Cubuklu Vadi Homes

Cubuklu Vadi Homes

Architect
Emre Arolat Architecture
Location
Istanbul, Turkey
Project Year
2001
Category
Private Houses

Cubuklu Vadi Homes

Emre Arolat Architecture as Architects

The main inputs in the design of this project for a suburban residence and hotel complex to be built on a 1.5 million-m2 area were contextual features such as the unusual slope of the lot, the dense vegetation, and the view toward the north, as well as the effects of architectural languages regarding imagery which to a great extent have been exhausted in settlement projects previously carried out in the vicinity, plus the client’s expectations which had been molded by these languages.


The fact that a project already existed which had been designed for the same area by another architectural group, but was given up even though all legal procedures had been completed, caused the initial stage of the design to reached a point where scores would be settled with the impact of the project, which has many similar counterparts in which an architectural language claimed to be local is displayed through sloping roofs, broad eaves and bay windows. The distinguishing characteristics of this “prototype” building, which was designed taking into account the inputs of this specific “location”, were deck-like terraces which were detached from the ground as alternative gardens on this highly inclined lot, articulated terrace roofs as the fifth façade which formed the view of the residence behind it, modular materials which allow for industrial production, interior and exterior spaces which can easily be separated or brought together through sliding systems.


These characteristics were developed and maintained in the different types of residences with various sizes and the hotel building which is in the same area. The general settlement, which was also developed according to the location’s specificity, was shaped by matching a linear planimetric order with the existent forest roads. In the hotel situated on the highest portion of the site, the middle block, which consists of the recreational areas, and the bedroom wings, which were detached from this block, were fragmented according to the topography and the view.

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