Semi-open retail facility in Turkey features perforated shades referencing grape vines
Located in the largest city of the Aegean Coast of Turkey, the semi-open Asmaçatı Shopping and Meeting Point represents the lifestyle of Izmir where people prefer to spend time outdoors with respect to the warm climate. Inspired by the climate and tradition of spending time outdoors the facility naturally creates leisure zones between shops; it is not only a place to shop but also an enjoyable public space where people meet and share quality time.
With an extraverted architectural projection that integrates with the street, the concept of spending pleasant time outdoors sheltered in the shade of an arbor has been the originating point for Asmaçatı shopping and life centre project. With reference to the traditional gazebo model, the tops or sides of the structure are surrounded by ivy plants (usually grape leaves in İzmir (Turkish) ‘Asma’ means both grapevine and suspending).
A semi-covered space was created by using a metal mesh inspired by leaves and ivies on the roof of the centre. In the same manner, emphasis on creating a sense of arbor was supported by elements outside of the building. Open air patios offer a relaxing feel under the shadow and glitters of the bower made up of contemporary material, mimicking grape leaves of the local landscape. In a local understanding that blends traditional and modern, visually and physically meeting with nature, Asmaçatı establishes a unique relationship with its users.
The festive atmosphere fosters natural encounters between diverse people therefore Asmaçatı is expected to be the scene of many interesting moments. Asmaçatı-SMP merge with the city as a contemporary platform located between the sea, the mountain and the road trio; forming a lively ‘rest stop’, a link, between the permanent and temporary.