Leventis Art Gallery & Apartments
Nicosia, Cyprus

The brief for an art gallery with apartments located on the same site requires the juxtaposition of functions that, by their nature, demand a different architectural response. In resolving this duality, the gallery takes on a visually dominant and abstract character, with the apartments separate and secondary in the streetscape composition.

Alongside, a new public space is set down from the road with a restaurant, and overlooked by the gallery entrance.

The Gallery's collection consists of works at small to intermediate scale by Cypriot artists. In considering how to display the collection, it seems appropriate to arrange the gallery as a sequence of intimate rooms on a single floor to reflect the scale and nature of the art. The temporary gallery is located on the first floor so that it is accessed separately from the entrance to provide flexibility of use.

Invited RIBA Competition 2006