A proposal for Pafos

  municipal Library

This project was made during architecture studio ARCH_S07 in spring semester 2012-13 in Neapolis University. The aim was to design a new volume to the existing Pafos Municipal Library. The workshop’s goal was a twofold. Firstly, it had to do with the architectural planning in a place that has a significant architectural history and secondly to deal with the problems that come out after such an intervention.

 

The existing library is located in the central town area and is surrounded by some important buildings. The construction of Paphos Municipal Library began in 1944 according with plans of the municipal engineer Andreas Christodoulides and expenses of the Municipal Fund. The Library was bicommunal and its inauguration in 1946, the director of the Turkish School, expressed his hope that "... the Turkish and Greek youth will provide the appropriate value in this holy institution which was granted to them today, and they will meet under the nice and clean roof that the library provides in order to nourish their spirit. » Today the library contains more than 18,000 volumes, including rare editions.

 

Our proposal is trying to creatively and dialectically face the aesthetic and historical values that comes with the place, highlighting and at the same time renewing its meaning, through the creative clash of the past with the present and the future. The dialectical relationship is defined by an architectural vocabulary of confrontation of the neoclassical character of the existing library with the dynamically evolving addition.

 

This conflict as of a geological phenomenon, is creating a rift in the existing and the new volume, which generates new spatial connections and qualities, both inside the building and to the city as an all.

 

The project awarded from Technical Chamber of Cyprus (Engineering Awards ETEK 2015).

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This project was made during architecture studio ARCH_S07 in spring semester 2012-13 in Neapolis University. The aim was to design a new volume to the existing Pafos Municipal Library. The workshop’s goal was a twofold. Firstly, it had to do with the architectural planning in a place that has a significant architectural history and secondly to deal with the problems that come out after such an intervention.

 

The existing library is located in the central town area and is surrounded by some important buildings. The construction of Paphos Municipal Library began in 1944 according with plans of the municipal engineer Andreas Christodoulides and expenses of the Municipal Fund. The Library was bicommunal and its inauguration in 1946, the director of the Turkish School, expressed his hope that "... the Turkish and Greek youth will provide the appropriate value in this holy institution which was granted to them today, and they will meet under the nice and clean roof that the library provides in order to nourish their spirit. » Today the library contains more than 18,000 volumes, including rare editions.

 

Our proposal is trying to creatively and dialectically face the aesthetic and historical values that comes with the place, highlighting and at the same time renewing its meaning, through the creative clash of the past with the present and the future. The dialectical relationship is defined by an architectural vocabulary of confrontation of the neoclassical character of the existing library with the dynamically evolving addition.

 

This conflict as of a geological phenomenon, is creating a rift in the existing and the new volume, which generates new spatial connections and qualities, both inside the building and to the city as an all.

 

The project awarded from Technical Chamber of Cyprus (Engineering Awards ETEK 2015).

A proposal for Pafos

  municipal Library