2013-14 Limassol, Europe’s Trendiest Town

The upcoming and nearly completed projects around my hometown Limassol are really taking shape. I keep seeing all these photographs of how my town has transformed. I must admit not all developments are for the improvement of the city. Two hideous twin towers named the ‘Olympic Residence’ are generically designed with no inspiration taken from the historic architecture of the town. In a couple of years time when this design phase passes they will be nothing more than an eyesore. The development’s I’ve chosen to showcase in this post are the ones which I think will enhance the city. These developments I picked are also the ones very close to completion.

The image above shows the plaza area of the old port renovation. As you can see they have made use of the stone used in traditional village housing as well as combining it with some modern lighting. The wood used as hand rails keeps the colour scheme neutral.

The photos in this post are not mine, mostly found on the forum ‘Skyscraper City’ and the website ‘Lemessos Blog’

The Limassol Marina took some time to get used to. It’s a bold concept, my concerns were it would be separated from the main town, would be very elitist and not accessible to the public. The design was nice yet the houses were a little lacking in creative design. However the idea of a small beach is welcome as there isn’t really a nice small cove to hide from the world in Limassol and as long as it’s not private I will be happy. There will be a small shopping area with a few cafes but frankly I think Limassol has enough Cafe’s so I don’t really see the need. If incorporated with the seaside promenade it will be a nice addition to the town.

A new Limassol Museum? Just what is needed the old one is starting to get a bit too old and in need of renovation. However the plans for the new museum look striking and I think the space would really support any historical artifacts and displays of history.

The development above is named ‘residence 51’ Very modern, yet if you look closer you can see the design has taken inspiration from the old town, the sliding shutters have some resemblance to the shutters in the Venetian style homes in the old town, and they look breathtaking.

Museum of Theater? Not really sure what they will display in it but I love the use of space, stone and concrete, it forms a great exhibition space and I look forward to visiting this summer.

Limassol Molos, probably Limassol’s landmark. I do like the redesign, slightly angry at the fact there will be less of the park and more parking. I am also angry there is another Cafe, I love coffee as much as the next guy but the quality of food and drink coming out of most of the current beach cafes really are not worth replicating.  I was also hoping for a little more glass and statement lighting. Sad again for the deconstruction of one of the fountain squares, I thought it had so much character. I am also angry about the fact they have reduced the number of Palm trees and have not cleaned the trunks yet. I’m sure I’ll get round to liking the redesign eventually it’s just from the plans I think a better job could have been done. I am looking forward to the ‘pond’.

Garillis park I couldn’t get an image for however this is probably my most anticipated development, a canal in the city with a linear park. Will really liven up the neglected neighborhoods.

Doors restaurant and lounge bar, thank you so much for keeping the old architecture and using it as art. Not sure what your food is like but I like the feel of the place.

Repaving of the old town, brilliant could do with a little more greenery but I should probably stop complaining. People can put pots of shrubs out themselves.

The Castle restaurant regeneration is great, the lighting is cool and blends the modern and old brilliantly. After all I think that’s what Limassol is all about.

Rental bikes, great now I can get home faster and avoid the heat. Now all that’s left is to build some shade for the cycle lane so my skin doesn’t burn and crumple into soot.

Concrete blocks over water? Let’s hope it looks better in real life.

Garden Project, It’s On (It’s also keen)

So I have a garden, two gardens to be exact. My garden in Cyprus appeals to me so much more, not only that I can plant sub-tropical plants. The picture above was taken in 2008. My garden is still pretty much the same today. Apart from 2 years ago I brought back a wedding table centerpiece of a tiny olive tree. I left it with my gran and it grew rather fast, sooner on later she did me a favor and planted it. In 2011 I bought 3 palm trees (King Palms just in case you’re interested) and planted them around the garden because of a few I spotted down a side road (Pictured Below) I had never seen any palm trees like that in Cyprus they looked really umm.. tropical with the white trunks the green base below the strong leaves nothing like the flimsy Fan palms that line the coast. So after lots of internet searches I tracked down the species and went and bought some. However I don’t just plan on making my little garden (dry barren piece of land) an area for Palms. This was just the start, I went to the official forestry nursery of Cyprus and picked up the tiniest two leafed passion fruit plant to cover the fence at the end of the garden, hopefully for some fruit, flowers and greenery to reduce the ‘industrial’ look. The passion fruit pictured below is one on an old grandma’s fence whose house got knocked down and I just remember that the passion fruit survived all the dust and rubble from the destruction of the charming old house. The old lemon tree will be the center piece as it already dominates its space. I also added a small pink flowering shrub.

So to sum up these are the main existing plants in the garden:

– Lemon Tree, Daphni Bush, Two odd trees, White Jasmin, Spiky plant, Olive Tree

Plants added in Summer 2011

– 3 archontophoenix alexandrae palms, 1 Passion fruit plant, One pink shrub, 1 chilli plant

Plants to add next summer

– Traveler’s Palm, Kentia Palm, Royal Palm, 4 Pineapple plants, 2 Banana Trees, flowering grass

So stay tuned! I will post the garden’s progress

 

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