“splace is where spaces are turned into places”
Splace Architecture is an architecture office in Paphos, Cyprus. Splace Architecture is an emerging architectural practice intended to provoke innovative and human centred designs by adopting a rather analytical approach to architectural synthesis.
Splace Architecture founded based on the belief that space should be considered as an intrinsic aspect of human spatial behaviour. Thus, Splace approach to architecture rejects the common consideration of space as a mere receptor of several human practices and approaches architecture from the inside out. Specifically, it aims at carefully orchestrating human spatial behaviours by jointly considering spatial configuration, human needs, topological and environmental aspects.
Splace Architecture collaborates with highly skilled professionals to achieve the successful realization of each project. Splace Architecture is currently working on several projects in residential, educational, industrial, commercial, brand and interior design spectrum.
Our working method involves the simultaneous exploration of architectural synthesis and architectural research, delving into a wide range of issues related to the built environment and human spatial behavior. This complementary relationship drives our creative process at Splace Architecture. Our architectural process is collaborative, engaging with the users of our projects, and as a result, our workspace blurs the boundaries between working, presenting, and meeting.
Our design methodology thrives from our core values. We approach space as a complex and dynamic entity which operates as an intrinsic aspect of human spatial behaviour. Thus, we combine a wide spectrum of tools, theories & analyses that go beyond the apparent physical, functional or aesthetic parameters that govern architectural composition. At the same time, our pre-design activities with our clients help us and guide us along the design process.
‘Architecture should be like clothing. It should not only suit you well but also fit you properly.’ – Herman Herzberger. We approach architecture as a Sudoku-like process, meticulously placing each element in accordance with its relationship to the whole. In that sense, while designing we prioritize the dynamic interplay between the built environment and human behavior. With this overarching principle, we offer a diverse range of architectural services for various building types, including residential, commercial, educational, industrial, and retail.
We approach architecture as both an analytical and a synthetic process. Thus, we offer a wide array of consulting services related to pre-development evaluations, spatial analysis, and behavioral understanding, among others.
Physical settings “evoke complex human responses in the form of feelings, attitudes, values, expectancies and desires” (Proshansky et.al., 1970, p.28). Thus, we approach interior design as integrated into our architectural intentions. However, we could also offer additonal and more detailed services depending on the scope of the project.
The message is the medium’ (McLuhan, 1964). For us, visualizations are not only representational tools but also convey the meaning behind an architectural solution. As such, we meticulously produce in-house visualizations that align with the concept and scope of each project.
Chrystala Psathiti, founder of splace Architecture, holds a DiplArch from the University of Cyprus and an MSc in Spatial Design: Architecture & Cities from Bartlett, UCL London. She is currently pursuing a PhD at the University of Cyprus, funded by the National Scholarship Foundation and Youth Board Cyprus, while also serving as a visiting academic staff at Neapolis University Pafos. Her work explores the relationship between human spatial behavior and the built environment, with publications and exhibitions, including the Venice and Thessaloniki Biennales. She’s also received recognition, such as an honorable mention in the Architectural Competition for the cultural village of Lempa and the School of Fine Arts in Florina, Greece.