Nowadays, we are faced with a glut of construction under the name of urban transformation in Istanbul, especially in Anatolian side. Therefore, the centre of gravity of the housing production is shifting to the heart of the city. In this respect, architecture is becoming much more important to the city. Urban transformation defined in a wrong way and this definition creates a competitive environment. There has become facts of ‘demolition-build’ and ‘build-sell’. Competition environment has been increasing rapidly with the increasing number of housing.
In these days, housing projects are evaluated according to lifestyle of the projects and architectural values instead of location and square meters of the houses. Facade of buildings, wet areas, recreation areas and landscape are the most important things for the choice of luxury housing complex. These things are also getting important for the apartment in the city centre.
Arklife, which is located in Göztepe, is designed due to all these conditions. Plot of the building is facing to two different streets. Therefore, plan scheme is designed for two flats, which have same square meters and same vista, one is located on front and the other one is located on the back of the building. Recently, construction firms do not prefer balconies in order to get more square meters for interior area due to economic concerns. However, this situation is causing dissatisfaction for the occupants because it is still possible to experience four seasons in Turkey.
In Arklife Building, wide balconies in front and back facade are designed with the support of the occupants. Interior materials of the balconies and movement of the facade which are made of wood, provide to feel itself as a mass for each floor and also contribute to movable front and back facades.
Long side facades are occurred due to the long and thin plot of the project. On these long facades; colour difference in plaster, shifts in position of the windows, metal meshes and jambs are used in order to emphasizing the originality of each house.