The Koulas Project

The Koulas Project

Architect
Alexis Papadopoulos
Location
Kolossi, Cyprus | View Map
Project Year
2021
Category
Private Houses
Mariana Bisti
Product Spec Sheet

ElementBrandProduct Name
Wooden furniture and wooden lightingsLovenlight
Pendant lampsChris Basias
Oasis green leather marble (kitchen)Costas Michaelides Ltd
Υellow onyx tiles (ground floor bathroom)D.Tillyris Ltd
Electrical AppliancesElectroline
Lighting Fixtures ProviderIoannides Lighting

Product Spec Sheet
Wooden furniture and wooden lightings
Pendant lamps
Oasis green leather marble (kitchen)
Υellow onyx tiles (ground floor bathroom)
Electrical Appliances
Lighting Fixtures Provider

The Koulas Project

Alexis Papadopoulos as Architects

A residence in the area of Kolossi Castle (Koulas), which acted as an inspiration point for research on the typology of koulas - medieval watchtowers / turrets.

The main volume of the proposal, is inspired by the compact form and small openings of the typology of koulas, consisting of two levels of indoor space and a third level without a roof, operating as roof garden and giving the sense of a room open to the sky.

photo_credit Mariana Bisti
Mariana Bisti

A secondary linear volume, which expands the functional spaces of the ground floor, differentiates as form and materiality, emphasizing the height of the main volume and its dynamic presence. To the north, the living room submerges into the surrounding garden, while to the south the bedroom hovers above it. The position of the building volumes, the arrangement of openings and the outdoor spaces were designed based on the pre-existing olive trees, which were important elements of the synthesis.

photo_credit Mariana Bisti
Mariana Bisti

The intention for monolithic facades in the internal and external walls of the main volume, which would highlight its solid form, has led to research methodologies of construction. The chosen technique was explored with the method of prefabricated double walls in reinforced concrete, without any columns or beams. The concrete walls were casted with robotic control in metal molds, that give a perfectly smooth surface, and assembled on site with a crane within three days. The thermal insulation and the various services, specifically designed for each space, are located between the two sides of the concrete walls.

photo_credit Mariana Bisti
Mariana Bisti

The structural materials of the building volumes of the residence are reflected in the interior spaces as well. The walls of the main volume remain in concrete and the walls of the secondary volume are cladded in wood, a material that has also been used for its structure. The natural textures and the special technical construction characteristics, both of concrete and wood, as well as of the other materials that have been chosen for the fixed furniture, form a distinct interior environment. These, along with the red color of the fixed furniture in the main volume, enhance the material contrasts of the spaces, while creating an intense and lively atmosphere. The selection of lighting fixtures, follow the same colour tones with details in materials that have already been used in the residence, forming a unified spatial sense.

photo_credit Mariana Bisti
Mariana Bisti
photo_credit Mariana Bisti
Mariana Bisti
photo_credit Mariana Bisti
Mariana Bisti
photo_credit Mariana Bisti
Mariana Bisti
photo_credit Mariana Bisti
Mariana Bisti
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Material Used :
1. Contractor: Innovative Construction Solutions
2. Subcontractor(concrete structure): Prohellas
3. Woodworks: Antonis Eliades
4. Lighting Fixtures Provider: Ioannides Lighting
5. "Triadic" pendant lamps: Chris Basias
6. Wooden furniture and wooden lightings: Lovenlight
7. Electrical Appliances: Electroline
8. Oasis green leather marble (kitchen): Costas Michaelides Ltd 
9. Υellow onyx tiles (ground floor bathroom): D.Tillyris Ltd
10. Sanitary ware, bathroom accessories: Sofocles Kyprianou

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