+ Project description courtesy of Armon Choros Architektonikis
The design for the Olympic House and Park sought to achieve an architectural composition that would give the fullest possible expression to the Olympic ideal. The following three fundamental considerations were addressed and in due course served to frame the proposal:
- The global dimension inherent in the encouragement and inculcation of the Olympic spirit imbued as it is with ideals such as brotherhood, noble emulation and world peace.
- The historical dimension of preserving and reviving a venerable institution of great antiquity.
- The athletic dimension that pursues training of “body and spirit” in equal measure as an essential human activity.
It was felt that the shifts from “individual to collective” and from “ancient to modern” could be achieved by means of architectural transitions deployed in space, and thus be translated, through mediating voids, into the layout of the building in plan, and its dialogue with the ground in section respectively. On master plan the concord of body and spirit was reflected en the concord of built and non-built, of edifice and park.
With respect to the plan the quest for a layout that would express the global parameter led to the image of an ancient stadium. The building is developed perimetrically around a central void, which opens out to the town, calling upon the “external” to enter and allowing the “internal” to be viewed.
In section, the transition from “ancient to modern” is realised through raising the building high and creating a ground-floor void, where the promenade takes on the significance of museum space for showcasing the ancient and modern history of the institution.
At the master plan level, the building is not juxtaposed to the park, but neither is the reverse true. Initially the built penetrates the un-built part of the plot centrally letting the un-built surround it, while subsequently the un-built penetrates the build centrally and by piercing it, this is incorporated into it. This interpenetration and co-existence of built and un-built, of edifice and park, on an equal footing, expresses the need for material and spiritual to coexist: training for “body and spirit”.
The central void, a large space for gatherings, is developed sequentially from the park through the shaded atrium to the entrance lobby and then through the multi-purpose hall once again towards the park. Circulation in the offices is carried out externally so that the spaces be aligned on either side of the atria, just like spectators and, also, of the events taking place within them.
+ Project credits / data
Project: Olympic House and Park
Location: Nicosia, Cyprus
Architect: Armon Choros Architektonikis
Principle Architect: Eleftheria Serghidou, Vasilis Pashiourtides
Structural engineering: Nicos Kalathas, George Demetriades
Mech./Electr. Engineering: Giannos Zempylas, Kyriakos Ioannides
Photografer: Christos Papantoniou
Construction cost: € 10,107,990.00
+ About architect, Armon Choros Architektonikis
The firm “Armon Choros Architektonikis” operates in Larnaca since 1995, by the architects
Mrs. Eleftheria Serghidou and Mr. Vasilis Pashiourtides. In 1999 the firm won the 1st price at the architecture competition for the Olympic House and Park in Nicosia and in 1998 it was distinguished with the 1st credit award at the architecture competition for the Student’s Residence of the University of Cyprus in Nicosia.
Mrs. Eleftheria Serghidou was born in Larnaca in 1965. In 1991 she graduated as Architect D.P.L.G., from the “Ecole d’ Architecture de Paris la Defense”. She continued her studies and in 1993 she received the D.E.A. «Jardins-Paysages-Territoires», from the “Ecole d’ Architecture de Paris la Villette” and the “Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales”.
Mr. Vasilis Pashiourtides was born in Larnaca in 1964. In 1990 he graduated as Architect Engineer, from the Metsovio Polytechinic Athens (National Technical University). From 1990 to 1992 he worked with “Domisi Ltd” in Athens and from 1992 to 1995 he worked with the “Atelier 66” (Suzanna and Dimitris Antonakakis), Athens.