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description public high school, open competition, 3rd prize
category public
location Nicosia, Cyprus
built area 9.200 m²
design team

Stephan Buerger, Demetra Katsota, Flavian Lekkas, Thanassis Manis, Mladen Stamenic

client Ministry of Education, Republic of Cyprus
design year 2010

The new (open) school: The new school reflects changes in social conditions and educational standards and is perceived as the hub between dwelling, workplace and leisure place and the wider community, in which it integrates and serves. Under a single roof, the creation of a flexible space of activities, individual and group, teaching, educational and social, is proposed.
The horizontal school: The horizontal development of the complex serves an organizational system in which spatial distribution, access and construction merge effortlessly. The composition is characterized by a combination of larger, single volumes of public programmes that exceed in height a 'carpet' of single-storey teaching rows.
Particular emphasis was given to the design of both classrooms and their intermediate zones -patios and linear courtyards- associated with them. The schoolyard is located in the centre of the scheme with an opening to the outdoor space and the sports fields, and is surrounded by the gallery and other public programmes. The gradations, from open to shaded to closed, allow for flexible spatial appropriations under different weather conditions.
The school as a city. Paths and places: ‘A school should be like a city,’ according to Hertzberger. The building is defined both by its main axis of circulation -the ‘highway’- the transversal corridors -the secondary ‘streets’- and by the forecourt -the square-. The existing multipurpose hall merges and becomes an integral part of the public core of the school. Openings in its new elevation enhance communication and provide additional space for more tiers.
The school of the future: The school of the future is here, open, transparent, flexible. The central public axis is perceived as an open hall for information, learning, a market of searching, discoveries and actions. Emphasis was given to the multi-functional significance of intermediate spaces, meeting spaces and alternative use spaces, and to the multidimensional space of the classroom, through different possibilities for the organization and provision for future changes with an economic and efficient displacement of partition walls.
The mediterranean school: The credo of the modern movement, ‘light, air and sun’ is transformed into a concrete structure, in which the proposed hybrid type of a canopy building with extensive semi-open spaces, courtyard and patios, responds to the specific characteristics of the Mediterranean climate and of programme.
The structure is a thin and lightweight composite structure with a limited number of shear-walls. In the case of public programmes, metal beams allow for larger widths and cantilevers.

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