Ayia Napa, Cyprus
70 acres, 600 slip marina, 28 hectares
Architecture, Engineering, Landscape Architecture, Master Planning, Programming, Urban Planning and Design
Located at a maritime crossroads in the eastern Mediterranean, Cyprus has a long history of seafaring and international commerce dating back to the Phoenicians. Helping to extend this legacy, SmithGroupJJR is working with the project developer to create a premier resort destination centered around a 600-slip mega-yacht marina. The firm is providing integrated planning and design services for the entire mixed-use development, including private residences, a high-rise condominium tower, community event center, retail, a working waterfront and boatyard, and luxury resort amenities.
Because the site is exposed to massive storm waves 6 to 8 meters high, harbor protection is critical to project success. Applying the latest in coastal modeling and engineering technologies, the design uses massive manmade armor units to create a breakwater that can withstand this punishing sea. The resulting harbor creates a tranquil setting for a vibrant marina village featuring amenities and attractions for residents, visitors and the Ayia Napa community. Shoreline ecological enhancements will establish public-access beaches, while the striking events center will host large gatherings and weddings. The architecture is also highly responsive to its coastal setting, emphasizing vernacular materials and innovative sun shading.