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White Walls

Magazine Architecture | 29 Apr 2016


It rises out of the Nicosia landscape, in Cyprus, as one of the city’s highest structures. White Walls is a pixelated building, developed by Jean Nouvel in collaboration with local practice Takis Sophocleous Architects, which has already been transformed into an icon of the Cypriot capital.
2015 saw the completion of a project, which at every moment has striven to transform and perfectly fit into the cityscape of Nicosia. The architectural plans for the building designed by Jean Nouvel include ten floors of residential apartments, six floors of offices and two floors dedicated to shops. The structure rises 67 metres into the sky and the view of any of its façades reveals careful planning and respect for energy efficiency.
On the southern façade a vertical ‘forest’ covers about 80% of the building bearing the name White Walls. This planting works just like a brise soleil, enabling the entrance of direct sunlight into the apartments and offices during the summer to be controlled, while at the same time allowing the necessary entrance of natural light during the winter.


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Text: Cátia Fernandes
Photos: Yiorgis Yerolymbos, courtesy of Nice Day Developments

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