Sahra Apartment

Location: İstanbul
Project Date: 2000-2001
Client: H.Topaloğlu
Area: 1,100 m²
Team: Aydan Volkan, Selim Cengiç, Ebru Kefeli, Eylem Önal
Award: 2007 Aga Khan Architecture Prize Candidate

As an apartment building reconstructed due to earthquake risk, the Sahra Apartment is a structure that has been redesigned with a way that is marked by the traces of contemporary residential building typologies of Istanbul in order to form a living space for the extended members of a single family.

Sahra Apartment has a modern facade, defined by a simple and basic mass, a limited range of material selection, and opaque/transparent surfaces; however, it also borrows such concepts as the ͚hallway͛ (sofa) and ͚life͛ (hayat) from the traditional historical textures of Ottoman houses at the level of spatial organization and utilization.

This building has been designed in the form of a contemporary kiosk where the ground floor has come to lead into a common garden and pool area following its reconfiguration to suite a disabled family member. Comprising an earthquake resistant structure, contemporary materials, details and a solar energy system -which provides great support for heating- Sahra Apartment is a distinct example amongst the residences of Istanbul.