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Melkan Gursel & Murat Tabanlioglu

Housing  /  Completed
Melkan Gursel & Murat Tabanlioglu
Reviving a tradition in the contemporary form

The long stretch of water divides the exotic city of Istanbul into two continents, defining the land mass as either Asian or European.
For many years, unplanned and uncontrolled clusters of similar buildings, many of them without architects and even without building permits, resulted in poor environmental growth overlooking the Bosporus. Alternatively, in accordance with the Bosporus latter view area and building regulations, a contemporary residential project consisting of three low-rise apartment blocks is planned, primarily envisaging the protection of the silhouette.

The traditional mansion house (konak) owned and shared by extended Turkish families of Istanbul, usually with typical large and low windows, allowing a panoramic view of the Bosporus at all interior spaces. Mimicking the “konak” life style and vernacular approach, the project is basically designed for the landowner and their close friends and relatives who would enjoy sharing the communal atmosphere interpreted with a contemporary approach, classically located in greenery overlooking the Bosporus. Each block containing 6 apartments and with 4 garden-floors, there will be only 22 residential units in total.

On the direction of Bosporus overlooking the Istinye road, the transparent façade dissolves in the greenery and opens up to the view whereas the rear side of the building is preferred to be more introvert protecting the sub-rosa of the bedrooms facing the exiting residential development. Maintaining the height and the angles, the regular roof form is re-interpreted in the shape of wings; benefiting the daylight at optimum, in addition, extra volumes derived from this unusual manipulation of form and granted spacious rooms with high-ceilings. Less lighted section in the middle, where the two residential units join at each floor of the blocks, are reserved for the wet areas. The apartment blocks rise on a single console housing the shared areas reaching the landscape.

As the crucial element of the architecture are the terraces and balconies; integrated with the existing green environment, the open areas divided from interiors only by transparent glass walls which are also flexible to operate wide open, so the living rooms may become an elongation of the exterior at times. With a new architectural approach, the internal continuity of the forms of the project units is planned while environmental harmonization is counted as a must. The communal areas located at the console and the surrounding mutual garden serve as a gathering platform for the neighbors.


 7100 mq
 Tabanlioglu Architects
 Melkan Gürsel & Murat Tabanlioglu, Murat Cengiz, Çağrı Akay, Aybala Öz, İ.Gökhan Çatıkkaş, Seray Öztürk, Tuğçe Tunavelioğlu
 Emre Dörter


Tabanlıoğlu Architects is established in 1990 by Murat Tabanlıoğlu and his father Hayati Tabanlıoğlu, and Melkan Gürsel (AIA Int.) joined the group in 1995.

Istanbul-based architectural firm, with its long family tradition, started with Dr. Hayati Tabanlioğlu since 1950’s.

Spanning over six decades, the office demonstrates a professionalism based on rigor and know-how. Searching for new efficiencies in terms of global and environmental needs and developments, the practice is currently engaged in major assignments worldwide, having offices in Ankara, Dubai, Doha and London with 200 employees. Operating mainly in Turkey, MENA and CIS Countries, winner of international awards like RIBA International, Tabanlıoğlu works comprise wide range of building types.

Respecting resources and existing values, office aims high to benefit new technologies, envisioning needs of people of our era of novelties and rapid changes.

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