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The Nova Factory and Office building, Gebze, Turkey

Monday 18 Feb 2008

Sign and symbol

Images: Helene Binet 
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Tabanliogue Architects complete the the Nova Factory and Office building in Turkey 

The Nova Factory and Office building is the headquarters of Turkey’s largest manufacturer of large-format illuminated and non-illuminated signage. The ‘L-shaped’ plan utilises a simple orthogonal structure with a three-storey office building incorporating showrooms and staff and visitor restaurants, fronting the flat-roofed production space. A subtle curve is introduced in the main façade, a ‘trace’ of a wheel, alluding to the fact that the founder of Nova was formerly one of Turkey’s most accomplished motor-rally drivers.
Raw materials enter the factory from the western end and exit as finished products from the eastern loading dock. The production space houses a number of assembly lines where a diverse range of materials – plastics, aluminium, GRP and steel – are assembled into individual signs. Rooflights relate to the layout of ‘tezgahs’ or work tables, so that much of the work is done in natural light.
Cladding materials are principally glass and insulated metal panels. It is intended that the logos of Nova’s principle clients should be incorporated on the façade. On the south-facing elevation a combination of horizontal louvres, internal screens, double-glazing and blinds control the internal environment. Office partition walls perpendicular to the façade are rendered in primary colours.
Conceptually the building is itself a sign, a vast hoarding and an advertisement for the quality of the Nova product.
The Nova Factory completed in 2007 and the consruction area is 28.000 m² and site area is 39.000 m².

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Status completed
Value 18(m€)
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Tabanlioglu Architects

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