larnaca, Cyprus

Oasis of calm in centralised abode

It was requested of Armon choros architektonikis by the client that the design be that of an introverted residence, centred around an internal yard where water would constitute the sovereign element of the space but also of the whole design.

The natural parameters of the south-east sun and the western air were exploited to the best possible means, spaces were given height and light and also kept plain and hospitable to the art collection of the householder.

The reference to the westwards neighbouring thicket was considered to be a direct factor, it had to intervene decisively in the format of the work. This being the case a compact skin was developed, encompassing the residence and framing the open space revealed on the west. The natural elements enter the residence changing gradually in colours. As for the water, its freedom and erosive properties pierce the skin to a point at the south.

The access is tangent to the curve and the spaces with reference to the interior, while the “public space” of the living room, being transparent, sees outside with a view to the thicket. The internal circulation in the ground floor both separates and unifies the inside with the outside, while in the first floor it recedes leaving the spaces in free view to the yard. The planting outdoors is allocated freely up to the limit of the plot.
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