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description office building with public amenities, open competition, entry
category commercial
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

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
PENINSULA 2020 residential, hospitality Paros Greece
VILLAS A 2019 residential, hospitality Costa Navarino ,  Messinia Greece
RESTAURANT THALERSEE 2020 public, hospitality Graz Austria
VILLAS B 2019 residential, hospitality Costa Navarino ,  Messinia Greece
OKZT HUB 2018 offices Klagenfurt Austria
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