The project is located in the district Samandıra, suburb on the Asian side of Istanbul characterized by buildings for industrial and office use. The project is is inserted in a context characterized by poor quality buildings and in strong transformation, facing directly on the highway that crosses the city longitudinally overcoming borders and ensuring a high strategic position. The design concept provides a simple configuration of two elementary rectangular volumes arranged parallel to each others and aligned on the northeast-southwest axis. The form provides a simple structural grid regular and the respect of the standard distribution and functional interiors. The building facing the road (block A) consists in 3 floors above ground and the other building (block B) 4 floors above ground. The two blocks are placed on a basement of 4 underground floors which hold all technical installation areas and service for cars.
In the development of design was really important a rational use at the glass surfaces, keeping costs low and making sure the exposure of the facades of the building to avoid excessive sunlight or otherwise excessive heat loss. The fully glazed ground floor holds the showroom and creates a floating effect of the buildings, giving lightness and transparency. The upper floors provide a mix of offices and showroom gallery to the block A, with parking and offices for the block B. The facade was designed as a system of vertical blades applied to the main structure, which originate a form inspired by the light and fluid design of BMW. The facade generates movement forming folds that stretch and contract, digging the surface and determining openings and projections, showing the underlying surface. These elements provide a solar control intercepting sunlight from east and west and from the south thanks to the positioning of a perforated mesh in front of the windows. In this way it ensures a high comfort inside the offices ensuring optimum light and temperature requirement.
To the south the presence of shielding is higher and the structure looks more closed, while in the courtyard between the two buildings, the facade opens thanks to a dynamic movement that like a curtain moved by the wind gets up and makes it possible to connect the two structures through 2 bridges on the first and second floor. In this way it is limited the use of excessive material where not needed. This blade system makes also possible the use of floors shell surfaces for the installation of components of air treatment without problems in the overall aesthetics of the buildings.
Canan Şen Öztabak
Mehmet Berk Bostancı