The brief for this project was to produce a sustainable plan for the construction of the new University of Cyprus with the opportunity for future expansion. This involved the design of several buildings including a laboratory Structural and Seismic Engineering, Department of Engineering Department, Dean and the common space, civil and environmental engineering and electrical and Computer Engineering Department of Mechanical and Manufacturing.
After having divided the faculty in separate buildings, it is vital that you can still read as a whole. The wings of the laboratory are usually one of the aspects and face north-south corridor on the south side. The exterior walls of the corridors are largely glazed, and therefore protected natural light solar gain horizontal slats. Laboratories are relatively shallow in the plan that allows natural lighting and natural ventilation when necessary. Elevations east and west are shaded horizontal and vertical control of a wide range of angles of Sun Sloping elevations around the Plaza of the School also help enclose the space and the connection between the buildings department. These principles have been adopted in each department to the continuity of the relationship of the building as a whole.
The Laboratory of Structural and Seismic Engineering is designed as a landmark building in the southern elevation that marks the entrance to the site. The coating is placed giving the appearance of ‘cracks’ synonymous with its function.
Similar materials have been used in every department of construction of the unit. The elevations are largely glazed. This was a key objective to avoid the need for artificial lighting and with a view to improving the working environment and good views in addition to the activity of the spaces around the Faculty. Other main materials are facing a fractal pattern aluminum siding and concrete right in front. Aluminum has a matte finish to avoid glare problems.