The global design group Atkins unveiled plans for a 29-story tower in Nicosia, Cyprus. Named the Santa Roza Tower, the building is slated for construction in the city’s new commercial district, which is unifying the long divided Greek and Turkish communities of Cyprus. This new mixed-use tower will provide a flexible space that is both environmentally and aesthetically inspiring.
The mixed-use Santa Roza Tower will have office, retail, and luxury apartment spaces with open-air balconies that will provide users with views of the surrounding landscape. The natural daylight is maximized throughout the building due to a modest footprint and a large double glazed inner façade. This is protected by a double skin curtain wall of horizontal louvers used as shading devices for harsh summer sunlight as well as natural ventilation. This sail-esque shade structure is also aesthetically very interesting.
Atkins’ new 37,800 square meter building adds to their impressive tower resume that now covers multiple continents. Atkins is the world’s largest architectural firm and is known for their holistic design ethos. Due to Nicosia’s difficult past, the firm took an approach of understanding the environmental, economical, and social context in order to create a unique architectural identity.