Residential Tower Features Swimming Pool Balconies


Paris-based architecture firm Hamonic + Masson and Associés have released renderings of a residential tower slated to be built in the southern coastal city of Limassol, Cyprus—an Eastern Mediterranean island country.

The tower’s design won second place in Competition 2018.

The Design

The Clelia Tower is designed to create a new type of living experience where interior meets exterior using “independent islands” made up of swimming pools and green spaces.

“Cyprus is an exceptional territory. Sea, sun and beauty adorn its landscape and provide the opportunity for unique housing,” said Hamonic + Masson and Associés. “Our proposition for the Limassol Tower seeks to capture this natural splendeur for future inhabitants.”

Reportedly inspired by the natural geometries of the floral corolla, the tower rises alongside columns that open up into corolla-shaped balconies to create exterior pools and planted green areas which are directly linked to individual units.

A sliding glass door is stated to be the only element separating living quarters from the balconies, while the transparency of the structure’s facade lends to uninterrupted sea views.

The system of corolla-shaped platforms is also found on the ground level of the luxury apartment complex where the firm says, “sunshades engender a distinctive architectural concept.”

Covering a total of 6,000 square meters (roughly 64,600 square feet), the residential tower houses 19 luxury apartments, an underground fitness zone, art gallery and spa.

Unique Facades

Earlier this year, work topped out at Düsseldorf, Germany’s Kö-Bogen II office block, a structure that’s slated to be covered with five miles’ worth of hedges. The five-story block was designed by Ingenhoven Architects as part of a competition in 2014.

The studio says that the goal for the hedges is to help cool the building, reduce the inner-city heat-island effect and help clean the air.

Materials for the work included:

  • 8,187 square meters of aluminum and steel stick system glass facades, mainly on the south and east sides, and for the courtyards of the main building;
  • A 4.5-meter high-glass facade for a round glass pavilion; and
  • 2,410 meters of steel planters with integrated irrigation and drainage system—in some places the troughs project 2-3 meters beyond the edge of the roof.

Also reported last month, Swedish architecture practice Ulf Mejergren Architects participated in an abstract project titled “New Wave,” where the company used recycled plastic bottles to create a facade on the exterior of a Tulum, Mexico-based art school.

Once erected in a concrete trench like a tall fence, plastic bottles with holes drilled into the bottoms are pierced onto the rebar, which is attached to the wall or a slab in mid-air. To ensure stability of the facade, bottles closer to the ground were filled with cement or sand. This method was repeated multiple times, followed by the bending of the rebar to produce the shape of the waves.

For finishing, the bottles were painted in a gradient of blue-cyan-white.


Tagged categories: Architects; Architecture; Building facades; Color + Design; Color + Design; Commerial/Architectural; Condominiums/High-Rise Residential; Design - Commercial; EU; Europe; Residential; Residential Construction

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