- Sustainable Architecture
- Leventis Art Gallery in Cyprus by Feilden Cregg Bradley Studios
English practice, Feilden Cregg Bradley Studios, designed the Leventis Art Gallery in Nicosia, Cyprus.
Not only is this construction a centre of cultural activities, in keeping with the mission of the client AG Leventis Foundation, giving breathtaking views of the city of Nicosia from the apartments that share the tower, it also gives a new take on the Cyprian architecture culture, with a view to sustainability.
The team from FCB Studios took their cue from the vernacular architecture that uses traditional materials like local stone and small openings with shutters to protect the interiors from the hot Summer sun.
This is in stark contrast to the contemporary architecture of Nicosia where the trend is for light glass and steel facades, but the design avoids solar gain, providing an excellent passive response to the climatic conditions. Additional heating and cooling needs are met by geothermal energy that keeps the temperature at a constant 20°C.
Local planning policies determined the footprint and to meet the requirement for an outdoor space, the art gallery that occupies the first three floors spills out onto the street in a courtyard, which actively engages with passersby.
The Leventis Art Gallery by FCB Studios is a virtuous example of how to bring together art, architecture and sustainability, at the same time showing consideration for the urban environment and its traditions.
Architect: Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios
Local Architect: J&A Philippou, Cyprus
Structural Engineer: J&APhilippou, Cyprus
M&E Engineer: Max Fordham LLP
Local M&E Engineer: GEMAC
Cost Consultant: RESDE DPM, Athens
Project Manager: RESDE DPM, Athens
Main Contractor: GCC Iacovu, Cyprus
Photography: Hufton & Crow