INTERVIEW: Marinos Panagi the man behind limassol’s new gem “Ventus” talks to the Cyprus Daily!

An architect who believes in innovation, modern fabrication methods and digital design. Do you really think we have passed into a new era in the field of building design and construction?

In several points of human social development, the technological revolution has upgraded and transformed economic, social and cultural life, factors directly linked to cities architecture. The new digital technologies, which are the modern tools of conceiving ideas, processing, constructing and using the architectural object, have altered both the design process and the architectural effect.

In this digital age of composite building styles, the main argument is that it advances to a different kind of architecture, while at the same time offering opportunities to redefine the role of the architect in building production and construction.

How wide is the spectrum of this new era?

Architectural projects are a composite process and particularly complex when referring to large-scale projects with unique geometry and specific spatial requirements. Through the potential offered by these new tools, design innovation, new materials and techniques can be developed were can significantly enhance the structural and functional potential of a building.

Therefore, the aesthetics, the morphology, the textures, the technical characteristics etc. which form the overall structure of a building can now be analyzed and processed in depth using digital design methods that are taking all the variables / elements involved in the process with the ultimate goal of a new building architecture.

Who is exactly the area you specialize in?

The exploratory process in producing pioneering ideas, their development and application later in the real world. As an architectural research core, the goal behind this process is to produce ideas through the analysis of parameters defined by each project and evolutionary thinking, combining the basic principles of architecture with the characteristics of the digital revolution. By thus elevating geometric forms that are approached with design freedom, overcoming standardized logic while improving user experience through a new dynamic, structured environment.

Ventus Limassol. It is referred to as the first superstructure building in Cyprus. What exactly does this mean and what is different from the buildings we know so far?

The project structure could be characterized as a very special for Cyprus standards. It consists of the large central column-spaceframe designed of specially reinforced concrete in total 10 meters height, which is developed from the basement to reach the ground floor of the first floor, located 7 meters above the natural ground. This particular level also from specially designed reinforced concrete acts as an overhead foundation zone for the upper 6 floors of the complex metal structure. The overall composition of these techniques from a structural point of view is considered as superstructure.

However, its design is really impressive. What was the source of inspiration?

The proposal attempts to activate the dynamics of space and requirements for producing a particularly original form. The inspiration came through the changing dynamic activity of the motorway, and the analysis and interpretation in relations of velocity and motion flows for the correlation and conversation of the project site with its environment. The building manages the concept between observer and field of view, differentiating from conventional geometric forms, unfolding particular sensations in the space experience.

How this particular location was chosen for its construction?

In the last few years, the project wider area has been transformed into a new commercial point of Limassol with unique features, as it penetrated by the main motorway connecting the two major circular hubs of the city’s traffic junction and as the connecting artery of Paphos – Nicosia and Pafos – Larnaca.

After data interpretation, the parameters of the project site have been responded to the creation of a new identity in the wider region. Therefore, it is attempted the creation of an “emblematic” building with supralocal characteristics that could be defined as a reference point, mainly for its users. The project site may be the largest in the area, which providing remarkable synthetic features, such as the mid-rise office spaces where can accommodate up to 300 employees.

When can we expect it to be completed?

This particular project is complex and consists of a contributors group who manage its development. Scheduling sets out to start the construction work in early October and is expected to be completed within 20 months of the start date.

Should we expect in the near future such a similar impressive design in Limassol or some other city?

The Architects Research Core has participated and proposed projects from a range of countries, including Russia, Finland, Norway, United Kingdom, Greece and Cyprus. Projects ranging from museums, libraries, shopping centers, high-rise buildings, urban development and residences. This evolution procedure is continuing in Cyprus as well as in new markets such as the region.

Architect short bio

Marinos Panagi is the founder and director of REARC / architects research core. He is an awarded architect and entrepreneur, specializing in integrated application of advanced digital design technologies and ideas development in the fields of contemporary architecture.

Through a series of unique design projects, Marinos has developed a reputation for his entrepreneurial thinking on creating buildings that are technically innovative, produced in dynamic forms and unique environments. His international experience includes important projects on all scales ranging from cultural and public buildings to hi-rise buildings and mixed-use developments, as well as in major, European and International architectural competitions.