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Aura: A unique high-rise residential complex on the Limassol seafront

Aura, which is expected to be granted building permission soon, is a unique proposed high-rise residential complex that is expected to be built on the Limassol seafront.
Standing at 43 storeys tall, the tower will feature 2,3 and 4 bedroom apartments as well as 5 bedroom penthouses.

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Arranged in a vertical stack of four ‘sky villages’, each with an open courtyard at its base, the tower consists of a three-dimensional ‘pixelated’ elevation, with cantilevering terraces projecting out over 5m towards the sea to the south and mountains to the north. This 3D elevation self-shades the building on the more exposed south elevation from the sun and wind, making the balconies comfortable outdoor extensions of the apartments and contributing to a passive, sustainable environmental strategy for the building.

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The introduction of open courtyards at the heart of the building forces the traditional solid core to ‘dematerialise’ into an array of eight fin walls integrated within the apartment layouts; four in the north-south direction and four in the east-west. These are joined to form a rigid frame below each sky garden with a technical floor, housing the plant for each village. These transfer levels also allow space for deep-rooted trees and water tanks for their irrigation, as well as supporting every village independently. This innovative design for a tower combines technologies for high-rise construction with a domestic and sustainable village-like dwelling.

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With only eight fin-shaped walls touching the ground, the amenity and apartment floors are raised 25m above a 300m-long, 40m-wide park that sweeps uninterrupted under the tower, connecting the waterfront deep within the urban fabric. This not only provides the neighbourhood with a unique piece of public realm, but also contributes to the passive ventilation of the tower, park and surrounding area.

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Aura has been designed by the internationally prestigious architectural firm Foster+Partners, and is supported by a multitude of surveyors from Cyprus and abroad.

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