Location: Istanbul, Turkey
Concept design for a mixed-use project located on two separate city blocks housing a two-story retail base, an office podium and tower, and a residential tower above. The planning developed from a courtyard massing strategy, pushing program to the perimeter to allow for an open central courtyard. The office components are expressed by defining towers on the primary outer corners and placing the residential towers towards the middle of the site, away from the busy street while optimizing views.
Fracturing the perimeter allowed pedestrian access to the courtyard from the street. The angular geometry was a direct response to zoning regulations and setback requirements. Dealing with the duality of public vs private, street-front vs courtyard, the outer perimeter was treated with a more solid materiality while the inner courtyard facing facades where transparent.