Low rise residential complex by Swanke Hayden Connell completes in Istanbul
Swanke Hayden Connell Architects (SHCA) has completed its 92-unit residential Bomonti complex in a neighbourhood area of central Istanbul. The project was undertaken for the Extensa Group, a European property developer whose headquarters is in Belgium, which originally commissioned SHCA to provide a master plan for a 2.4 hectare site which includes several development plots and an existing organic market.
The aim of the project was to design a ‘low-rise rather than high-rise’ building that is respectful to the surrounding context as well as maximising the saleable floor area within the local permit regulations,” said Nick Birchall, head of the SHCA Istanbul office.
Ozlem Gokce General Manager Extensa Istanbul said: “SHCA has designed a high quality and environmentally friendly apartment building that has created value for the investors and for the surrounding neighbourhood. As architects, they were responsive - providing creativity and value.”
The design approach has been influenced by the local context - the principal elevations face East and West - and has different design solutions to each aspect. On the East side there is a 'formal' design response to the surrounding narrow streets by stacking the apartments to form bays that reflect the local town house typology, thereby creating a vertical rhythm.
On the West side the building faces an organic market and has a more 'informal' design response grouping apartments in a horizontal arrangement which includes sliding louvers to the windows, the position of which can change according to residents’ preferences. Timber clad balconies are located in a random pattern which is in keeping with the spirit of the informality of the adjacent market place.
The building skin has been designed in accordance with international standards and provides a higher thermal insulation than local code requires. The sliding timber louvers on the West facade help to reduce solar radiation and prevent over-heating on this façade, where the sun hits with the lower angle. A mirror clad light-well located in the centre of the building enables natural light to penetrate the common areas. Natural materials used externally on the facades, including stone and timber, provide an authenticity and a sense of permanence to the design.