Smalto Nicosia, Cyprus – 2018
Ifigeneia Kaizer project Cyprus – 2010
Kaimakli house Nicosia, Cyprus – 2007
Athienou Town Hall Cyprus – 2007
Dali House and workshop Cyprus – 1997
ARC Nicosia, Cyprus – 2010
Yiorgos Hadjichristou is an architect and Professor of the Department of Architecture, University of Nicosia. He received his MA in Kiev and continued his research in Kyoto. He is recipient of a number of awards including the Golden Prize of the Union of International Architects for the competition for the most public, friendly and accessible buildings. He was selected and participated in the Mies Van Der Rohe Awards six times. He organized and participated in a wide spectrum of local and international exhibitions and events including the Venice Architecture Biennale. He has been widely published in local and international publications.
The dentist clinic is located on the main Strovolos avenue along the riverbed of Pediaios. The building is raised up so the city is reconnected with the green elongated park of the river. At the same time the ascending is proposed as a set of steps and platforms that continue the theme of the park. The vertical circulation is interwoven with the building and facilitates various social spaces and voids initiating various interior and exterior contacts. The skin of the building can be choreographed by the users accordingly to the weather, functional and other needs.
ARC – Architecture Research Center Department of Architecture. University of Nicosia.
Architects: Petros Konstantinou and Yiorgos Hadjichristou Collaborators: Veronika Antoniou and Joao Teigas External Collaborator: Alessandra Swiny
The ARC, a conversion of a dilapidated shoe factory in a derelict industrial area in Nicosia triggered the regeneration of the area. The flexible interior space responded to the complexed functional needs of various sizes of studio spaces, meetinglecture-exhibition spaces, workshop, offices, computer labs, cafeteria etc.. The arrangement of the dividing, sliding panels can orchestrate a wide spectrum of diverse spatial conditions, while they serve for the acoustic needs and for exhibition surfaces. The envelope of the building is treated with polycarbonate panels in various soft coulour tones which transmit a controlled, pleasant light condition in the interior of the building. House and workshop of a sculptor and an artist in Dali Architect: Yiorgos Hadjichristou The project accommodates a house with a sitting and a dining room, a kitchen, three bedrooms and artists’ workshop. All the spaces face the north in order to enjoy the magnificent view towards the valley and the mountains of Pendadaktylos, while safeguarding winter south orientation too. The spaces are orchestrated by the slope of the hill and organized around a courtyard covered by the hanging volume of the bedrooms. The workshop has a variation of heights and an indirect natural illumination which will enhance the creativity and the productivity of the sculptor and the artist.
Ifigenia Kaizer House
Architects: Yiorgos Hadjichristou and Petros Constantinou The building aims to accommodate the needs of a family with two children and a small private teaching institute of Greek language on the lower level. The surrounding area, full with alienated to the island houses, triggered the idea of a shelter that functions in introversion around a courtyard organization. The spaces are enveloped by a concrete cube raised above the ground with openings carved like a sculpture. They serve as small peripheral courtyards, the main connectors with the ‘outer world’. They can be closed by shading panels and provide the interior spaces by controlled natural light and cross ventilation.
Refurbishment of a listed house in Kaimakli
Architect: Yiorgos Hadjichristou Collaborators: Veronika Antoniou and Petros Konstantinou The project is the remaining part of a traditional house, adjacent to the dividing “green line” of Cyprus. It is organized around two courtyards. During the biggest period of the year, all the new spaces change, open and become parts of a unified courtyard depending on the weather, the mood of the inhabitants, the functional needs etc. All the spaces enjoy generous cross air ventilation and protected south orientation while the old vegetation that took over in the past revives in the form of ‘shading panels’, dividing surfaces and natural balustrade.