The Cyprus College of Art in Lempa is an art institution founded by the Cypriot artists Stass Paraskos back in 1979. The college consists of two remote areas that host the art workshops as well as the guest rooms for the visiting artists. The overall site can be characterised as self-evolutionary, since it is informally evolved over time and adapted to its surroundings.
YEAR | 2016 SIZE | 2000sqm. LOCATION | Paphos, Cyprus
DESIGN TEAM | Chrystala Psathiti, Giannos Tsiolis, Marilena Kaskani, Giorgos Psomas
The synthetic strategy for the redevelopment of the Cyprus College of Art intended to maintain the sites’ character and at the same time to encapsulate Stass’ conceptions about art education and exhibition. For Stass art exhibition cannot be constrained within the strict boundaries of a museum, since art constitutes a complete life experience which can be executed and exhibited everywhere. Therefore, the design concept intended to create an open-art landscape – an open canvas flexible and adaptable – where the boundaries between art production and art exhibition are blurred. This strategy turns the whole site into an open, accessible and vibrant cultural organism with multiple interpretations.
The proposal aims at creating a dialectic relationship with the existing structure of the college. The existing buildings are rehabilitated and stand in the landscape as unique elements and vibrant traces of the history of the college of art.