A four-storey apartment block with six apartments was designed to create a pleasant living experience while optimizing construction and maximizing material and energy savings.
▼建筑概览，general view © Creative Photo Room
▼轴测拆解图，exploded axonometric © Alexis Papadopoulos Architectural Practice
The compact central volume of the cube-shaped block is juxtaposed with lightweight metal structures that are the suspended balconies for private mainly outdoor use. The compact block includes a high level of insulation aiming to leave a small ecological footprint and be economically efficient. Shadings for the edifice and solar, power-generating, panels were placed to maximize the building’s orientation.
▼建筑外观，exterior view © Creative Photo Room
The structural system used, a strong core and columns only on the perimeter of the building, allows flexibility in floor plan design. Two two-bedroom apartments were created on each floor for the first two floors while two different three-bedroom apartments were created on the 3rd and 4th floor that serve the different needs of the users while following the urban planning regulations.
▼立面，facade © Creative Photo Room
▼轻质金属结构用作户外阳台，lightweight metal structures as suspended balconies © Creative Photo Room
The ceiling of each typology was designed independently so that the functional, aesthetic and structural needs of the building are served. Special attention was given to the floor design of the apartments, a combination of materials tends to unify the spaces disregarding the separation walls.
▼公寓内部，apartment interior view © Creative Photo Room
▼室内局部，interior detailed view © Creative Photo Room
▼阳台，balcony © Creative Photo Room
The roof is organized to a roof garden that acts as a common recreation area through lightweight structures which are covering up the mechanical floor, adding to the building’s overall aesthetic.
▼屋顶花园，roof garden © Creative Photo Room
结构方法 | Structural approach
Computational optimization techniques were applied to determine the structural system of the project in order to minimize the impact of seismic activity. This led to a decrease in the amount of reinforcement needed for the construction, given the small cross-sections of the structural elements. Additionally, the waffle slab system was chosen to reduce the cost for the formworks and to lessen the total weight of the reinforced concrete structure. The cantilevered balconies are metal hinged additions that don’t affect the sturdiness of the rest of the structure.
▼户外走廊，outdoor corridor © Creative Photo Room
The cantilevered balconies are metal hinged additions © Creative Photo Room
▼夜间立面，facade by night © Creative Photo Room
▼天花板系统，ceiling system © Creative Photo Room
▼一层和二层平面图，1st and 2nd floor plan © Alexis Papadopoulos Architectural Practice
▼三层平面图，3rd floor plan © Alexis Papadopoulos Architectural Practice
▼四层平面图，4th floor plan © Alexis Papadopoulos Architectural Practice
▼剖面细部，section © Alexis Papadopoulos Architectural Practice
Project Name: ZIO apartment block
Office Name: Alexis Papadopoulos Architectural Practice
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Firm Location: Limassol, Cyprus
Completion Year: 2021
Gross Built Area (m2/ ft2): 734m2
Project location: Limassol, Cyprus
Lead Architects: Alexis Papadopoulos, Maria Protou
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Architects Team: Alexis Papadopoulos, Despo Anagiotou, Despo Panayidou, Maria Protou, Andreas Aristodemou
Civil Engineer: Odysseas Georgiou, Savvas Hadjichambis
Electrical Engineer: Makis Ioakim
Mechanical Engineer: Savvas Aristeidou
Quantity Surveyor: Thomas Thoma
Lighting: Ioannides Lighting