Tower 25 -White Walls

The iconic tower designed by Jean Nouvel at the center of Nicosia, next to Eleftheria Square transforms the city silhouette of Nicosia. The program includes 10- story residential apartments, a 6-story office space and a 2-story retail area. This verticality in relation to the horizontality of the medieval walls and the moat that enclose the old part of the city sets the stage for a series of inversions that are characteristic of the building. The 67 meter high building will be the culminating landmark of the city.
On the south façade a vertical landscape covers approximately 80% of the building’s façade area. This exceptional living environment is working like a natural “brise soleil”. The plants will act as a natural sun control shielding the apartments and the offices from direct sun during summer while admitting a maximum of sunlight in winter. This “living “façade” supports a variety of Cypriote climbing and spreading plants and will be continually transformed by the cyclic movements of the different seasons. 400 years old olive trees continue this vertical landscape on the perimeter of the building. It creates the link to the adjacent urban park and gets a part of the scenery of the city. The apartments and office feature indoor/outdoor loggias that extend the living space outside to take maximum advantage of Nicosia’s temperate climate.
On the north façade, the loggias extend out to take maximum advantage of views toward the park and the city skyline. A series of cascading terraces and large balconies acknowledge the Mediterranean climate and the significance of spending time outside.
On the east and west façade the loggias extend in from the pixelated concrete walls façade to protect residents and office occupiers from noise, wind and sun.
Punctured by a random array of openings, sometimes glazed sometimes left open, especially in the garden areas, the massiveness of the walls is negated by the numerous perforations. Interesting shadow games determine the exterior and interior space in relation to the different sun position of the day. An accumulation of voids and windows shaped by a size of 0,40m x 0,40m creates a unique screen image from the outside and inside point of view. At night the wall as a giant screen is pronouncing the inhabitants light needs and strengthen even more the random system of the facade.
On the top two floors of the tower, a duplex apartment is organized around a central court-yard inspired by the Cypriot traditional architecture. Three large shades protect the apartment from the summer sun and emphasize the view to the sky.
The project will push the integration of landscape and tower architecture to a new level and offer Nicosia a new architectural icon that symbolizes the city’s future.

STATUS Built; completed in April 2015
LOCATION The White Walls (Tower 25), Stasinou 6, 1065, Nicosia, Cyprus

ARCHITECTURAL TEAM Jean NOUVEL – Ateliers Jean Nouvel (Paris, FR)

LOCAL ARCHITECTS Takis Sophocleous Architects (Anastasia KOUMOULIDOU, Demetris SOPHOCLEOUS)

PROJECT LEADERS
Concept Design: Philippe PAPY
Studies and Construction: Elisabeth KATHER
ARCHITECTS Sony DEVABHAKTUNI, Nobuo YOSHIDA
COMPUTER RENDERINGS José Miguel POMARES

ENGINEERS
Structure: KAL Engineering (Lysandros KYRIACOU)
Mechanical, Electrical, Plumbing, Fire: MITSIDES SAMOUHL & PARNTNERS
Quantity surveyor: NICOLAOU & KONNIDES

CONTRACT TYPE Commission, full design services
PROGRAM Retail, apartment and office tower : 2 levels retail area, 6 levels office area, 10 levels apartment area
USABLE FLOOR AREA 6739 m²
GROSS FLOOR AREA 10 000 m²




Stasinou 6,1060 Nicosia


The building

This multi-storey building is composed of three basements where the parking spaces and the store-rooms are located and 16 floors with a shop at the ground floor, 6 floor offices and 9 apartment floors of which the penthouse is a duplex apartment.
The penthouse will own the roof terrace that will be designed accordingly and it is shaded green in the attached drawings of Appendix B of the Contract. The ground floor will own almost the entire ground yard for exclusive use and it is shaded green in the attached drawings of Appendix B of the Contract. 

Structural specifications

Frame
The frame of the building will be of reinforced concrete.

Masonry

Some of the interior walls will be constructed of gypsum boards and some of reinforced concrete. The exterior walls will be reinforced concrete painted walls 300 mm thick and the internal 100-300 mm thickness.

Roofing 

Waterproofing- thermal insulation: Light weight concrete and insulation with tar paper sp thickness 4 mm on the roof. Light weight concrete and insulation with tar paper sp thickness 4 mm on the verandas. In all of the external walls thermal insulation is installed. False ceilings internally, except in the main area of the apartment.

Floorings

Light weight concrete screed for ceramics and marble and concrete for carpets and parquet floors.

Paint-work

Three coats of emulsion on interior walls in general. Three coats of emulsion and spatula on interior ceilings. Three coats of emulsion for outdoor use on exterior walls. Emulsion for outdoor use and spatula on exterior ceilings. Oil paint on the metal surfaces of railings. Oil paints in general will be applied in three coats (primer, undercoat and finish).

External works

General earthworks and concreting works for the shaping of exterior spaces. Construction of public pavement at the entrance to the building. Landscaping including ponds, lights, paving on the external areas of the building.

Plumbing:

Pressurised plumbing system for the apartments, consisting of copper pipes with a minimum diameter of 15 mm, sewage/drainage, drainage gutters on the terrace for rainwater. Water tanks with two tons capacity per flat and hot water supply system from central heating system with independent circulation pump for each apartment.

Mechanical works

Central under floor heating system for each apartment. Artificial ventilation for interior lavatories/bathrooms. Installation of 10 concealed air conditioning units (inverter fan-coils) for each apartment, with installation of the necessary piping, electricity supply and air condition units (chiller). In the en-suit heated towel rails (Ridea) are installed wherever is convenient. The centralised independent system for each floor uses water as the mean of heating/ cooling.

Electrical works
 
In general electrical parts of European manufacture Lutron and infrastructure for centralized automation with an i-pad. At least 35 free plug sockets to be included for each apartment and six television points. Alarm system, centralised fire detection system, structural cabling, A' quality video-phone system, electrical element in the water heater. Infrastructure for future installation for blinds, centralised music system and home cinema. In the kitchen all fitted appliances will be wired inside the walls by a heater switch, and there will be supply points for two ovens, an electrical hob, dishwasher and washing machine, extractor and refrigerator. The electrical appliances that are included in the apartment are: Gaggenau electrical hob with induction, Gaggenau electrical furnace and microwave, Miele washing machine and dryer, Scholtes dish washer, Liebherr refrigerator and cooler. A concealed Nuvola kitchen extractor fun is also included. Lightings fittings are included in all external verandas and in the false ceilings of the en-suits.

Elevator

Installation of two 8-person panoramic elevators (monospace) with an alarm system in case of emergency. The west side elevator will be used by the apartment’s owners only in case of emergency while the east side elevator will be used by the offices tenants only in case of emergency.

Metal works

Schuco and Muskita anodised aluminium windows and doors with double glazing. Galvanized frames. Metal railing for the stairwell, verandas and the terrace. The specifications for the glazing will be set by the architects.

Wood works
 
Imported interior and exterior doors. The lock for the external door consists of 11 pins. Imported wardrobes, bathroom benches, kitchen units and worktops. The surfaces will be of corian.

In general

Letter boxes will be installed in the hall of the building, one for each apartment. A lighting rod will be installed on the roof as well as a full central strength television aerial and satellite dim.

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FLOOR UNIT # PLOT AREA INTERNAL
(m2)
COVERED
VERANDA (m2)
UNCOVERED
VERANDA (m2)
YARD BEDROOMS PARKING REMARKS
Ground floor A101 280 41 400 13 SOLD
B 201 (Mezan) 187 23 SOLD
1 C 301 302 30 9 28 6 SOLD
2 D 401 289 36 10 28 6 SOLD
3 E 501 291 36 28 4 SOLD
4 Z 601 284 33 42 28 4 SOLD
5 H 701 298 22 28 6 SOLD
6 θ 801 284 26 28 7 SOLD
7 I 901 287 44 28 4 3 SOLD
8 k 1001 290 33 28 4 3 SOLD
9 Λ 1101 288 45 28 4 3 SOLD
10 M 1201 298 38 14 4 3 AVAILABLE
11 N 1301 288 44 28 4 3 SOLD
12 1401 297 38 14 4 3 AVAILABLE
13 O 1501 297 33 14 4 3 SOLD
14 1601 300 34 28 4 3 SOLD
15 & 16 P 1701 431 30 280 4 3 SOLD
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