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Guzelkent Social, Cultural & Retail Center, Istanbul, Turkey

Tuesday 08 Sep 2009

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New structure for mixed social and cultural facilities 

Güzelkent is projected as the social and cultural center of a 1400-unit-settlement. The project, named Social, Cultural and Retail Center, is built on a separate lot, at the entrance of Güzelkent housing complex, on the road through Kumburgaz, turnout of Güzelce Village.

Güzelkent is a community in which there is still the spirit of cooperative system and people who use and protect their public spaces. The neighbourhood units in Güzelkent, cooperate, develop friendships and spend time together, as if they have come from history.

The community’s primary request was a multi-purpose hall with 600-800 seats. They wanted to gather up all the members of the Co-op, for celebrations and activities like new years, holidays and meetings. The second request was a detailed spa, with a supermarket on the ground floor to serve the community inside and outside of the complex. And also an entertainment complex with a bowling club, movie theatre, computer games and cafeteria, was requested for the young generation of the community.

The project is the solution for these requests. Above the ground level, the facades have the best angle for the lighting and the simplest geometry. Horizontally cantilevered Windows used on three sides of the building. Interior is designed with minimal lines and without losing the properties needed for volume and size. The high quality image and interior properties are acquired by the use of enough timbered planes. Besides the use of natural materials like stone coating, timber, stainless steel and glass, pastel and light colors are also preferred. Knowing that, the process of building and the feedback during the construction are as important as the design process, MTM has operated the construction process, as well.

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