Michail Georgiou Designs A Small Chapel In Cyprus With A Welcoming Form


Architect Michail Georgiou has designed the Apostle Peter and St. Helen the Martyr Chapel, in Pafos, Cyprus.

The Greek Orthodox chapel commemorating Apostle Peter and St. Helen the Martyr is situated on Kerkiras Street, in St. Theodoros area in Pafos, Cyprus. The founding stone was placed by the Bishop of Pafos, Georgios IV, on Saturday 7th December 2013 and the project was completed on Sunday 19th July 2015.

The chapel typology belongs to the double-aisle vaulted orthodox temples. The building program includes a Narthex, a Nave, a side Aisle, a Sanctuary and a Prothesis. Morphologically, it is inspired by the local orthodox ecclesiastical architecture, while, through a series of innovative building methods and materials, it presents a contemporary example. As such, the entire chapel is formed by extruding a section along a longitudinal axis which results in a legible, lightweight and welcoming form.

The interaction of the extrusion with the programmatic elements of the building creates complex moments and rich spaces within the volume. The east and west sides of the extruded form are left open providing covered spaces filtering daylight and views. On the east side, a semi-cylindrical, self-standing element hosting the sanctuary is inserted in the volume.

On the west, vertical louvers, forming the bell-tower, provide shading for the entrance of the chapel while a large 5.5-meter-tall door allows the interior to be merged with the exterior. Finally, the landscape, identified by the almond trees complements the synthesis.

A steel structural frame and reinforced concrete walls are bound together by a thin rigid shell, acting as a seismic diaphragm, forming the composite structural system of the chapel. The shell has a total thickness of 100 mm, including thermal insulation, and it has been constructed using Ferrocement, a cementious composite used in the 60’s for constructing thin shell structures and boats.

The material and construction techniques have been revived and used for the first time on the island of Cyprus combining traditional and modern construction methods. Ferrocement allows greater precision and flexibility in adapting to the free form shape, at a much lower construction costs.

Photography by Charis Solomou. Via Contemporist

SOURCE: http://designyoutrust.com/2015/08/michail-georgiou-designs-a-small-chapel-in-cyprus-with-a-welcoming-form/

Wonderful Farmhouse by Shiflet Group Architects


Designed by Shiflet Group Architects and Glynis Wood Interiors, this wonderful farmhouse is located in Austin, Texas, US.


SOURCE: http://designyoutrust.com/2015/08/wonderful-farmhouse-by-shiflet-group-architects/

Stairway to Heaven, Valtellina, Italy by Alfredo Vanotti


Alfredo Vanotti designed this house earlier this year. It occupies 250 sq.m. and is extended into two floors, the ground and the first floor.

The idea was to connect the two floors in order to have an entirely new housing unit, with different roles: a living space with garden and big windows on the ground floor and a sleeping space on the first floor.” the architect suggested.

His goal was, and fully accomplished, to create a uniform flow in the house through a staircase becoming part of the two areas instead of just connecting them.

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SOURCE: http://designyoutrust.com/2015/08/stairway-to-heaven-valtellina-italy-by-alfredo-vanotti/

Eyrie Cabins by Cheshire Architects


Located at the inlet of Kaipara Harbour in New Zealand, the Eyrie cabins by Cheshire Architects deconstruct the archetypical elements of a modern home.

Starting with the site, the cabins feel like a pair of dice thrown onto a grassy field, with no landscaping or pathways defined around them. But what comes off at first as a chance decision is actually a nuanced design choice, as the homes use the natural context to demarcate their siting.

Another element of the deconstruction helps explain this: the fact that neither home has a “door.” There is no operable threshold, but instead a large window one can climb through into the space.

These windows are accessible thanks to natural boulders, and this reliance is what informed the seemingly random locations of the cabins.

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SOURCE: http://designyoutrust.com/2015/08/eyrie-cabins-by-cheshire-architects/

Embassy Gardens Sky Pool


The mind-blowing glass-bottomed swimming pool will bridge (115 ft in the air) two apartment buildings of Embassy Gardens and will be 90 feet long, 19 feet wide and nearly 10 feet deep, allowing residents to enjoy a swimming “over the air” experience and take in stunning views of London while doing some laps.

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SOURCE: http://designyoutrust.com/2015/08/embassy-gardens-sky-pool/

Before & After: The Transformation Of A Split-Level House By Ami McKay


Interior designer Ami McKay has modified a dated 1980’s split level home in Vancouver, Canada, into a clear and plain contemporary house. Working with her clients, Ami was able to identify their favored design of vivid modern, and determine a home that they could make their own.


SOURCE: http://designyoutrust.com/2015/08/before-after-the-transformation-of-a-split-level-house-by-ami-mckay/

Fill’er up!


Photo series showing abandoned gas stations in the USA by Robert Götzfried.

SOURCE: http://designyoutrust.com/2015/08/filler-up/

Luxurious Resort: The Pond House by Holly & Smith Architects


The Pond House is a luxurious retreat designed by Holly & Smith Architects.

Located at Ten Oaks Farm in Hammond, Louisiana, the beautiful resort is a 1,250 square foot, net zero energy house that sits on the edge of a stunning pond and views a peninsula of 10 oak trees that grow out into the center of the lake.

The house is completely open with panoramic views of the surrounding landscape; the ground floor features an outdoor area that includes a fireplace and outdoor kitchen, that are perfect for entertaining family and guests.


SOURCE: http://designyoutrust.com/2015/08/luxurious-resort-the-pond-house-by-holly-smith-architects/

A Place for Artists to Mull Over Kintyre


A zinc rock jutting out of the Scottish Kintyre peninsula, the Midden Studio was not designed by Studio Weave to blend in with the scenery.

And yet, it’s form and function are direct descendants of its context. The building serves as an artist’s studio, a program most apparent in the bare interior, which is “wallpapered” with birch ply that can be easily replaced as it’s subjected to the creative process.

SOURCE: http://designyoutrust.com/2015/08/a-place-for-artists-to-mull-over-kintyre/

Loft 9b, Sofia, Bulgaria


With a history that stretches over seven millennia, ruin-rich Sofia is one of Europe’s oldest cities and a great place for a one to blend history and contemporary design. The loft Karanikolov and Nikolova reconstructed is a relatively new apartment in the centre of Sofia.

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SOURCE: http://designyoutrust.com/2015/08/loft-9b-sofia-bulgaria/