ALATAŞ ARCHITECTURE & CONSULTING
Photos courtesy of Ahmet Alataş, Ali Bekman, Gürkan akay
Mixed Tenure Housing and Buildings
Galata, İstanbul, Turkey
The building – located on Tatarbeyi Sokak, one of the most virginal and underdeveloped streets Galata District – is a residential project that extends beyond the conventional codes of the already-built environment, yet manages to reproduce these codes, respecting the existing architectural fabric.
The building is comprised of a wooden shell that covers the largely transparent living area in an uncompromising manner and set between two blind and extremely thin exposed concrete curtain walls. The wooden components on the front elevation run parallel to the glass façade that evolves into a saddle roof and entirely cover the front and back of the building. Perceived as a gigantic blind façade from one perspective, yet appearing as a translucent veil from the other, the wooden surface also functions as a sun filter. Comprised of parallel horizontal laths that angle at various points, the wooden element divides the façade into four as the middle segments expand outwards, towards the street; leaving the sides exposed, the wooden elements thus allow a view of the street and create a bay window effect that establishes a link between home life and life on the street.
Behind its impressive presence on the street, the building displays a plain and statuesque appearance that simultaneously blends into and stands out against the context without competing with the neighbouring historic buildings in its critical approach.