White Walls has been named Best Tall Building of Europe 2016 by the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) see related article White Walls has been selected among a large number of iconic European buildings.
The Main Jury of CTBUH will meet in Chicago in November 2016 to announce the winner of the Best tall Building Worldwide among the four regional award winners: White walls will represent Europe, Via 57 West will represent the Americas, the Shanghai Tower will represent Asia and Australia and the Cube will represent the Middle East and Africa.
The reasoning of the CTBUH award included the fact that ‘’ The White Walls has single-handedly transformed the urban silhouette of Nicosia, the capital of Cyprus, drawing upon its context to deliver a residential-office tower that is unmistakably Mediterranean, yet global influential with its highly successful environmental considerations. The mass of the tower’s white concrete walls is negated by numerous square perforations, from which an assortment of hanging vegetation protrudes. Abundant greenery is also present on its southern balconies, with native plants covering nearly 80 percent of the façade area. The resulting coverage serves to trap carbon dioxide, emit oxygen, and provide energy-saving shade ‘’
The iconic tower designed by Jean Nouvel is the culminating landmark of the city. The program includes 10- story residential apartments, and 8-story office space . This verticality in relation to the horizontality of the medieval walls and the moat that encloses the old part of the city sets the stage for a series of inversions that are characteristic of the building.
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 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.
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 COLLABORATING ARCHITECTS :Takis Sophocleous Architects (Anastasia Koumoulidou, Demetris Sofocleous.)
Concept Design: Philippe Papy
Studies and Construction: Elisabeth Kather
ARCHITECTS Sony Devabhaktuni, Nobuo Yoshida
COMPUTER RENDERINGS José Miguel Pomares
Structure: KAL Engineering (Lysandros Kyriacou)
Mechanical, Electrical, Plumbing, Fire: MItsides Samouhl & Partners
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
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