Fereos + Associates Architects

 

Urban Foliage


Category: RECREATION AREAS Design date: 2011
Location: Evagorou Str, Cyprus Completion date:


ARCHITECTURAL COMPETITION FOR THE REDESIGN OF THE OLD GSP AREA

DESIGN STRATEGY

Foliage: in botany foliage [mass noun for a leaf] are laminar plant organs which evolved in a way to maximize their surface area exposed to light and air, enhance their ability to store water and provide shade. To achieve these, the inner structure of a leaf comprises from a vascular tissue of Veins in various pattern formations. These palmate-netted patterns form around a primary mid-vein subdividing into veinlets. The veinlets then create a pattern that stretches to the leaf edges, creating an inter-connected two-way network that transports water and minerals from the roots into the leaf and, vice-versa, dissolved sucrose, produced by photosynthesis, out of the leaf. These principals, from an Urban Metabolism point of view, combined with the ecologic principle of sustainability form the basis of our architectural design proposal for an urban park, thus named Urban Foliage. The constant blending and interchanging between urban and natural landscape is orchestrated around two interconnected systems of green enclaves (Green Network) that intensify new urban possibilities along with events (Cultural Network).

Green network. Differentiated typologies of vegetated pattern are integrated into the region with the proximities to a dry / Mediterranean riparian landscape. The aim is to intensify physical connections to the surrounding while also formulate vistas and use green as a strategy for orientation and direction towards the site.

Urban Cultural network. The deployment of a new urban thickened ground brings the urban scene on multiple levels. The embedded program acts in synergy with the new topography and the circulation patterns, redirecting vistas and facilitating orientation on site with a primary decision not to “frame” the square but to enable free gaze on the surrounding public buildings.

 

The project was published in the following pages:

http://www.greekarchitects.gr

http://www.archisearch.gr