Mike Chino

Smog Eating Eco House in Cyprus

by , 05/01/08

Iosa Ghini Associati, Cyprus, modern architecture in Cyprus, photo-catalytic concrete, anti-smog architecture, Mediterranean architecture, modern architecture in Cyprus, sustainable design, Iosa2

This striking modern structure cuts a profile every bit as sleek as it is streamlined for efficiency. It is composed of four single family units joined by a flowing fusion of glass and “smog-eating” photo-catalytic concrete, creating a series of separate yet structurally connected spaces. Italian architects Iosa Ghini Associati designed the residence to integrate seamlessly into its sweeping Mediterranean landscape, and its airy day-lit interiors benefit from a slick set of green features including adjustable solar panels, rainwater recycling, and a heat storage system.


Iosa Ghini Associati, Cyprus, modern architecture in Cyprus, photo-catalytic concrete, anti-smog architecture, Mediterranean architecture, modern architecture in Cyprus, sustainable design, Iosa1

Iosa Ghini says that “the project started with the aim of creating a new residential area alongside Pedieos River, near Nicosia, Cyprus. The makers wanted to realize four one-family luxury houses shaped in an organic, fluid form. They designed the four units in a whole overall organism hosting four units each one keeping its own morphological features. The building is full of green features that provide for clean energy and also save your bills.”

The residence fuses cutting-edge contemporary materials with traditional ones such as locally harvested stone. Its smooth structure is composed of photo-catalytic concrete, a material containing an active agent that reacts with light to break down air pollutants such as carbon monoxide, nitrogen oxide, and benzene. Low emissivity glass helps insulate the interior, while adjustable solar panels and a rainwater recycling system cut down on utilities. A heat storage system helps to regulate temperature when day turns to dusk. This stunning residence is currently cleared to be constructed by Full Circle.

+ Iosa Ghini Associati

+ Full Circle

Via dezeen.com

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9 Comments

  1. Seakay August 26, 2008 at 7:06 am

    The smog-eating concrete sounds brilliant, and i should have liked to read more about it. The concept for the houses in Cyprus is interesting, but the location would not seem to be making the best or most testing use of the material.

  2. ramtech May 24, 2008 at 5:23 am

    Nice concept but:
    1. Too bad it never rains in Cyprus
    2. The pedieos river is surrounded by trees, so the use of the “smog-eating” concrete is futile
    3. The pedieos river is dry during the whole year
    4. They are gonna pay alot for airconditioning

  3. dagny73 May 20, 2008 at 12:15 pm

    Incredible homes. Would love to see more of this type of building in the US. I’ve seen the process starting.

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  4. farfalla May 19, 2008 at 4:54 am

    ITS AN AMAZING PROJECT – I AM SURE IT WILL BE EXCELLENT, WHEN ITS FINISHED..
    WAIT UNTIL IT IS DONE AND YOU WILL SEE THE ACTUAL IMAGES OF IT…BRAVO MASSIMO!!!AND CONGRATS TO FULL CIRCLE…..IT WILL BE A LANDMARK FOR CYPRUS.

  5. fletch May 3, 2008 at 12:58 pm

    It’s a mix of Frank Wright and a Mac computer casing! It’s ridiculous that there’s a damn tv in the house. So stupid. I couldn’t live in what is in the headline implied to be already existent, but I agree with the first poster; stunning.

  6. fletch May 3, 2008 at 12:55 pm

    it’s a mix between frank wright and a mac computer casing! And there’s STILL a tv in it. God, when will people learn.

  7. GayMichaelHendry May 3, 2008 at 11:02 am

    All these images are merely artists’ concepts of what it might look like, if it gets built.

    I’d rather see photos of the finished building.

  8. GayMichaelHendry May 3, 2008 at 11:01 am

    All these drawings are merely artists concepts.

    Shouldn’t the reporting wait, at least until someone has actually built it?

  9. organicgrid May 1, 2008 at 4:08 pm

    Stunning

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