SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY BUILDING

NICOSIA, CYPRUS

Technology Center, approximately 16.000m2, houses many engineering faculties since completed in 2018. Located in the campus, the faculty being three stories has two internal courtyards. Classrooms and laboratories are strategically located between internal courtyard, where facade with controllable facade openings (with high level of automation system) and architectural chimneys (ventilation shafts) located opposite side of the rooms along the corridor. This architectural cross-section allows  to generate natural cross ventilation. Enabling study rooms to be conditioned passively, helping in energy saving and sustainability. Each facade has different and unique strategies corresponding to the direction and the need. Buildings south facade being angled to maximize solar gain which is fully cladded with Photovoltaic panels (BIPV).
North facade, not receiving any direct light, is cladded with all glass allowing natural light while giving x-ray effect. West and East louvered facades openings angled towards North to get protected from Southern light.
Architectural design of the Technology Center emphasizes the rational/smart beauty of machine aesthetics by exposing all engineering tectonics. With its dynamic architectural and engineering composition/order, this building celebrates how different disciplines complements by co-existence/collaborating. To bring the best in each other creating a man-made environment for users comfort while offering an alternative perspective. Technology Center, being a green building, generates energy with photovoltaic panels for it’s use and supplies rest for campus grid, taking advantage of Cyprus sunny climate. Climatic performance of the building has been designed and control by taking environment context into consideration: solar flux/ratiation, wind, environmental tempered conditions…etc. Passively operated system like large quantities of outside air can be used to ventilate the internal spaces during both day and night from their local facades. Generally, the building performs quite well passively during these times of the year, neither the ground ducts nor the cooling system need to run. The facade openings provide variable quantities of fresh air depending on the requirements of the space. Facade openings are generally left open at night to pre-cool the fabric.

Timeline
2015 – 2018
Status
Completed
Location
Nicosia, Cyprus
Client
Cyprus International University

Typology
Engineering Faculty
Project Area
16,408 m2
Architectural Design 
Saffet Kaya Bekiroglu

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