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description office building with public amenities, open competition entry
category Commercial, Offices
location Nicosia, Cyprus
built area 23.000 m²
Design Team

Stephan Buerger, Demetra Katsota, Flavian Lekkas, Daphne Mintza, Francisco Serodio, Mladen Stamenic


Glessner Group

client Cooperative Central Bank Ltd
design year 2012
completion year

The proposal for the new headquarters of the Cooperative Central Bank in Nicosia responds to a demanding programme that combines public and office as well as support programmes in a 10.000m2 building complex. The site is located in the suburban area of St. Barnabas along one of the major thoroughfares of the city -Athalassis street- just before its junction with the city’s main artery, Lemessou Street.

Instead of a single building volume, the proposal specifies 5 cubic volumes. Their interconnection at the base of the complex will house public programmes volumetrically responding to the smaller scale of the surrounding residential buildings while the three taller blocks along the street front, will house the offices and the bank’s Nicosia branch, taking advantage of the maximum allowable height and rising above the average height of the context creating thus a new landmark over the city’s skyline.

A triple height reception area leads to the spacious, naturally light and flexible public spaces, the conference hall, the gallery, the permanent exhibition hall and cafe that function as the focal point for both visitors and staff. The office spaces ensure maximum spatial flexibility and natural light while in combination with the public programmes of the library and smaller conference rooms, serve and promote teamwork. The organisation of the building follows throughout an open plan logic.

The structure of the complex combines concreted slabs, concrete shear walls and a structural steel frame on the facade. The structural facade with the high performance glazing releases the plan and serves as an effective climatic moderator. Upon the fixed glazing, integrated openable louvers provide the required natural ventilation while a sophisticated shading system with rollers integrated upon the structural facade ensures comfort for the interior as well as the continuous animation of the facade.

The building complex for the new headquarters of the Cooperative Central Bank is open, transparent, versatile responding fully to the collaborative structure, character and vision of the bank.

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