Two 17-storey salt crystal towers to be built in Larnaca Salt Lake City

Larnaca Technopolis Salt Lake City consists of the following functions, services and facilities distributed vertically between two high-rise towers and horizontally between independent blocks along the perimeter:
· 16,800 m² of luxury apartments, of which 15,122 m² are indoors, 1,819 m² are balconies and 2,136 m² are gardens.
· 9,750 m² of offices in the tower, of which 8,462 m² are indoors, 938 m² of meeting and seminar rooms, 860 m² of open balconies and 630 m² of indoor gardens.
· 6,200 m² of retail space, of which 3,304 m² are indoor spaces and 2,703 m² are roof gardens.
· 16,442 m² of landscaped gardens and green spaces on the ground floor, themed with local vegetation and extensive water surfaces.
· 32,800 m² of underground utilities, of which 9,688 m² are reserved for 775 parking spaces, 3,766 m² for storage space and 926 m² for a spa and wellness center.

The large-scale environmental approach of the Salt Lake City master plan, consisting of landscaped gardens and green spaces, combined with an environmental approach and a direct link to sustainable architectural concepts such as renewable energy and sky gardens, makes this project the greenest high-rise project on the island.

Situated in a prime strategic location, the intention is to create a "City within a City" with the integration of upgraded urban infrastructure and facilities, thereby simultaneously upgrading all existing and surrounding features.

The introduction of the aforementioned features, services and facilities, conceptualized around a vast landscaped and thematic expanse of intertwining vegetation between walking and cycling paths, bodies of water and wide vistas, guarantees a complete facelift and modernized aesthetic of the new concept. an urban and architectural language that is sure to bring a new dynamic to the neighborhood and the Larnaca area as a whole.

Themed gardens, cafeterias, restaurants, shops, art galleries, cultural workshops and exhibition halls accessible to the public between the ground floor and the first 3 levels guarantee the movement of the population throughout the day within the project.

The landscape park to the west acts as an extension or introduction of vegetation to the art and cultural workshops, through continuous footpaths and or cycle paths extending to the site and rising to the highest level of both towers.

In the north, the "Hub" office (an open-plan, block-type functional space) for rent (per square meter and/or per day) is a new trend for freelancers looking for a pleasant working environment in a mixed, modular, and multifunctional environment. structure, with all services and amenities included.

This concept of a three-level horizontal block with garden terrace intermediate levels encloses and surrounds the project itself with public retail functions (art galleries, cultural exhibition halls, restaurants, cafeterias, shops, etc.), thus blocking off the existing surrounding infrastructure and built-up network. while presenting a landscape master plan of various intertwined artistic and cultural elements.

The architectural block concept around two towers, based on a structural grid of 5m x 10m, makes it possible to differentiate or combine open space modules from 50m2 to 700m2 upon request.

Until fully exploited, unused modular spaces can be converted into green areas through landscaping, extending green parkland from the west side of the site to the site itself in the form of vertical and/or hanging gardens at various levels throughout the territory.

The cultural and art workshops to the west of the project, which stretch towards the southern boundary of the site, were conceptualized to anticipate the project's future expansion along the southern vacant land, throughout. East to the Mackenzie strip, which may be a continuation and intersection of landscaped walking and cycling paths, linking the project and its new integrated features to one of Larnaca's most visited seasonal coastal strips.

This new concept of modular environments requires architectural interventions with flexible structures to guarantee the unknown factors of duration (with respect to lease) and function (of type).

Artists, cultural sites, art galleries, workshops and sophisticated culinary services will be intertwined in a vast landscaped area spanning thousands of square meters, offering visitors and locals the opportunity to combine work and pleasure in a modular and redefinable environment.

Another important feature of the Salt Lake City project is its individuality, since when working with mixed-use projects in such vast areas, the ability to distinguish and visually recognize different functions among themselves is of paramount importance.

As a result, the visitor can immediately determine his "target" location and go to it along the shortest route, without getting lost and without moving along the project.

Consequently, an architectural "language" of materials has been assigned to specific functions in order to distinguish them visually.

The workshops (acting as a link between the green park area and the rest of the landscaped master plan) are wrapped in a sheath of wooden shutters with functional attributes, depending on the orientation of the workshop vertical and/or horizontal curtains are used depending on the sunlight. cycle and local climatic conditions.

The two towers of Salt Lake City rise to a height of 75m offering clear, uninterrupted and breathtaking views of Larnaca City (North), the Mediterranean Sea (West), Larnaca International Airport (South) and the Salt Lake (East).

Separate double-height entrance lobbies filter access to and from the two main vertical lift functions, and offer large areas of galleries and exhibition space, terrelate and/or distinct, yet coexist.

Last but not least, two levels of underground parking with approximately 385 spaces each will serve the residents of the building, as well as the general public, in an attempt to create new urban and social infrastructure services derived from the introduced new thematic features, the highlight of which will be a luxury spa. -a center and wellness center located below a landscaped water pond, which will create natural light and wells to filter water through the basement.

Water features present at ground and basement levels, through shallow landscaped ponds and falling waters, are reminiscent of the nearby Mediterranean Sea (all year round) and the flooded Salt Lake (in winter) through reflective surfaces that filter and diffuse natural light over various areas and volumes.

Consequently, the architectural layout and redistribution of proposed features at the Salt Lake City master plan level were conceptualized in such a way that their horizontal and/or vertical attributes could be modified to interconnect and/or change but co-exist between them.