The Soul Of Istanbul

TEAM: İlkin Kavi, Ezgi Sevde Ezgin, Harun Hogir Tekin – Mar Yapı, CFK Architects

The basic purpose of this Project is making travelers feel that they are at home an give the oppurtunity to experience the culture of the place they visit. To reach this purpose, first, it has been decided in which city this project will be. The first priority is to make possible for the travelers design their own rooms also staying in a building reflects the culture, nature and history of İstanbul. To make that happen, we looked for the traditional houses in İstanbul.

The oldest residential areas in İstanbul are in Beyoğlu and coast of Bosphorus. We inspired by the waterside houses (yalı) which contained most of the population of İstanbul back in 1900’s. So we wanted to give that experience to the travelers who comes to this city.

The architecture of the buildings are spacious mostly open areas which can be used for many activities. The rooms are left empty except the main facilities (bathroom, kitchen) for travelers to design their own rooms with the provided (or their own) furniture. Most of the provided furniture are multi functional objects so they can have more space with less furniture or they can choose classic furniture and also divide the rooms they use by a portable screen or curtains. It is all up to the travelers decision. In these living areas all the rooms are in different colors and also the user can draw on the walls or any other place they like. By this, that travelers existence stays on that room.

In this project living areas are charged by the building
administration. To make the
charges cost less we designed the buildings as simple as possible also a mix of traditional and
modern architecture. The structure of the building is solid concrete and facades are covered with
wood, in some areas there are curtain walls.

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