This project is located in Limassol, Cyprus, in the area focus of the tourist industry, close to the city centre. Aura is the major new 46 storeys luxury residential development which will provide 32,338 sq m of residential accommodation, 3,160 sq m retail units and other recreational areas combined with over 6,000 sq m storage and plant areas and 20,550 sq m of parking space.
Working in close collaboration with Foster + Partners and AKTII, Hilson Moran have designed the building with the goal of making it the most sustainable in the Mediterranean. Our emphasis has been on Environmental Design – employing techniques such as wind driven natural ventilation and self-shading from the buildings massing to reduce energy usage and CO2 generation.
The building’s environmental story began with considering the location and the attributes of the site: wind, sunlight and water. We thought about how energy is produced in the locality and which elements are particularly scarce – Cyprus suffers from one of the highest levels of water stress level in the Mediterranean.
The shape and form of the building has been developed so that it takes maximum advantage of natural resources. Each of the four sky villages in Aura have been designed to be passively ventilated with good levels of natural daylight. The natural light coming into these villages reduces the need for artificial lighting, whilst promoting the growth of plants which, in turn, improve the local environment and the wellbeing of Auras occupants.
The design took the maximum advantage of the considerable available sunlight by incorporating as much photovoltaics as possible. Detailed computer studies have shown which elements of the building’s façade have the greatest exposure to the sun and therefore can generate the most energy through PV.
To address scarcity of water in the region we have incorporated the most up to date developments in low-flow fixtures and appliances and that goes even further by capturing and recycling grey water from baths and showers to be re-used for irrigation of the gardens.
Aura sets the new standards and becomes an example of technological innovation and sustainable development.