On Thursday, December 22, the Minister of Transport, Communications and Public Works Yannis Karousos announced a long-awaited tender for the construction of a new archaeological museum in Nicosia.
In honor of this important event, an identical event was organized in the building of the current Museum of Archaeology of Cyprus, at which a new project was presented.
Karousos said that applications from the participants of the competition will be accepted until July 1, 2022. Then, by the end of the year, a contract will be signed with the winner of the tender. The total duration of the project will be 60 months. Of these, 42 months will be spent on the construction of the building, and 18 months will be spent on moving the exhibits to the new museum.
The new archaeological Museum in Nicosia will become the largest state cultural project of the country. Its rapid implementation is proof of the support of the President of our country, who took the project under his personal control. The construction of a new archaeological museum is part of a broader strategy of the state, which will contribute to the development of other related sectors," the minister said.
Thanking and congratulating the experts who contributed to the completion of the research for the announcement of the tender, Karousos expressed confidence that the new museum will become the pearl of the Mediterranean and Europe.
In turn, the Mayor of Nicosia said that the residents of the city will eagerly and enthusiastically observe the progress of the project until its completion.
It is worth noting that the design of the new museum was developed by the Greek studio XZA Architects.
The company won the tender for the creation of the project within the framework of a two-stage international competition held in 2018. The corresponding contract with the architectural bureau was signed on March 4, 2019.
According to the release, the archaeological museum will be erected on the site of the old General Hospital of Nicosia, at the intersection of Jawaharlal Nehru and Heilonos Avenues, next to the Pedios River, not far from the existing Archaeological Museum and the House of Representatives. The building area will be 40 thousand m2.
Along the river bank there will be three snow-white buildings of the museum, mounted on transparent glass cubes.
Each of the buildings will house permanent and temporary exhibitions, divided into three concepts "Culture, the World Around us" and "The Sea". The buildings will be surrounded by terraced gardens with trees and waterways, and in the center there will be an atrium where it will be possible to hold lectures in the open air. A recreation area and educational facilities are planned on the banks of the Pedieos River: there will be restaurants and cafes, buildings for temporary exhibitions, as well as a library and rooms for master classes. An underground parking lot will also be opened at the museum.
The new buildings will replace the old building of the late 19th century in Nicosia, which can no longer accommodate the entire collection of antiquities.
According to the architect, the museum will be illuminated by natural light and the line between the artificial landscape and the environment will be erased. This is done specifically to link the traditional era of the golden age of Greece with modern reality.
The cost of the project is estimated at more than 120 million euros.
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