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The new housing developments that have sprouted up during Istanbul’s recent construction boom have created a skyline of solitary blocks without regard for their environment. In an attempt to offer a new typology for residential living, Julien De Smedt Architects has proposed plans for a vast community to be built between esenyurt and bahcesehir — an area currently experiencing rapid growth and ambitious planning.
Titled ‘Istanbul Summits’, the proposal for the four plots comprises three novel solutions to living, each integrating nature through a series of simple manipulations. The structures come together to create landmark living complexes, which offer a diversity of residential and shopping experiences. See more information on each of the designs below.
1. The form of the ‘Cappadocia Residences’ is derived from a series of practical manipulations. Setback geometry is the result of a subdivision strategy that balances residential square meter requirements with carefully positioned urban voids that grant privacy and allow for communal activities. In addition, a commercial program is integrated into the scheme’s lower levels. In form, the resultant volume is reminiscent of Cappadocia — Turkey’s famous rock formation.
2. Characterised by a continuous and accessible roof garden that unites different residential densities, ‘Infinity Park’ has been conceived as a ‘Winding Residential Wave’. The building’s sinuous shape mixes low-rise and mid-rise apartments in a way that ensures views and creates lush inner courtyards as amenity space.
3. Plots C and D are combined into one flowing volume with housing designed specifically for families. The units offer more enclosed and protective environments, while providing a giant accessible rooftop amenity. This development balances the requirements of family-oriented accommodation with open space through a large, ground level courtyard accessible to all residents.