Brooklyn and Istanbul-based studio Eray Carbajo has recently revealed images and plans of a new housing typology slated for completion in 2019 in the heart of Istanbul, Turkey. Adding to Istanbul’s plans for an architectural overhaul of many of its cultural institutions, urban rural merges rural living into a dense urban environment through the use of a modular design implementing the latest technologies.
The structure will contain eight stories, seven of which include private residences over a ground story level of social and recreational program that fosters a healthy micro-community within the building. All components- structural, spatial, social, and landscaping- are integrated forming a strong aesthetic and functional union that subsequently promotes a new lifestyle. Like a beehive, the design is driven from the stacking of hexagonal modules that make up the individual units, maximising volume with the smallest amount of building material necessary.
The projecting modules each contain an outdoor terrace that forms a triangular cavity which not only serves as a plant bed that nurtures a vertical forest but also serves as a structural member transferring gravitational forces through the structure without the need for additional reinforcements. The scheme also promotes cycling and walking, offering all the personal services that residents may otherwise need to travel around the city to obtain. On the rooftop, a series of covered greenhouses generates a communal space where food can be grown by introducing urban gardening on a communal scale.
Each unit contains a bedroom and living area, garden terrace, shading louvers, grey-water collection system, and the potential for a solar roof that on an individual scale satisfies at least some of its own energy needs. By using local materials and a flexible modular design, the building proves to be a sustainable construction that possesses the adaptability to occupy almost any site.