French architect take Cyprus building to a whole new natural level.
If you’re in Cyprus and passing through the Eleftheria Square in Nicosia, you can’t miss the oddity that is know as the White Walls Tower, an architectural icon designed by Ateliers Jean Nouvel. A multi-utility complex made up of residential apartments, offices and retail space, the 200+ foot high landmark is an ode to both modern design and the shades of nature that Cyprus reflects.
If the olive trees in the neighborhood remind you of the old-fashioned Cypriote landscape, the building itself is a modern architectural phenomenon, integrating a pixelated façade in perfect harmony with the fresh green plants that grow in the temperate climate of the region.
The pixelated design draws attention to the building from afar and before you dismiss this structure as one that may have been built on the whims of a modern and commercial mind, the green cover that peeps out of every nook and cranny allows you to breathe in the life that has been driven into the concrete edifice in seemingly random fashion.
The imperative balance of modern civilization along with Mother Nature has been an endeavor that man has pursued for centuries and this Jean Nouvel creation is a perfect example of how this balance can not only serve commercial purposes but can also walk alongside the environment while doing so.
Designed for Nice Day Developments, this 107,639 square foot beauty was completed in 2015 and apart from being one of the tallest structures in Nicosia, it is also high on its utility quotient, perfectly encompassing the natural flora of Cyprus in line with modern needs.
One look at the trees hidden within the oddities that the pixels in the building’s design are, and you will notice how the White Walls Tower is a perfect amalgamation of tradition and nature with commercialization and modernism. Well done Jean.