Chriso Xenophondos

Frederick University

Department of Architecture


by Chriso Xenophondos 

The wider area of study is located in Agios Andreas in Nicosia where the Kiniras, Museum and Nexrou Avenues meet. The Children’s Museum will be integrated in the area of the old Municipal Theater and there will be a uniform connection and involvement of the outer space in the operation of the museum. The area is considered very important because it is located near the city center where it will be surrounded with places with high prospects, which are included in government services like the Courts of Law and the House of Representatives, as well as the space of the old General Hospital of Nicosia. The area is used for leisure and commerce and is exactly near the “Nicosia Wall”, the most important monument. The park area, especially after the collapse of the Municipal Theater roof, does not benefit from major exploitation. A linear park along the river comes in contact with the western point of the plot with future planning proposals that consider alternative routes. The creation of small galleries and quaint shops is proposed which are expected to increase the interest of the visitors to go to the park. On the south side of the plot there is a former cafe space that has not been operational for some years. The proposal for this area includes the reopening of the cafe with the appropriate layout mainly for children but also for adults. Transfering the House of Representatives in another building favors the creation of the Children's Parliament with the use of some areas of the existing building. Αlso in the park there will be toys installed, based on the design of the Children's Museum, while the site of the old General Hospital will be converted to a parking space with underground access to the museum. The Archaeological Museum, which is located opposite to the Municipal Theater, will become a Museum of Colonialism, intended for the enrichment of knowledge regarding that period. The existence of the old theater, the cafe-restaurant, the Parliament building, as well as the implementation of the new archaeological museum, the walls and the barricade make the area more than ideal for placing the Children's Museum at this specific location since all these are considered attraction poles for locals and tourists. All these make the southern part a piece of memory.


Chriso Xenophondos.  Frederick University, School of Humanities, Social Sciences and Law, Department of Architecture.