5/10/2013

KAG- Premier Campus Office in Kagithane


The Kagithane Gardens located in Istanbul, Turkey is a business district that focuses on the users working and living qualities and addresses its presence in Istanbul as a new form of contextualizing Urban living.



The building is formed by JDS Architects' desire to make it interact with its environment.  It opens itself up to the neighborhood and offers spaces to the users and the passers by such as plazas, intimate gardens and generous terraces.  The volume of the block is literally carved out to invite the surroundings in.  The local hilly landscape, characteristic to Istanbul, is continued in the meandering of the volume both in plan, adapting to the site's edges, and in section, weaving into itself in a series of gentle curving slopes, echoing the nearby Bosphorus waves.  The vibrant commercial life of the ground floor burst out onto the plazas and the landscape.  upstairs the offices open out onto the green terraces, populated with lush vegetation, tempering the hot Springs and Summers.

 




The volume reads clearly while still opening itself generously to the city from afar.  As one gets closer, the interiors become more discreet, protected by louvers that help shade from the sun.  The project acts as a catalyst of business life for a new Istanbul, that promotes contemporary culture, architecture and lifestyle.