Refurbishment explores the joys of integrating old and new
As the advertising agency ‘Medina Turgul DDB’ rented the old salt repository in Kasimpasa,Istanbul which once belonged to TEKEL (Turkish State Liquor and Tobacco Monopoly), extensive restoration and revitalization projects were prepared. In order to fulfill the program, mezzanine floors needed to be constructed and connected inside the existing space which was very powerful with its thick stone walls and more than 10 mt.high galleries.
Different departments of the agency and their work space were designed, in accordance with the galleries. Without touching the stone walls and respecting the existing empty-full relationship inside the space, a secondary structure in glass and steel was designed. All the electromechanical installation was designed to be going through the consolidated roof trusses. In order to protect the original texture of the building, all the pointings of the stone walls were washed and consolidated with solutions that were specified after chemical analyses. Ruined and damaged parts of the walls were restorated.
The project was enriched by the lighting design done by Paola Urbano, from Italy.