Shortlisted: Office project in Limassol by Miltos Papadopoulos & Associates

Miltos Papadopoulos & Associates have been shortlisted for the Office award in the International Design & Architecture Awards 2015.

The Grand Futur project was designed to house the headquarter offices of Intership Navigation, a highly recognised German shipping company.

The first design idea envisions a ship within the city and hence the design takes inspiration from the sea. Based on that, the buildings’ facades resemble a sailing ship, with a colossal sail on the roof, which serves shading purposes being located over the large skylight.

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At the centre of the building, a large atrium that allows diffused natural lighting in the interior of the building, through a skylight spanning over the largest part of the roof is a key characteristic of the project. Expressing this both internally but also externally with a colossal sail, located over the large skylight on the roof, serving shading purposes, along with sustainable design aspects.

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Regarding the building’s sustainability, the thermal insulation on the external envelope of the building is achieved through double-glazing systems of very low u-values, taking into consideration natural lighting maximisation. It is worth noting that due to the regional high temperatures; sensor-controlled shading systems have been installed, protecting the building with a necessary air gap for better energy performance.

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The building comprises of office space on three floors, conference halls, and a large cafeteria serving its staff members. There is parking space, a sports centre and storage rooms, all located underground. The total building area is 5191m² over the three over ground floors and 5943m² of underground spaces.

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