Garden City Living
Mixed-Use Apartment Block
Office Tornavida Design Type New Construction Role Concept · Schematic Design Size 7500 m² Location Beylikdüzü, Istanbul Year 2013
This 34-unit speculative apartment building in a "garden city" suburb of Istanbul is oriented towards a planned park and recreation area extending seven kilometers down to the Sea of Marmara. The building is currently at the periphery of the neighborhood, but once the municipality’s master plan is executed, the center of activity will shift and this site will essentially serve as the pedestrian access point from the neighborhood to the upper end of the park.
In contrast with the gated, "tower in the park" model prevalent in the neighborhood, the building is set against the easements along two sides, opening the remainder of the site to the public. Commercial functions, which line a stone-dust square with a grid of trees, are planned for the foot traffic that the adjacent municipal park will generate. This public square is intended to serve commercial and residential tenants and passers-by alike. It may be used for all'aperto restaurant seating, as well.