Art School & Residence 1306, Akaki

Art School & Residence 1306 Akaki, New Cypriot Building, Home, Architect

Art School & Residence 1306

Contemporary Architecture in Cyprus – design by simpraxis Architects

4 Jan 2017

Art School & Residence 1306, Akaki

Design: Marios Christodoulides Christos Christodoulou simpraxis, Architects

Location: Cyprus

Art School & Residence 1306

The program called for an Art School and a Residence for an Art Instructor and her family. The small Art School and modest House had to be located within the same plot and had to function independently with separate access from the street. Nevertheless, there had to be direct and safe access from one to the other.

Art School & Residence 1306, Akaki

Photos © Marios Christodoulides

The project is situated on the periphery of Akaki, a village of approximately twenty-seven hundred residents, in a remote flat farmland that’s gradually transforming into a sparsely populated residential area.

Art School & Residence 1306, Akaki

The Art school had to accommodate about twenty students in an open space that’s easy to reconfigure for different groups and activities. Supportive spaces included a small kitchenette and an area for cleaning tools and also bathrooms and storage. There was also a need for a small and private office space.

Art School & Residence 1306, Akaki

The site is only accessible through un unpaved road that’s only used by farmers and the residents of the House and students of the School. The lack of neighboring buildings and tall vegetation means the site is largely unprotected from the winter winds and also from the summer sun. The very few buildings that surround the site are mostly single story houses constructed out of reinforced concrete and hollow red bricks for infill. This is a familiar construction method for the locals and also financially feasible since most materials are produced locally.

Art School & Residence 1306, Akaki

Responding to the remote landscape and exposure to the weather, a high perimeter wall is constructed that encircles all indoor and outdoor spaces.

Art School & Residence 1306, Akaki

Work and living areas are separated by an intermediate outdoor space that can be used by the residents and the transient students of the school at alternative hours. The communal spaces encircle the central yard, while the bedrooms have adjacent private outdoor spaces.

Art School & Residence 1306

The opaque door to the house obstructs any visual connection when closed. Once opened it leads to a sequence of spaces, from the more communal to the more private, organized around the central courtyard. The entrance to the School is through two doors, a perforated metal door and a glass door allowing some degree of visual connection with interior.

Art School & Residence 1306

At the end of the interior corridor that circumscribes the yard, a glass door leads to an outdoor covered space and the more private entry to the school, reinforcing the notion of the journey around the yard.

In the Studio a mezzanine accommodates the private work space required by the Art Instructor. The generous steps leading to the mezzanine can be used for impromptu small student gatherings or scheduled presentations.

Art School & Residence 1306

A commonly used structural system of reinforced concrete with brick infill and exterior rigid foam insulation helps to reduce the cost of construction and also allow members of the family to be involved in the construction process as much as they can. Such practices are not uncommon in small villages where the contribution of the family, besides helping to reduce cost, is almost required. Steel columns that are smaller in diameter along the glass surfaces maintain an unobtrusive connection with the yard.

Art School & Residence 1306

To reduce maintenance costs, it was a necessity to shade interior spaces from direct sunlight during the summer months. It was also critical to prevent direct sunlight from the Studio all year round. As a result, the large sliding glass doors of the Art School face mostly North with very few and selective opening to the South. Contrary to the Studio the house faces mostly South allowing the winter sun to penetrate and warm up the space. Selective overhangs along the roofline of the house protect from the summer sun. Selective openings with operable windows along the high perimeter wall permit effective cross ventilation during the summer months.

Art School & Residence 1306

Art School & Residence 1306 in Akaki – Building Information

Name of work in English: Art School & Residence 1306
Name of work in original language: Σχολή Εικαστικών & Κατοικία 1306
Location: Akaki, Cyprus
Year completed: 2016 (Year began 2014)
Authors: Marios Christodoulides (1970 Cyprus); Christos Christodoulou (1973 Cyprus)
Program: Education
Labels: Art, School
Total area: 1747
Usable floor area: 418
Client: Loukia Sotiriou
Client Type: private
Map: LatLng: (35.13823006742817, 33.12736630450672)

Art School & Residence 1306, Akaki, Nominated for Mies van der Rohe 2017 Awards

Mies van der Rohe 2017 Award Nominations


To see all listed projects on a single map please follow this link.




Cyprus Architecture

Cypriot Architecture Design – chronological list

Cyprus Buildings

L-House, Nicosia
Design: christos pavlou architecture
House in Nicosia
image from architect

Nicosia Residential Building

Gladstonos 22, Nicosia
Design: Theo David Architects
Gladstonos 22 Nicosia Building
photograph : Charalambos Artemis

Nicosia Residential Building

Riviera Development Nicosia
ESA / Capita Symonds
Riviera Development Nicosia
image from architects

Riviera Nicosia

University of Cyprus Campus, Nicosia
BM3 Architecture
University of Cyprus
render from architect

University of Cyprus Building

Nicosia Residence
Polytia Architects
Nicosia House
image from architect

Nicosia Residence




Developments in countries close to Cyprus

Greek Architecture
Ancient Korinthos House
photo : Charalampos Louizidis

Turkish Architecture
Dogan Medya Center
photograph : Thomas Mayer, Cemal Emden

Developments in South East European countries
Romania Buildings
Albania Buildings
Serbia Buildings
Italy Buildings

Comments / photos for Art School & Residence 1306 in Akaki page welcome

Art School & Residence 1306 Akaki Building

Website: Limassol, Cyprus