Art Collector's House
Private Residence & Art Gallery
The design and concept of this house was inspired by the surrounding landscape and topography of the dense forest area of Stavrovouni and the challenge of combining two briefs, a home and an art gallery (with an extensive varied collection). The clients vast collection of art work almost became the main inhabitant for the interior design of the house and gallery. Framing views and exposing panoramic views to the outside were key to design and especially the orientation of the house.
UNIQUE PROPERTIES / PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
This house, situated in 20 acres of woodland, is a home for a young family and their extensive art collection. It is more of a gallery with some living space within it rather than the other way around. Long overhangs shade the south facing building, with the Stavrovouni mountain as the focal point. To enjoy the pine forest within the plot and the panoramic mountain views, the study is placed in a tube like structure, just like a camera lens or a canon, cantilevering on the top of the building.
OPERATION / FLOW / INTERACTION:
The house and gallery space have become one entity and have been used on many occasions by the client and also by artists as a place to entertain and exhibit. The dining area is positioned in the center of the gallery surrounding by all the artwork and sculptures.
On the grounds, the extended landscape has become series of pathways that meander through different types of gardens, constantly changing the perspective views of the house through the woods.
PROJECT DURATION AND LOCATION:
The house is located on the outskirts of Nicosia, Cyprus and was completed in late 2014 and inhabited since.
FITS BEST INTO CATEGORY:
Architecture, Building and Structure Design
PRODUCTION / REALIZATION TECHNOLOGY:
What made the realization of this project an interesting challenge was the combination of the two client briefs, an art gallery and a family home, which lead to creating an almost hybrid architecture for the building. The middle section of the house, which is the main entrance to the gallery, is a large double height space displaying the artwork and sculptures while using the landscape pine forest as a backdrop. However on the outer wings of the house the height is brought done and corridors and interconnecting spaces are introduced to create a more home-familiar environment.
SPECIFICATIONS / TECHNICAL PROPERTIES:
The house has a total area of 1,600m² and is built on a land area of approximately 24,000m²
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The challenge of designing this building was the combination of an art gallery and private home for a family of 4. Taking into consideration each item that was going to be "exhibited" and its dimensions but also to accommodate for future collections and future family expansion.
TEAM MEMBERS (4) :
Vakis Hadjikyriacou (Design Partner), Victor Hadjikyriacou (Project Architect), Anna Chartopoulou (Architect) and Nicole Andreou (Architect)
All images taken by Vakis Associates