Bioclimatic approaches of modern residential architecture in Cyprus, 1952-1974

Aimilios Michael, Marios C. Phocas
2010 The Renewable Energies and Power Quality Journal (RE&PQJ)  
In terms of energy efficiency, bioclimatic architecture aims at minimizing the energy consumption of the building and at achieving control of the microclimate of the indoor spaces. The bioclimatic dimension of residential architecture in Cyprus is examined on the basis of residential buildings, designed in the period 1952-1974 by the Cypriot architect Neoptolemos Michaelides. The selected projects are of a high national architectural significance, as they represent in a most distinct way a
more » ... distinct way a critical introduction of modern architecture in Cyprus. In architectural terms, the designs follow the functional disposition, without relying on symbolic or decorative parameters. Following an overview of modern architecture in Cyprus, in the specific period, the main climatic conditions of the region and the thermal comfort criteria are briefly presented. The analysis of five residential buildings, situated in the broader Nicosia district refers to the architectural design strategies, and the construction materials and systems, applied for achieving human comfort, as regards cooling and natural lighting. The study proves that a series of strategic design actions ensure thermal improvements of the buildings and lead to optimum levels of thermal comfort, enabling thus substantial energy profits.
doi:10.24084/repqj08.211 fatcat:boj4uutti5dt3djwn2hwypfqbi