Suyabatmaz Demirel Architects
Arif Suyabatmaz, Hakan Demirel
Team M. Kocaman, O. Ülgen, E. A. Yaşuk, K. Atala, E. Yazkurt, D. Subaşı, M. Uzman
Client Mar Yapı

Location Bağcılar, Istanbul/Turkey

Size 100.000 m2

G-Plus Residential Project has been located in Bagcilar; a developing district of Istanbul through urban transformations. The district is on  Basin Express Highway which connects E-5 and TEM Highways and it is very close to International Ataturk Airport. In the terms of land stock, Bagcilar is ahead of the game comparing with other districts of Istanbul because of the old and idle industrial buildings located very near to the highway. In the urbanity context, all these features prove that G-Plus Residential Project has all the advantages on it’s side thanks to both its location and the large building plot. The proximity of the metro station is also another advantage of the land.

Erected on a land of 21.000 m2 in total, G-Plus Project is easily perceived from the both ways of vehicle traffic. After the integration of the building to the existing social and physical environment, the visual perception and its symbolic potentiality are the major design concerns while shaping our strategy and solution. Instead of creating a visually appealing random shape, the final design is based on our reading and understanding the place and the environment as well as on the basic requirements.

In order to sustain a direct relation with the surrounding environment, a public space with different levels and free access ground level has been considered as a precondition in the initial design phase. In this sense,  G-Plus Project offers its residents not only a technology supported life, but also different and rich opportunities integrated to the city to experience the diversity of alluring urban life.

Between the two main roads forming the upper and lower boundaries of the plot that has a level difference, the wide block is situated which houses the commercial units and social spaces. The semi-open passage in the middle of this horizontal block is one of the very well known spatial typologies of the urban life. It also provides an alternative access to the buildings above with its stairs and elevators. This passage typology also enables the shops to have day light and natural ventilation. This passage volume forms a strong base for the housing blocks above and enhances their connection with the ground.

Above the base, housing blocks has been situated carefully near the main streets so as not to block each others views. These blocks are formed with horizontal and vertical architectural elements. The tension between the horizontal and vertical elements, enhances visual identity of the building and differentiate it from surrounding buildings. Below the high-rise blocks lie the horizontal blocks with offices, shops and restaurants.  The area formed by these low-rise buildings is truly a public space in human scale, where people enjoy a common urban life. The semi-open spaces created by the sheltered arcade just in front of the shops and the restaurants encourage the use of this public space even more. Except for the ground levels, the first and the second levels of the low-rise buildings are allocated as office spaces. Hence, housing and office functions co-exist in the same building with separate accesses.

The housing blocks, one with 18 floors and other with 22, are located at the both opposite ends of the land. Thanks to the distance between these two blocks, each of them utilizes the view and daylight at the maximum not overshadowing each other. Despite the distance between, they are part of a single form. The rational planning of the blocks creates the flexibility in plans which responds to the needs in variation. Thus, the quantity and the allocation of different residential types may be re-designable in accordance with the requirements of the users or the investor.

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