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Eleftheria Square

  • Nicosia, Cyprus
  • 2005 – TBC
  • Nicosia Municipality
  • Under Construction
  • Open Area: 35300m2
  • Interior Area: 7175m2

Eleftheria Square constitutes a dramatic and historically significant ‘architectural intervention’ – an aspiration to reconnect the ancient city’s massive fortified Venetian walls and moat with the modern city beyond – a bold vision of coherence and continuity which can become a catalyst to unify the last divided capital of Europe.

In aspiring to create an urban plaza for the city of Nicosia, we found ourselves confronted with deep historical traditions and contradictions: the presence of massive Venetian fortifications, constructed to offer protection from invaders and effectively containing and separating ancient and modern cities; the ‘green line’ which divides two communities in this, the last divided capital of Europe.

Our concept constitutes an ‘architectural intervention’ – the creation of an urban plaza which forms the spearhead of a much broader and ambitious urban planning gesture. One that aspires to organize and synthesize the entire urban wall, surrounding moat and modern city fringes beyond within a unified whole.

In achieving this grand vision, the moat becomes a green belt – a ‘necklace’ which surrounds the Venetian fortifications, transformed into Nicosia’s main park – a focal point for rest and recreation, a venue for art exhibitions and installations containing both sculpture gardens and sports facilities.

Elevated and widened to increase circulation, the moat is accessed by bridging streets – new gateways to the inner city, free of traffic thanks to the use of subterranean car parks. The Venetian wall, restored to its former glory, flanked by palm-lined walkways and lit continuously by night, declares its presence and relevance to this new, unified Nicosia.

Architect

ZAHA HADID ARCHITECTS

Design

Zaha Hadid with Patrik Schumacher

Project Architect

Christos Passas

Project Team

Dimitris Akritopoulos, Anna Papachristoforou, Thomas Frings, Irene Guerra, Jesus Garate, Ivan Ucros, Javier Ernesto-Lebie, Vincent Nowak, Mathew Richardson, Giorgos Mailis, Sevil Yazici, Ta-Kang Hsu, Sylvia Georgiadou, Phivos Scroumbelos, Marilena Sophocleous

Competition Project Architects

Christos Passas, Saffet Bekiroglu

Competition Team

Inanc Eray, Viviana Muscettola, Michelle Pasca, Daniel Fiser

Structural

Hyperstatic Engineering (Cyprus)

MEP / Services

UNEMEC (Cyprus)

Lighting

Kardorff Ingenieure (Berlin)

Project Management

Modinos & Vrahimis (Cyprus)

Cost / QS

MDA (Cyprus)