CM Mimarlik completes ‘centreless’ residential project for Istanbul
Turkish architecture practice CM Mimarlik has just completed a residential project in Istanbul called HEPIstanbul. Designed with a spacial organisation that the firm has described as ‘rhizomatic’, the project has no centre.
Located in the city’s metropolitan area, Esenyurt, which has a demographic consisting of domestic migration and is inhabited mostly by middle income socio-economic families, HEPIstanbul sits in the middle of a very dense traffic area and features no views of the surrounding areas. It’s location and context led the architects to create an inverted social life with open spaces within the site optimising neighbourhood relations.
Spanning a 56,000m2 area, CM Mimarlik aimed to reduce the footprint of the project by focusing on green spaces and courtyards, as well as incorporating a mix of low and high-rise buildings. The high-rise structures are 25-storeys tall and are diverted according to the direction of the sun, and respond to shadow, wind and contain various access points.
The units, which number at 1,422 in total, are designed in a container logic with different sizes, and placed in various positions on the floors. This differentiation affects the facade designs. The low-rise row houses also have different heights, allowing the roofs to be used as public roof gardens or terraces.
According to the architects, a ‘rhizomatic’ spacial organisation is designated; there are no centres, and the attraction points all around.
This led CR Mimarlik to create secondary passages and courtyards on different levels, which allows for air flow. For the sun to penetrate the compound, the heights of the buildings aligned on the North-South axis decreases toward the east, while west masses have different gauges blocking the negative effects of the highway.