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description Laboratory building for the Cyprus Institute of Neurology & Genetics, open competition, 3rd prize
category Public
location Nicosia, Cyprus
built area 12.000 m²
Design Team

Stephan Buerger, Demetra Katsota, Maria Chassioti, Savvas Kakalis, Kalliopi Sakellaropoulou, Myrto Tsarouchi


Taras Diachun

Model Photographs

Leonidas Kalpaxidis

client Cyprus Institute of Neurology & Genetics
design year 2018
completion year

The new building resolves issues of integration, access and economy in a single gesture. The scheme instead of delineating a low, diffused building complex, promotes a compact, cubic, vertical and translucent landmark for research located today at an imposed boarder, tomorrow at a crossroads of a unified condition.
In addition to the operational requirements of the programme, the scheme promotes aspects of interdisciplinary research through the creation of a multi-functional environment for the production and dissemination of knowledge. Thus research is not solely produced within the confinements of a laboratory but through the spontaneous and informal encounter and open exchange of views and ideas.

The building is organized in three layers: a public ground floor; six upper levels for laboratory research and two underground levels for research, technical support and storage with controlled access. The roof garden serves the needs for exchange and recreation in a communal outdoor space with a unique panorama.

The square plan is typical and consists of a glazed enclosure, a perimeter external corridor and an outer shading envelope. The enclosure is defined by four bands: labs / nucleus / atrium / labs. The first and fourth bands, defined by structural elements are flexible spaces suitable for laboratories and communal programmes ensuring maximum flexibility in response to future requirements. The core acts as an in-between space incorporating vertical circulation and horizontal communication, laboratories’ support spaces and installations as well as wet spaces. The atrium constitutes a passage and destination, a space of communication and interaction, a place of repose, encounter and viewing in which suspended seatings, bridges and niches trigger different means of appropriation.

The desired transparency and translucency are achieved through a specialized skin system. Vertical, fixed or rotating perforated white aluminium blinds ensure a continuous, ‘urban’ animation of the façade, self-shading and the required indoor comfort.

The cubic volume of the building releases space on the ground and directs the open spaces’ strategy. Four distinct surfaces are defined: the Mediterranean meadow with the clearing, the bridge and the moat, the deck and the orchard. On the southern side, curves reproduce natural forms in contradiction to the building’s orthogonal massing. Between the moat and the perimeter road, the Mediterranean meadow embraces the curvilinear open-air municipal amphitheatre as a natural condition.

Title Year Type Locaction Country
STUDENT STUDIOS PATRAS 2007 Residential Patras Greece
LANDHOTEL SILVESTAR 2016 Hospitality Motovun Croatia
K314 OFFICE BUILDING 2021 Offices Athens Greece
ROLLING GREENS - VILLAS B 2019 Hospitality, Residential Messinia Greece
HOUSE E 2016 Residential Artemida Greece
RADISSON RESORT SKIATHOS 2020 Hospitality Skiathos Greece
HOUSES A·2 2015 Residential, Hospitality Paros Greece
ROLLING GREENS - VILLAS A 2019 Hospitality, Residential Messinia Greece
ONE ATHENS APARTMENT 2021 Residential Athens Greece
ANNENHEIM CUBES 2012 Residential, Hospitality Annenheim Austria
RESTAURANT THALERSEE 2020 Public, Hospitality Graz Austria
STUDENT STUDIOS THESSALONIKI 2016 Residential Thessaloniki Greece
HOUSE H 2012 Residential Corfu Greece
BELGIAN EMBASSY ATHENS 2008 Public Athens Greece
VILLA S 2006 Residential Vienna Austria
OKZT OFFICES & APARTMENTS 2019 Offices Klagenfurt Austria
HOUSE A+B 2008 Residential Paros Greece
MAYRHOFEN STATION 2018 Public Mayrhofen Austria
UNIVERSITY LIBRARY GRAZ 2015 Public Graz Austria
PENINSULA 2019 Residential, Hospitality Paros Greece
VILLA W1 2008 Residential Corfu Greece
APARTMENT BUILDING STD3 2022 Residential Athens Greece
CING LABORATORY BUILDING 2018 Public Nicosia Cyprus
FERANT GARDEN APARTMENT 2018 Residential Ljublijana Slovenia
SCHLOSSMUSEUM LINZ 2006 Public Linz Austria
THREE SPACES 2013 Exhibition Athens Greece
KUBAN RIVERSIDE HOTEL 2013 Hospitality Krasnodar Russia
AS IF 2014 Research, Exhibition Venice Italy
COOP BANK HEADQUARTERS 2012 Commercial, Offices Nicosia Cyprus
6 VOIDS: PXATHENS 2012 Exhibition Venice Italy
LARNACA AGORA 2011 Public Larnaca Cyprus
HOUSE B 2014 Residential Chania Greece
RATHAUSPARK PAVILION 2009 Public Vienna Austria
PX ATHENS 2012 Public, Masterplan Athens Greece
PX THREE CORNERS 2012 Public Athens Greece
HOUSE L 2016 Residential, Research Antiparos Greece
PX SIX THRESHOLDS 2012 Public Athens Greece
DASOUPOLI HIGH SCHOOL 2010 Public Nicosia Cyprus
CASPIAN SEA RESORT 2012 Masterplan Baku Azerbaijan
HOUSE T 2016 Residential Antiparos Greece
FERLACH TECHNICAL SCHOOL 2016 Public Ferlach Austria
OFFICE A 2009 Offices Athens Greece
CAUCASUS CONFERENCE CENTRE 2012 Public Qabala Azerbaijan
SUPERSTORE V 2008 Commercial Athens Greece
KYRIAZI DEVELOPMENT 2008 Commercial, Residential Kifisia Greece
KURA CULTURAL CENTRE 2013 Public Mingacevir Azerbaijan
CLDC HOUSING 2020 Residential Larnaca Cyprus
NOVARA ELEMENTARY SCHOOL 2018 Public, Educational Vienna Austria
APARTMENT BUILDING DP30 2021 Residential Athens Greece