Michail Xirokostas | Architect

Introversive Structure

Introversive Structure
Architects Pyliotis Alkiviadis, Evangelos Fokialis,Niarchos Panagiotis
Collaborating Architects Markelos Galenos, Michail Xirokostas, Marianthi Papaggelopoulou, Aristotelis-Rafail Sergios
Architects Consultants Papaioannou Tassis (Professor in N.T.U.A.)
3D Visualization Apostolis Kassios
Mechanical Engineer Consultant Sourilas Konstantinos (KNS engineering consultants)
Location Nicosia Cyprus
Area 9.370 m2
Project Year 2015
Project Type International Competition

Each architectural creation is characterized by an Inextricable link with the site where it aims to integrate, forming relationships of interaction and reciprocity. So it was a conscious decision to systematically research and analyze the site before any synthetic choice. After studying the climatic and topological characteristics of Cyprus, but also of those of the campus complex, the study focused on the topography of the area, as well as the boundaries that surround it.
The principle of synthetic pursuit was the creation of a building, which is harmoniously integrated into the natural and built environment of the campus, which responds to the specific requirements of the students and teachers of Medicine. Medicine, a science that requires dedication, concentration and privacy, conditions that dictate the design of a School with an introversive structure. At the same time, of course, as a part of an entire university community, it must operate as a social condenser that is conducive to the social interaction of its users. Drawing a balance between these two opposing statements constitutes the main feature of the proposal.
The proposal is composed of 4 synthetic options which are analyzed graphically as follows:
1_ In the Northwest boundary of the plot and across all of its width, we placed a linear shelter, which fulfills a dual purpose. Originally a prominent identifying item of the composition, it also creates a partially open air staging area to the pedestrian zone “Belvedere”, which acts as transition from public space within the school.
2_ The space that constitutes the core of the school is the central patio. It is located one level below the entrance and consolidated with it through an amphitheater.
3_ We draw a linear axis that unifies all outdoor and semi-open spaces, starting from the main pedestrian zone and ending at the level of the building.
4_ Considering that a future expansion of the faculty at the southwestern limit of the plot is given, a basic compositional choice was the conception of the two plots as a single space of study, so that at the future integration of the two components of the faculty to can create a united and harmonious whole.