Assignment description and architectural approach.
The Foundation School is part of the new Cyprus International University campus close to Nicosia. It consists of three programmatic parts: educational facilities, administrative and collective spaces such as meeting rooms and a cafeteria.
The building integrates these functions in a monolithic, linear, serially organized volume that takes into account both the enormous scale of the location and a cost-efficient way of construction based on standardization. The geometry of the plan is based on the repetition of classrooms. To avoid the spatial monotony of a typology with two parallel strips, these run diagonally or against each other at regular distances. This leads to three light courts that open diagonal visual connections between the floors, guiding the walking route of visitors; always slightly deviating from the central axis with an oblique movement.
The diagonal rhythm of the plan also creates a flexibility in which rooms of different dimensions can be placed (classrooms, offices, auditorium, large computer rooms, etc.).
2005 – 2007
Cyprus International University
Saffet Kaya Bekiroğlu
Olaf Gipser Architects