The modern kiosk at the Limassol Municipal Garden

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Social Life

In 1960, the city limits of Limassol reached only as far as the point where the Municipal Garden begins today, and that area was considered a destination for country walks away from the city. At that time, options for going out were relatively fewer, so the idea of a modern kiosk – café in the heart of the garden was an interesting alternative for all.

The café was designed by architect Fivos Polydorides and it was considered a true jewel for the Municipal Garden, and an excellent piece of modern architecture, harmoniously combining smooth curves and clean lines, creating a modern concept which connected seamlessly with its natural surroundings. The café became a venue family outings in Limassol, boasting an eclectic and beautiful environment, and affordable for all (especially in an era when most people were not particularly wealthy).

At the same time, this cozy and modern space was also suitable for meetings between local and foreign businessmen, mostly in the wine trading business, who would come to Limassol to explore the local produce. At the time, the city had only a few coffee shops on the seafront and entertainment venues with music (such as ‘Kyma’, near The Royal Apollonia Hotel, which was not easy to reach, especially without a car). Thus, the café of the Public Garden was a venue that managed to cover the space in between these two spectrums.

Now, the main building of the café is still in operation, partly preserving its original form. However, as the Municipal Garden no longer carries the same allure as a ‘countryside’ destination, the café has also changed its character to suit the times. 

The architect Fivos Polydorides offered his services pro bono for this project, wanting to give something back to the city and its people.

Pictures: Photo Varouj
Information: Fivos Polydorides

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