A splash of colour

Nick Myall
Tuesday 05 Jan 2016

This multi-levelled showroom in Turkey makes use of three primary colours to create a range of effects

Artfully placed in 45,000 sq m of manicured landscape in Ankara, Turkey, 'ONS INCEK' is a luxury residential project consisting of three colourful towers containing 992 residences. Signalling the entrance of the residential complex, the multi-levelled showroom displaying the mock-up apartments, is designed with its contours sitting parallel to the inclined topography.  Located under the central atrium, the large model of the residential complex is at the focal point of the showroom. With varying modes of circulation, including ramps, stairs and elevators, the visitors are able to move with ease throughout the free space interior. The private offices are located on the top floor, while the residential complex models and sales associates are located at the ground level. At the basement level, the three fully furnished mock-ups of the apartments are displayed.

The interior of the showroom is enveloped with numerous vertical coloured glass panels. With its multi-levelled, exposed concrete structure, the showroom is predominantly a medium grey colour.  This creates a unified background for the colour of the glass panels to be more accentuated and visible from a distance. 

The three primary colours used were a turquoise blue, a warm green and deep yellow. A gradient of these colours was then created to move the eye along the contours of the building. As the coloured glass moves around the façade, the gradient moves from cool colours to warm colours and back to cool colours as the building form moves upward with the topography. The longest panels are ten metres in length, warm in colour, and signify the dramatic dip in topography. The shortest panels are cool coloured and help to signal the entrance to the building. With the variety of colours and lengths of the glass panels, colour becomes a performance element creating visual movement around the building. This movement is not only created by the colour and size of the glass panels, but the shadows that are cast. 

Nick Myall

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