Walled Gardens of Nicosia

The evolution of the museum typology is manifested in a process through which the traditional archival and scientific character of the museum is slightly mutated into a hybrid programmatic complex that attempts to reshape the public realm. This new complex defies the functional-single building approach and emerges as an “urban artifact.”

Following the paradigm of Nicosia’s walled city where a military infrastructure-acting as an “urban artifact” – organized the old city beyond its former function, the New Cyprus museum attempts to reshape the city’s public life in the form of an infrastructural project.

The new structure meteorises between the necessity of an enclosed specific program (the museum) and the openness and ambiguity of a green recreational social space (the garden) that connects the public route from Pedieos River to the Old City Center.

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