Currently rising in the Cypriot city of Nicosia is a new tower that comes from the pens of award winning architecture firm, Ateliers Jean Nouvel.
The scheme is situated in the very heart of Nicosia on Stasinou Street, part of a virtual ringroad that encircles the Old Town and its ancient walls.
The 25 million Euro project is very obviously called Jean Nouvel Tower 25, until you realise it has 19 floors, not 25. In it, starting with the ground floor, will be retail, with office space on the floors above this, and then on the top ten floors there will be a mere nine apartments with the top apartment taking up two floors.
Each level of the building will on its north side, the one that faces the Old Town, have a full length balcony stretching in front of it to help maximise the views and the penetration of daylight. What makes these a particularly unique feature is that they will each be able to expand in and out on demand beyond the concrete decks they will sit upon.
The other facades of the tower will be decorated with a mosaic of square voids serving as windows. These are already clearly apparent in the emerging concrete structure of the building, and once complete will add a seemingly random pattern to the tower, particularly when seen from a distance.
The project is being constructed by Lois Builders for Nice Day Developments and will be completed in late 2012.