Minthis Hills

Master-Planned Community Takes Shape in Cyprus

Capitalizing on Cyprus’ tourist economy, this 1,200-acre-site in the southwestern coastal city will be fashioned as both a residential complex and resort. Overseeing master-planning, architecture, interior design, and branding Woods Bagot’s scheme celebrates the Mediterranean island’s rich cultural history and natural environment. To preserve the landscape, only five percent of the site is being developed while the remainder will be left undisturbed.

The master plan focuses on improving the existing golf course and 12th-century monastery, as well as building 600 villas, a clubhouse, taverna, wellness spa, and shops. The firm’s design research arm, SUPERSPACE, carried out an analysis of the plots of land and classified each by topography and orientation which informed the number of villa types required in future phases.

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The Village Square will become the central community comprised of the clubhouse and public gathering spaces which were inspired by nearby local villages. This central space helps to pull the masterplan together by linking the golf course’s clubhouse with referential architecture across the site.

Each building takes on contemporary forms—abstract versions of Cyprus’ traditional architecture from the mountain region—alluding to contextual materials such as stone and rich timber details while also incorporating natural ventilation and open-plan interiors that are ideal for the moderate climate. All of the buildings are situated along the natural contours of the land to protect the hilltops and ridges. This organic arrangement allows residents and guests to enjoy views of both the Troodos Mountains dotted with vineyards as well as the seaside.

A wellness spa, which has been sited intentionally away from the rest of the development, will be located next to a 25-meter lap pool and house hydrotherapy pool, gym, treatment rooms, and a yoga studio all complemented by a landscaped courtyard and topped with overgrown green roofs.

The residences are comprised of four different types of styles and range varying from one- to two-bedroom apartments, villas, and single-family residences with views of the sloping hills and the Mediterranean sea. While each vary in size and configurations, they are all unified by a reinterpretation of the traditional Cyprus hillside home, characterized by traditional stonework, timber structures and large framing to take advantage of the surrounding natural beauty.

Client

Pafilia Property Developers Ltd

Status

Construction Process

Location

Paphos, Cyprus

Completion Date

2020

Size

5 million square meters