İstanbul, Türkiye 2022
Located in one of the world’s most incredible places, with historical and geographic significance, comprising the interior design of 6 high-end private residences. A new way of thinking, experiencing, and living the city of the two continents with a blended design of east and west.
At the crossroad of two continents, Asia and Europe, Istanbul is a megalopolis in perpetual motion and has been fascinating for centuries. Timeless and creative, steeped in history, offering a cultural showcase. You get lost with delight in its heritage, and engage with commercial and popular districts, spread far and wide on either side of the Bosphorus. This city brings together all the intrigues of history, mixing trade culture and a melting pot of peoples, globalisation before its time.
The city of Istanbul has preserved its importance throughout, with its unique geography and history. The significant waterway called ‘Bosphorus’, which is located in the middle of the city, divides two continents, Asia and Europe and connects two seas, the Black Sea and the Marmara Sea.
The calm of the Bosphorus view is used to contrast with the effervescence of the city that never sleeps. Like a peaceful sanctuary in the middle of hustle and bustle.
The project area is called Galata, located at the heart of the city, known as the main port and commerce area since the 13th century. From the ground floor of the building, through most of the windows of the residences, you can see one of the major UNESCO heritage sites of the world, the historical peninsula where Hagia Sophia, Suleymaniye Mosque and Topkapı Palace are located.
From the interior layout design to the material selection, we drew inspiration from the city, the location of the project, and the great history and not limited to just that, we were also inspired by the soul of the city and the lifestyle of the people.
Istanbul has many layers of different periods built on top of one another, creating a patchwork of historical and modern buildings. Instead of erasing the heritage, we embraced it to create a new language.
The contrast of the traditional with the modern is making İstanbul one of the most unique cities in the world. The city evolves constantly and renews itself while maintaining harmony with the great historical heritage.
Our main concept was to create a new design language from this interesting contrast. While you are looking out from the window to the most incredible historical sites, you are living in a modern and serene environment. The perfect harmony between the past and the present.
We also aimed to ensure that this incredible view became the most important factor in our design. Due to these two factors, our design approach became minimal, refined and elegant, applied with natural and earthy materials, far from all the unnecessary decorative elements that may catch the attention away from the essentials.
Designed with a sense of openness and lightness. With this idea, we planned interior layouts as open as possible, with minimal or no restrictions to the breathtaking views. All residences consist of a connected kitchen, dining and living as ‘one space’, located in front of the façade, directly facing the view.
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