Nicosia Art Museum

Best Architectural Design for a Museum

About the project
The aim of this Museum was to revitalize the eastern part of the walled city of Nicosia known as the last divided capital of the world, and gaining some tourist traction in the surrounding areas. The design's main concept was inspired by the Bi-communal agreement that unified the two states underground whilst remaining divided on top, therefore the museum was made to house contemporary arts and sculptures from both states, celebrating unity underground when it is disputed above, and in case of unification, it will stand as a monument of how dark the separation once was, by the use of light and shadow in the lower exhibition spaces. The design is made in consideration of the surrounding context, skyline, and didn't try to take attention from what is already a monument of its own The Lusignan house which was integrated with the museum and housed the ottoman arts exhibition. Overall creating a journey for the visitor from old to new, and from top to bottom, and from light to dark.

Cyprus, Nicosia, Lefkosa, Walled City

Project created in

Mustafa Ahmed Gaber, Research Assistant in Near East University, B. Arch: «I am Egyptian National, I traveled to pursue my passion for Architecture in Cyrpus and thankfully graduated with High honors of being the Valedictorian of the Faculty for the class of 2018—2019 at the age of 21.
I am currently pursuing my master's degree, alongside working at the university I graduated from, whilst participating in competitions and working on research articles in preparation for my thesis».