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CONTENTS

Academic Work

Kingston University BA(Hons) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 - 9 Kunstakademiets Arkitektskole cand.Arch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 - 21

Workshops Kunstakademiets Arkitektskole / CITA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24 University of Aalborg / Festo Technologies . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25 Smart Geometries 2012 Troy, NY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26 - 27

Work in Practice RCR Arquitectes, Spain . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30 - 33 Sierepeklis Architects, Cyprus . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34 - 37 Kythreotis Architects, Cyprus . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28 - 47

Other Work Personal Projects . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52 - 55 Publications . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56 - 57

Short Biography . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 59

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ACADEMIC WORK

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REGISTRY/ REPOSITORY year 3 project BA(Hons) Our final project asked for a Registry/ Repository. The registry, a place to record and celebrate key events in a person’s life, which would then be documented within the repository. The brief thus set up the theme of origin and rootedness. Holborn Viaduct, a site on two different levels, adjacent to some existing abandoned office blocks, was chosen for its corner location mediating between two levels, that of Farringdon road and Holborn Viaduct. The vertical element of the site and the change in levels responded well to the theme of the duality of life and death that the brief set. The tower of the existing Bath House visible all the way down Farringdon road, would add a certain kind of monumentality to a civic building such as a registry,

and address the spirituality of the union of marriage, without being directly associated with religion. The project thus took the character of an intervention on the existing Bath House, making use of the tower, now detached from the existing office block. This set up the thematic tension of the brief, addressing the different levels which also stood in two different worlds; Farringdon road, a route often chosen for political demonstrations and Holborn Viaduct, the corporate world. The brief which asked for the registry to be de-politicized by moving outside the existing governmental framework and the institution of the Church, and become re-politicized by turning to the people would have its main entrance on the lower level, on Holborn Viaduct.

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Non secular symbol. The tower of the existing Bath House is left untouched and will become part of the proposed project. At the same time a fragment providing a clue to the site’s past and

a symbol for the new intervention. Visible all the way down Farringdon road, it adds monumentality to a civic building such as a registry, and addresses themes of spirituality and the union of marriage, without being directly associated with religion.

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ARCHITECTS’ INSTITUTE year 4 project MA(Arch) The project is for the Architects’ Institute in the city of Sarajevo, in Bosnia. The project incorporates a ‘double’ program, to accommodate both for an exhibition space, specifically directed towards the students of the architecture school in Sarajevo, and an archive and library for the Institute itself. A fascination with the fragment was initially sparked off by the possibility of also incorporating actual fragments of buildings destroyed during the war in the archive. The archive itself would be situated in the site of the abandoned power starion in Sarajevo which was bombed during the war. This kind of montage of fragments is of particular relevance in Sarajevo. After the war in Sarajevo, a lot of houses were rebuilt by the people themselves, with whatever means and materials they had at their disposal. They had to invent and create within their constraints. The wood form the fence and corrugated iron sheets from the roof to patch up a wall, textile and cardboard from the interior used to cover up a window.

This method of construction further becomes appropriated for the Institute of Architects, rejecting architecture and architectural practice as a high art but instead becoming a reference to domesticity through the human scale and human participation and a reference to community and habitat through a layering of cultural and contextual references. These references, possible through the attributes of bricolage, become very important in the process of re-using an existing building in the city of Sarajevo. History is invoked and these layers of history will provide as much of the material for the work as the physical reality of existing structures. The life of a building then becomes in itself also an open cycle of growth, transormation, continuity, change, adaptation, both in short term improvisation and maintenance requirements; and in long term strategies speculating over years, generations or even longer supplied by the entropic throughput of and back to nature.

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“ Bricolage may be, quite simply, the making of things in the full and liberating awareness of how little we know” Irenee Scalbert Repair and Reuse are central to Bricolage and will form the basis for this research. The French word Bricolage incorporates several terms for making things through improvisation; DIY, repair, making do or getting by. It is often associated with amateurism and is as such placed in a strange relationship with ‘high’ architecture. However bricolage is equally about a certain kind of freedom that is afforded by these constraints.

The tradition of bricolage is perhaps one of the oldest of human activities. This tradition became especially powerful in art through work of the likes of Marcel Duchamp, through reinventing ordinary objects and Arte Povera who were bringing together nature and space through improvisation and empirical experiments. By examining the questions of limits and process in bricolage, through the work of the Arte Povera movement and Joseph Beuys, the relevance of these themes will be assessed in the context of the city of Sarajevo and the proposal for the Institute of Architecture.

study of bricollage method of constuction of existing building

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shifting conditions over time passively - actively

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MAKING GROUND year 5 thesis project MA(Arch) The work is part enabling structure, part building. Through a series of moves (making, then sacrificing ground) along this part of Valletta waterfront, the project attempts to establish the city’s relationship with the harbour, reconnect the land and the sea. Cultural, social and historical elements are established and “sedimented” through a clarification of the fishing tradition.The introduction of a weigh station and fishing huts serving the fishing industry, attempts to regenerate and amplify a culture. In the old Quarantine house the new programme takes over. The Stone Repository and Weathering Lab in constant ‘conversation’ with demolition and conservation strategies in the city of Valletta, whilst the ‘recycling’ unit linked to the government plan to monitor and control quarrying also acting as a pilot scheme for future stone recyclability and demolition waste management programmes. Limestone from demolition sites is brought in and tested for its grade and resistance to weathering and catalogued in its current state. This acts as a repository and directory for the conservation and restora-

tion agencies, and a kind of pilot scheme for the further development of a scheme for the recycling of demolition waste, which is in fact reusable limestone. The lab further examines and tries to reconstruct the environments that could speed up the erosive processes, for the production of custom weathered stone blocks for restoration purposes.The erosive processes however are equally important as their complimentary sedimentation processes. What has also been important since the beginning is the symbiotic relationship of the two buildings. The Quarantine house and the fish-market, working with each other and against each other. On a programmatic level, the Old Quarantine House supporting the fish-market but on a molecular level undermining its materiality. The lab as such will on one level be looking at the recycling of stone and erosive processes and on another, sacrifice material from its own site, making ground in front of the fish-market and further down along the harbour not only by the physical sedimentation of matter, but also by making ground for the support of the existing fishing culture.

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Limestone however is a finite, non-renewable resource. This pale yellow colour that the limestone lends to the buildings in Malta is part of the heritage and has been associated with the Maltese building construction over the centuries. At the moment there are no mechanisms in place to reduce waste of limestone. Buildings are being demolished and perfectly useable limestone is simply being discarded.

Olympia Nouska

Demolition

The programme has as main focus the limestone and its recycling, however trying to move beyond waste management strategies to engaging in different strategies for the reuse of limestone. There are three main strategies employed on different locals on the site of the Barriera wharf on the Grand Harbour of Valletta, once a Quarantine wharf for ships and currently accommodating a very small fishermen’s community. The repository and archive of the stones deals with material in transit, brought in from demolition sites from the city and going back into new construction. As such the strategy is one seeking an architectural expressivity of the stone freed from its logic of construction, and one which at the same time also makes visually explicitly the stone construction metabolism of the city. The quarry and lab dealing with strategies of erosion. The site itself being slowly eaten up to provide fresh limestone material. At the same time this new material or surplus in the archive, triggers a new sedimentation of the coastline, to make it more accessible to the small local fishing community. Strategies of stacking and sedimentation are investigated, with this particular programme in mind.

Quarantine Wharf 1930’s

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Deposition

Reuse

Accretion

Recycle

view of site from on top the city walls

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The Globigerina Limestone in older buildings in Malta is often badly deteriorated. The main deterioration phenomenon seems to be alveolar weathering. A model developed for Globigerina Limestone deterioration some years ago explains that the weathering process is initiated by the dissolution and re precipitation of the mineral calcite, which at first leads to the

formation of a thick and compact superficial crust, that then starts to break up. In addition to this, the main weathering process responsible for the deterioration of the building stone has been identified as salt crystallization in the pore spaces of this very porous limestone. The main source of the salt is the surrounding marine environment..

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further accretion

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pre colonial

quarry site

labs

repository

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fish market stalls

weighing station

docking

transformations of area over time

situation plan 1.500

archiving module, structure and crane

elevation studies

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elevation from waterside 1.500

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field - figure “the field is assumed to be more than sum total of elements it embraces, genetically it is prior to them. It is the condition of their quality and the reason for their behavior.”

field - figure “a structure which becomes significant of reciprical action between the whole and its parts. an area of reference qualified by and the same time qualifying the objects which are referred to it.”

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WORKSHOPS

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WOVEN WOOD CITA workshop big bulge

The workshop started with an intense tooling session of the Rhino 3D, Grasshopper plug in and an introduction to parametric design, as a useful means of designing with constraints. The workshop then asked for the production of a wall system made from long strips of HDF, which are very floppy and flexible in their normal state, but become very stiff, once ‘woven’ or pressed against one another. This structural parameter along with perspective the spatial qualities desired by each group

were the parameters for both the design and production of this wall in a digital form, but most importantly its manufacture. Real material tests were used to determine nose the bendability of the wooden strip and then fed into the digital model, which once the design was completed could also produce an analogue output of values of dimensions the weave for each strip to be precicely cut in the workshop and carefully assmbled in the exhibitopview tion space. big bulge

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ENVIRONMENTAL RESPONSE University of Aalborg workshop Performance DesignA cross disciplinary workshop in collaboration with the university of Aalborg and the sponsorship of kinetic technologies company FESTO, that aimed to explore responsive strategies and systems in constant interaction with the physical environment. Each group took on the design and production of an interactive wall membrane, that would respond both to changes in the physical en-

vironment such as ligh and temperature and react accordingly depending on the season and desired internal climatological effects, but also at the same time respond to the manual stimulus of a person in its proximity. The workshop concluded with presentations of the finished behavioural models and an exhibition that followed in Kunsthal Nord in Aalborg.

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CERAMIC PERSPIRATION Smart Geometries 2012 workshop Ceramic building material is a useful passive modulator of the environment. The primary consideration is to control material density and porosity in a tile component, in response to specific environmental conditions. This depends on a number of key physical principles: the ability of the material to absorb thermal energy, the ability to absorb and then ‘wick’ moisture within the pore structure, and the decrement factor or ‘time lag’ of the effect. The interplay between these effects points to the importance of directionality in the cell structure. Material characteristics have been investigated in the laboratory at a micron scale and in the ceramics workshop at full scale, with some interplay between the two. The cluster aim was to investigate the relationship between geometry, ambient conditions, and ceramic composite material in the production of an adaptable, environmentally reactive formation. The formation was com-

prised of a number of installations in the existing space. This work formed the basis for individual design and installation.Two main ideas embodied in the Moisture-shed wall are surface geometries related to moisture paths, and differential densities of ceramic material that allow for moisture migration (absorption and release) on one side and a heat energy gradient on the other. Materials considered are both green clay (simple) and ceramic polymer composites (more complex). The concept of source/sink topology, where representation takes the form of a flow-net, informed the surface geometry patterns. The digital feedback loop was concerned with the data and conditions in the whole room, relating individual installations to the formation. Physical feedback will be much more direct- one’s haptic response to the surface qualities. Active representation was developed toward understanding the ambient interactions in the ceramic material.

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WORK IN PRACTICE

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light studies - tension between light and shade

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MUSÉE SOULAGES competition; 1st Prize RCR Arquitectes This project was divided into 3 different scales as an intervention. The urban scale, the restructuring of the park of the Foirail that will receive the museum, the architectural scale, the form of the intervention itself and finally the scenography, a contribution to the work of Pierre Soulages. The park of the Foirail is a central and strategic part in the urban system of the city of Rodez. The Museum is born within the park and becomes articulated like it. The building is inserted in the terrain revealing the particular topography of Rodez.The park restructured, rearticulates its various neighborhoods and re-situates the city as its surrounding. In Rodez certain squares were traditionally called “windowsâ€? because these spaces as platforms would open themselves to the longitudinal landscape. With the intervention for the Soulages Museum this concept is revisited and reinterpreted and the park returns to offering a panoramic view of the landscape. The museum inserts itself halfway up the slope of the park and thus presenting two facades. From the higher part of the existing park, where one finds century old trees, the museum does not impose itself, it respects

in scale the urban space and emerges only as volumes that filter and concentrate views towards the landscape to the north. At the same time, on a public scale, it marks the connection between the two levels of the park, making it possible to cross the park transversally, form the lowest part to the highest part. In the part where the change in levels is the smallest, only 12 m, the museum once again reveals that through its structure, with a horizontal glass gallery between the core-ten steel volumes. These steel volumes form a rigorous composition of varying proportions and heights reflecting the diversity of the works of the collection exhibited. The diversity of techniques used in the works of Pierre Soulages is translated in the volumes articulated between its horizontal elongation and its counterpoints, the vertical tension between light and shade, dimness. The procession through the various spaces made distinct by their scale and lighting conditions, offer within the unitary whole, a great diversity of ambience that allow for the contemplation of the works, of varying techniques and sizes.

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SANTS ESTACIĂ“N tender package production RCR Arquitectes The project was issued by the Barcelona Town Hall in ADIF (National Railway Administrator) for the enlargement and improvement of the existing station vestibule to 32800m2 and also for the enlargement of the constructed area above the existing vestibule to include tertiary development, a hotel and an office block. The vestibule of the station apart from the clear organisation of function and programme, is perceived as a space of public character. The relation of the exterior with the vestibule is fluid to accommodate for the huge flux of people and since the microclimate of the city permits it the station can remain open letting the people flow from the exterior to the interior very openly without boundaries. The vestibule is thus configured by two principal axis, marking directionality. Along the main axis of the vestibule the ticket sales and information desk are found and the middle where the two axis cross we find the meeting point as a reference point for the station. The two axis that make up the plan give maximum permeability in relation to the exterior, physically as well as visually determining a clear well lit space.

Also with access from the exterior are situated within the vestibule area access to the hotel Barcelo Sants and nuclei for access to the office block above. The reference to rail use is present in the vestibule, emphasized by the flows and direction of the routes, through the expressiveness and materiality of the floor and ceiling. Steel as a material itself has railway connotations. It is a hard, durable material and of easy maintenance with a great diversity of finishes that break the uniformity of the material itself. The floor with its directional structure is given different finishes depending on the zone in which it is found, the walls combine steel and glass giving transparency or opacity as needed in the commercial zones. The steel sheets of the railings and separators act as filters according to location, either permitting to see but not pass, or permitting to pass but limiting, filtering the view. The vestibule as a filter itself, a door to the city for the traveller that arrives, as a door to the train that takes you to your destination, the vestibule an extension of the streets and the plazas that surround it, an extension of the city.

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DHERYNEIA MUNICIPALITY competition Sierepeklis Architects The local context of this seaside town hasbeen central to the development of the design. There are extended views towards the sea, and at the same time towards the green plain in which it is situated. The neighbouring park and memorial, are also key factors in how the site is approached. These two axis become critical as entrance points leading into an atrium. An open space cool and calm with green and water, through which another ramped promenade brings you to the main reception. This space which was also to be used as an exhibition space, can be in use throughout the day with the administrative fuctions of the building, but also be closed off and fuction independently as a foyer to the concert hall for evening events.

The climatic conditions have also palyed a major role here, with the sunward facades and galzed spaces protected by layers of trees and hanging plans. There is also a green roof which serves as an excellent thermal insulator, and also forms a platform over the concert hall offering views towrds the sea. The atrium space, central to the project for circulation purposes also forms vital part of a passive ventilation strategy for cooling. In its function a civic building the proposal tries to offer as much space for public events, both with the independent functioning of its concert hall and multiuse atrium, but also with the landscaped promenade and platform dynamically moving over the building making use of the site’s natural sloping.

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ARCHITECT’S OFFICE design - supervision Sierepeklis Architects The project was for the extension of the architect’s house and the addition of the new office spaces for the architect’s practice. The project looked both at the reconfiguration of outside spaces, with the creation of a small garden shed, an extended porch and more shaded spaces, as well as the addition of a two storey steel structure to the existing house to form the new office spaces. Trying to keep interventions and demolitions of the existing structure to a minimum was

crucial and so precise and inventive solutions had to be employed. The first phase of the project saw the landscaping and reconfiguration of the outside spaces and porch opening up to the kitchen, and the second phase the addition of the two storey structure next to the garage. The architectural language adopted was very inticate and somewhat fragmented, working within the constraints of the existing and bringing together both the old and the new.

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diagram highlighting green routes

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diagram highlighting cultural axis

Section Green Roof - Scale 1:20

green roof studies Landscape Plan / Green Roof Plan - Scale 1:500

After extensive analysis of the site and its immediate surroundings, the main idea developed as an ensemble of gently sloping green carpets, a backdrop of the views from the city to the park. The functions contained within these green shelters, are not visible from any eye level point outside the site. Only when one approaches and begins to enter the insides of the park is the architecture revealed. This is also due to the fact that the main park areas which are embraced and protected by the sloping green surfaces, are lowered in order to accommodate the level differences around the site. The picture is completed as a combination of sloping green surfaces and the tops of the trees that emerge from within the park. The gabs in between the sloping green areas become gates that respond to the various approaches from the city. When one descends gradually to the main park level the sounds of the city begin to fade away and are replaced by the sounds and smells of nature, contained within the main park areas. Architecture containing the functions such as restaurants, cafes, galleries, exhibition halls etc comes to complete the feeling of escape, thus transferring you to a protected urban oasis. Landscaping being an important aspect in completing the design of the park materializes through the planting of several trees, plants, shrubs, cacti, pachyphytums and flowers that conform to different categories according to their characteristics like height, type (evergreen or deciduous), green or flowering, color of flowers or fruit, scents and aromas, crawling ( creeping) or climbing, hydrophytes (aquatic) or riparian, season of bloom etc. Trees are chosen for their beauty and to provide shade, a direct response to the climatic conditions of Cyprus and specifically Nicosia with its hot dry summers.

The park landscaped plazas are designed as a carpet of integrated linear strips of various stones, wood, vegetation and water. The strips are 80m² in width separated by a 20cm infill. The combination of the various materials and uses of the strips, such as hard paved surfaces, soft planted surfaces, flower beds, water features, tree planters, benches, tables, etc gives limitless options in the creation of spaces that can house different kinds of functions. The Old GSP stadium was the first contemporary stadium built at the beginning of last century in Cyprus and played a significant role in the life of the whole island. The inhabitants of Nicosia especially, still remember it as a place where many athletic, cultural and even political events took place. In response to the feeling of the place, a big part to the proposed construction related to the landscape will make use of the existing stone from the wall that surrounds the site which will be recycled and the Old Clock will mark the corner of the linear axis. The stepped amphitheater that connects the open air plaza to the SW gateway to the park is inspired by the original stadium seating stands. The gently sloping green roofs are not only used to extend the area of the landscape creating a habitat to support a variety of plants and minimize the impact of the build areas, they are also used for the numerous advantages a green roof can provide. Green roofs serve several purposes for a building, such as providing insulation, absorbing rainwater, helping to lower urban air temperatures and combat the heat island effect. Traditional building materials absorb the sun’s radiation and re-emit it as heat, whereas green roof temperatures on a hot day are typically 1.4–4.4 degrees Celsius cooler than they are on conventionally roofed buildings in the same area.

Integrated Linear Landscape Section - Scale 1:20

landscape studies Wooden Decking

Landscape Plan / Main Park Level - Scale 1:500

Stone with stone infills

Stone with grass infills

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Flower Bed with grass infills

Stone and water with stone infills

Stone,Grass and water combined

Integrated Linear Landscape Plan

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REDESIGN OF GSP SQUARE/ PARK competition Kythreotis Architects The redesigning of the old GSP area is a direct response to its central location within the new cultural area of Nicosia and its importance in connecting the old city with this area. After extensive analysis of the site and its immediate surroundings, the main idea developed as an ensemble of gently sloping green carpets, a backdrop of the views from the city to the park. The functions contained within these green shelters, are not visible from any eye level point outside the site. Only when one approaches and begins to enter the insides of the park is the architecture revealed. This is also due to the fact that the main park areas which are embraced and protected by the sloping green surfaces,

are lowered in order to accommodate the level differences around the site. The picture is completed as a combination of sloping green surfaces and the tops of the trees that emerge from within the park. The gaps in between the sloping green areas become gates that respond to the various approaches from the city. When one descends gradually to the main park level the sounds of the city begin to fade away and are replaced by the sounds and smells of nature, contained within the main park areas. Architecture containing the functions such as restaurants, cafes, galleries, exhibition halls etc comes to complete the feeling of escape, thus transferring you to a protected urban oasis.

Landscape The park’s landscaped plazas are designed as a carpet of integrated linear strips of various stones, wood, vegetation and water. The combination of the various materials and uses of the strips, such as hard paved surfaces, soft planted surfaces, flower beds, water features, tree planters, benches, tables, etc gives limitless options in the creation of spaces that can house different kinds of functions.

Green Roof The gently sloping green roofs are not only used to extend the area of the landscape creating a habitat to support a variety of plants and minimize the impact of the build areas, they are also used for the numerous advantages a green roof can provide. Green roofs serve several purposes for a building, such as providing insulation, absorbing rainwater, helping to lower urban air temperatures and combat the heat island effect.

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on AA - Scale 1:200

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UOC DEPARTMENT OF BIOLOGY competition; Commendation Kythreotis Architects The proposal is inspired by the fundamental principles of the science of biology, such as the development, homeostasis (adapting to change), the structure of the genetic code (DNA) and interaction systems (clusters and environments). We designed a building that is directly related to topography, adapted to the local environment, seamlessly joined with the area of social activities of the University of Cyprus and grows gradually, based on the principle of evolution in biology. The building is perfectly adapted to the existing building organization of the campus, interact with it and creating new surroundings within an existing environment in a symbiotic relation at all levels of its operation. The proposal also incorporated the possibility of expanding the scale of the building volume and its organization. Homeostasis is the property of an open system to adjust the

internal environment so that it is maintained in a stable state, through multiple dynamic balance adjustments, controlled by interconnecting regulation mechanisms. In this way we constructed a green lung in the center of the building volume, creating a microclimate, and the roof covered with photovoltaic systems. The building progresses slowly from the ground/ earth, emerging as volume of local stone and grows in lighter, sophisticated and subtle forms architecture. The elevation difference between the belvedere and the lower road of the site , enables the opportunity to construct the base of the building as a “dug” architecture. Externally it is expressed by the use of local stone as a hard material, forming a compact shell whilst also through the vertical openings created provides plenty of light and ventilation to the spaces inside.

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RENOVATION/ EXTENSION OF LISTED HOUSE design - supervision Kythreotis Architects A unique example of traditional vernacular architecture merged with a contemporary intervention, which rests in Nicosia. The villa, is accessed through a central hall of considerable size, in the heart of the existing listed building. The substantial volume of the central hall is effectively expressed on the outside by a wide opening and equally by a tent shaped, red tiled roof. On the north side one finds the private quarters, the bedrooms, making use of the existing rooms which are combined with a more modern architectural intervention, with large openings to the densely planted, “private garden” at the north side of the plot. On the south side, lies the more public part of the house, again,

a combination of existing and added architecture, a space which could act as a gathering space, during all seasons, in conjunction with the large openings towards the pergola covered verandah spaces. From there, one can proceed through the large west facing doors and find oneself on a path along the swimming pool to the left. The “path” ends at the pavilion, at the end of the garden, a glass structure with a planted green roof, semi submerged into the landscape, which suggests a life paired down to platonic essentials, a place of contemplation, headfulness and rest, the transparency of which, allows the landscape to flow right through, and bring man and nature together.

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HOUSE IN THE SUBURBS design - supervision Kythreotis Architects The residence is situated on a sloppy site in the suburbs of Nicosia. The design concept is based on traditional Cypriot architecture ; composed of a collection of four singlestorey blocks ; the main living space and 3 bedrooms scattered in the plot and connected with glassed walkways. A common metal roof unifies and covers these four living spaces , acting as an umbrella based on the principles of bioclamitic architecture . It acts as a cooling device for shading during the hot summer months but allows the low winter sun to penetrate and warm up the living areas.Its openings allow controlled sun-

light to penetrate the otherwise closed roof surface and light the green areas between the built forms. The courtyards created in between the blocks merge the built forms with the landscape that penetrates them , creating pockets of landscape that can be continually experienced by the inhabitants. The south-westerly elevetions of the house are clad in 15cm built stone to protect against the harsh sun, while the north east elevations open up to the morning sun and natural light. Strong visual axis are generated by the design of the house as uninterrupted views out on all four directions to the wider landscape .

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URBAN CANOPY design - supervision commisioned project The project was commisioned by Silver Star wine bar in Nicosia. The brief called for an openable canopy to accomodate both for the sun and the rain, and work around that two existing trees as a main feature. Taking inspiration from parasol structures and junk boat sails, it swings around a main axis in an elliptical manner to maximise coverage. The materiality reminiscent of the art nouveau structures of the Paris Metro to give a twist of speakeasy atmosphere to the wine bar, while fully integrated and referencing to the two existing citrus trees that line the street.

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OPEN CALL #3 design; qualified to 2nd phase open competition The intervention negotiates primarily the relationship between public and private space while facing the great need for protection from the sun in public places in the capital, especially during the summer months. Our relationship with the urban fabric that surrounds us is constantly being revised. As active citizens we need to redefine the role of public spaces in our daily lives and to consider how the urban environment can be turned into an extension of our personal space. The intervention consists of circular installations spaced from one another, with the largest at the center and the other in the role of satellite. In each round a large number

of the standing ropes in parallel and a short distance from the ground, will create an ever-changing area. The flexible and durable material ropes will allow users to create ingenious urban furniture of different sizes and shapes, knitting or tying them to the edges. In the central structure, which will be the greater, the ropes inside will be close and thick so as to create space and shadow to the public. The roof of any construction will consist of concentric metal rings which will bind the ropes. In collaboration with: Andreas Pangides, Despina and Marina Hadjilouca.

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sketches: Andreas Panagides

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WOOD WOOD design and build commision GREY / BLACK online magazine Issue 6 focused on the suffocation we experience during summer. Living in the city feels like you are trapped in a waste land suffocated wanting to escape. In contrast to the synthetic materials that set up the theme for this issue, we have reworked the classic coffee-book table in two simple natural wood versions.A dark Mansonia wood in strict straight lines for a more minimal solid look; and the light coloured Swedish pine with more streamlined legs and edges for a lighter, elegant charm.

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URBAN PLANNING AND LOCAL INITIATIVES article The Cyprus Dossier Issue 4 “The Independent Interpreneur� called out for a critical unpacking and rethinking of the meaning of entrepreneurship. Can an ethically considered entrepreneurship act as a form of resistance? Can it celebrate the local against the global? Can we survive in crisis together self sufficiently? Can we reject dependence on institutions? Can we liberate ourselves from socio economic hierarchies, and create something new for ourselves, with each other? These were but a few of the questions the issue sought to address. The article critically approaches this duality of the local vs. the global with particular focus on urban issues, inspired by the theme of the Venice Biennale 2012.

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SHORT BIOGRAPHY Olympia Nouska was born in Nicosia, Cyprus on the 7th of October 1985. In 2004 she begun her architectural education at Kingston University, London obtaining her BA(Hons). Followed by 2 years out in practice in Spain and Cyprus, she further pursued her training in Copenhagen, Denmanrk at the Royal Danish Academy School of Architecture, graduating with the highest grade her Diploma, cand.Arch. She has since become a registered member of proffesional bodies in Denmark -Arkitekt MAA- and in Cyprus -ETEK- , where she had been working for the past two years after graduating. She is currently living in Copenhagen. Sept 04 - Jul 07 Kingston University London - London, UK BA (Hons) Architecture with exemption from RIBA Part 1 Oct 07 – Aug 08 RCR Arquitectes ; Aranda Pigem Vilalta Girona, Spain Architectural Assistant Feb 09 – Aug 09 Zenon Sierepeklis Architect - Nicosia, Cyprus Architectural Assistant Sept 09 - Jul 11 Kunstakademiets Arkitektskole Copenhagen, Denmark Canditate Architecture - English Masters Programme Department 2 Sept 11 - May 13 Kythreotis Architects - Nicosia, Cyrpus Architect 59


Arkitekt MAA BA(Hons), cand.Arch Bådsmandsstræde 23, 1 1407 København K T (+45) 52 75 32 17 olympia.nouska@ymail.com

portfolio  

work from bachelor and diploma, in practice and workshops and smaller projects I have undertaken

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