[First look] Scott Brownrigg has submitted plans to redevelop a 28 ha waterfront site in the ancient Byzantine city of Larnaca, Cyprus
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The 250,000m² mixed-use project aims to transform the city ‘into a major cruise and marine destination at the heart of the Eastern Mediterranean’ and will expand the existing ‘dilapidated marina’ into a 950 berth state-of-the-art facility.
Expected to start on site next year, the 35-year scheme includes a new yacht club, residential towers, park and cruise terminal building.
The project for theZenon Consortium, which is made up of Bouygues Batiment International, the Port of Amsterdam and the Costa Crociere among others, is being run out of Scott Brownrigg’s Limassol office in Cyprus which was set up in 2007.
The architect’s view and full project desciption:
- a new marina quarter with a multi-purpose grand piazza for events, exhibitions and outside concerts. The architecture and spaces provide a contemporary dialogue with the adjacent intimate streets and avenues of the old city; the proposal creates a ‘masterplan within the masterplan’ where the ground surface, floors and roofs fold to define different spaces and accommodate rhythmic, dynamic lighting and materials to create an ever-changing, exciting ‘Stage for the City’.
- a striking new yacht club, designed as a ‘floating’ open-ended tube of accommodation, links the land to the marina, and is reminiscent of a dry docked sea faring vessel. It will be the central management and operations building as well as a multi purpose event and dining space, with a large infinity pool on its terrace overlooking the marina. The orientation of the building allows the prevailing Westerly wind to flow through the ‘tube’, naturally cooling the interior.
- a new Cruise Terminal Building, will form a gateway to and from the island. The building’s form is derived from its function, and is essentially two overlapping Ls on their sides, which control movement into the building at ground floor and to the cruise ship at first floor, whilst protecting the privacy of the surrounding high rise residences. On the roof, three brightly coloured triangular wind catchers, face the prevalent Westerly wind and direct air into the building, they also form a dynamic, colourful roofscape and marker for incoming passengers from sea and land. The wind catchers appear to be pinched upward, the corresponding holes at ground floor being the lateral openings for loading and unloading baggage through the baggage hall and security systems.
- Marina Basin and Marina Park waterside residences will be low key and sensitive in relation to the existing low-rise immediate context. The park has been designed to ‘fold up’ the buildings in waves to form green roofs at low level, which change to timber waves to form terraces, brise soleils and roofs looking toward the sea. Each building will have a recessed mid level private pool which will either over look the marina or the sea.
- The Port Promontory’s tall, organic ‘floating’ towers will form a new, instantly identifiable, backdrop and gateway to the city, as they rise from the ground toward the sea along the long port ‘finger’ breakwater. The primarily residential accommodation is set in ‘floating’ shifting plates, with deep recessed banding inspired by the seamed limestone shore front of the island. The deep overhangs protect the fully glazed wrap-around accommodation within from the sun, and shift to create exposed sun decks and sky pools. Plants and creepers fill the terraces and fall down the façade creating a vertical, terraced hillside. These abstract, unique forms will instantly identify Larnaca, forming a dramatic gateway straight into the city for cruise visitors and a highly desirable place to live and work.
Scott Brownigg unveils huge marina plans in Cyprus