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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

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
RADISSON RESORT SKIATHOS 2020 hospitality Skiathos
PENINSULA 2020 residential, hospitality Paros Greece
VILLAS A 2019 residential, hospitality Costa Navarino ,  Messinia Greece
OKZT HUB 2018 offices Klagenfurt Austria
RESTAURANT THALERSEE 2020 public, hospitality Graz Austria
VILLAS B 2019 residential, hospitality Costa Navarino ,  Messinia Greece
MAYRHOFEN STATION 2018 public Mayrhofen Austria
HOUSES A·2 2014 residential, hospitality Paros Greece
FERANT GARDEN APARTMENT 2017 residential Ljubljana Slovenia
CING LABORATORY BUILDING 2018 public Nicosia Cyprus
STUDENT STUDIOS PATRAS 2007 residential Patras Greece
PX SIX THRESHOLDS 2012 public Athens Greece
HOUSE E 2016 residential Artemida Greece
HOUSE L 2016 residential, research Antiparos Greece
LANDHOTEL SILVESTAR 2016 commercial, residential, hospitality Motovun Croatia
AS IF 2014 residential, research Mykonos Greece
HOUSE B 2014 residential Crete Greece
UNIVERSITY LIBRARY GRAZ 2015 public Graz Austria
HOUSE T 2016 residential Antiparos Greece
HOUSE H 2012 residential Corfu Greece
KURA CULTURAL CENTRE 2013 public Mingachevir Azerbaijan
THREE SPACES 2013 exhibition Athens Greece
KUBAN RIVERSIDE HOTEL 2013 commercial, hospitality Krasnodar Russia
STUDENT STUDIOS THESSALONIKI 2017 residential Thessaloniki Greece
HOUSE A+B 2008 residential Paros Greece
COOP BANK HEADQUARTERS 2012 commercial Nicosia Cyprus
PX THREE CORNERS 2012 public Athens Greece
AUSTRIAN AMBASSADOR RESIDENCE 2013 residential Athens Greece
COASTAL DOMAINS 2017 exhibition Athens Greece
ANNENHEIM CUBES 2012 residential, hospitality Treffen Austria
FERLACH TECHNICAL SCHOOL 2016 public Ferlach Austria
CASPIAN SEA RESORT 2012 public, residential, masterplan, hospitality Baku Azerbaijan
6 VOIDS: PXATHENS 2012 exhibition Venice Italy
BELGIAN EMBASSY 2009 public Athens Greece
CAUCASUS CONFERENCE CENTRE 2012 public Qabala Azerbaijan
GERMAN SCHOOL ATHENS 2017 public Athens Greece
LAKE APARTMENTS 2012 residential Bodensdorf Austria
PX ATHENS 2012 public, masterplan Athens Greece
LARNACA AGORA 2011 public Larnaca Cyprus
NOVARA ELEMENTARY SCHOOL 2018 public Vienna Austria
OFFICE A 2010 commercial Athens Greece
HBWBC SCHOOL 2010 public Vienna Austria
DASOUPOLI HIGH SCHOOL 2010 public Nicosia Cyprus
RATHAUSPARK 2009 public Vienna Austria
TOWNHOUSE K 2009 residential Nafplion Greece
VILLA W1 2008 residential Corfu Greece
HELLENIC PARLIAMENT 2008 research Athens Greece
KYRIAZI DEVELOPMENT 2008 commercial, residential Athens Greece
GERMAN DEVELOPMENT 2008 masterplan Sofia Bulgaria
SUPERSTORE V 2008 commercial Athens Greece
MELINA PAVILION 2007 exhibition Athens Greece
GLEISDORF DEVELOPMENT 2007 residential Gleisdorf Austria
HELEXPO PAVILION 2007 exhibition Thessaloniki Greece
VILLA S 2006 residential Vienna Austria
VERTICAL ATTICA 2006 masterplan, research Attica Greece
SCHLOSSMUSEUM 2006 public Linz Austria
EXHIBITION 102x 2006 exhibition Athens Greece
HOUSE M 2004 residential Athens Greece
SKYWALK BRIDGE 2004 public Vienna Austria
HELLENIKON PARK 2004 masterplan Athens Greece
DARNITSA DEVELOPMENT 2003 commercial Kiev Ukraine
TRANSITIONAL INTERSTICES 2003 residential Ano Liosia Greece