Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.
Bebek House in Istanbul, Turkey by Ofist
September 29th, 2016 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: Ofist
Designed in 1970 by the acclaimed Turkish architect Professor Nezih Eldem, the apartment building is situated amidst the Sultan Ayse Woods in the much sought after district of Bebek.
A clear representative of its era, every apartment has been placed on different elevations on each and every floor. Hence creating a considerably spacious environment whilst preserving an affinity with the human scale.
Every apartment has its own special features such as hidden gardens, several petite balconies, tranquil roof terraces, easily accessible multiple entrances and intricate and yet practical staircases all due to architect’s command of space, form and function.
The example portrayed here, one of the two duplex penthouse apartments of the building encompasses a spacious roof terrace with a wonderful view of the Bebek bay, many little balconies on different levels, a delightful garden in the back with its own outside entrance and a balcony conveniently placed in front of the main living area which overseas the enchanting landscape of the woods and the amazing view of the bay.
38 years after its inauguration, Ofist was given the task of converting this distinctive apartment into a contemporary dwelling place for an urban family with 2 teenagers. Reorganizing space, and while doing so paying obeisance to the original design and the legacy of this renowned architect was a big challenge but at the same time their biggest guidance. Given the architect’s sensitivity and attention to detail in considering and integrating environmental, natural and human elements were the criteria that also defined our perception of the project.
General approach of Ofist consisted of demolishing the additions, partitions and the divisions where possible, thus creating a unity of space.
Whilst unifying the look and the tactility of the floor, they decided to multilayer the ceiling of the main living area. This was achieved by creating asymmetric levels and enhancing this with concordant combination of wallpapers.
In order to pay homage to the building’s original time and character Ofist used the aesthetic conception of the era on some of the furniture, divisions, and staircases.
The design work and its implementation had taken a whole of nine months, however for furniture and accessories to settle and find their places a further three months were needed.
During this whole process what satisfied the architects of Ofist the most was the owners’ great appreciation for what has been created and that they are also utilizing the entire premises to its full extend.