Temple of the GOlden Trees - Cyprus

From the very start we have applied  therapeutic design ingredients that form the basis of the healing experience of the space.

Neuroaesthetics show us the importance of the whole sensory experience for the emotional well-being of children. Like a seed, the development of children is influenced to the extent that their environment is nurturing to them. In contrast to the perception of many adults, the direct sensory experience of children is key to establish a sense of exploration, restfulness, imagination and agency. This supports them in feeling engaged, safe, curious and confident to take their place in the world with dignity.

These design ingredients include abundant biophilic materials (such as pine and birch wood), access of natural daylight along shade through semi-transparent canvasses, organic shapes, harmonious proportions and pattern complexities.

The side aisles are meant to close the space and give refuge, while still allowing views to the natural landscape. In fall, we will install here various play elements and relaxing spots that have been co-designed by the children.

The main nave is created for a more expanded perception for wide movements and group activities. It draws the views up, stimulating awe and imagination.


Upcoming this fall

Next to the space we will create a therapeutic garden when the heat of the summer has faded. Also within the space, plants will get a more central place to bring it further alive. Further, we will install a set of refuge and play elements.

Location | Kofinou, Cyprus
Date | March – October 2023
Partner | Ministry of Interior – Cyprus
Project | Outdoor shaded CFS; creation of timber structures and play elements
Dimensions | 9 x 10 x 5 m, space for about 30 children