Theoni Xanthi beat 129 other proposals, which were submitted to the communication and works ministry for the construction of the new museum, to win the competition. The project to construct the new museum is set to cost some €50 million and as the winner of the contest, Xanthi will be invited to develop the architectural proposal as well as prepare the specifications which will be part of the tender documents for the selection of contractors with whom they will work on the final design and on supervision of construction.
The second and third prizes went to Pedro Pitarch Alonso from Spain and Paul Kaloustian from Lebanon, respectively. The first place winner in the competition won €100,000, while the second and third winners received €70,000 and €40,000 respectively and the seven finalists received €25,000 each.
The current Cyprus Museum in central Nicosia first opened during the British occupation in 1882, and holds the world’s most extensive collections of Cypriot antiquities with only a fraction of items currently on display. The Neoclassical building, designed by N Balanos, features 14 chronological display halls surrounding a central block containing offices, a library and laboratories. Meanwhile, the new museum will be constructed on the site of the Nicosia Old General Hospital, with work scheduled to start sometime next year.