Four projects flying the flag for Turkish contemporary architecture

With the TurkeyBuild Istanbul exhibition in full swing, our focus this week falls on the Turkish building industry.  Benefitting from widespread government support for civic and infrastructure projects, the country is currently seeing a boom in mega construction projects; the Istanbul New Airport, the Eurasia Tunnel, and the Çamlıca Mosque to name but a few. Beneath the surface, however, there’s a flourish of lesser known, smaller architectural gems worth some attention. 

AHK KNDU Villas - Antalya - GAD Architecture

Heading down to the Southern resort of Antalya, local practice GAD Architecture has designed an award-winning sustainable complex of 38 residential units. Expected to be one of the most modern and energy efficient structures in Turkey (BREEAM certification pending), the project uses sustainable design and principles to offer a low pollution and low waste complex.  The north-south orientation of each residential unit maximises daylight, while roof openings encourage ventilation, reducing energy consumption levels. The minimal energy each house needs will be produced by photovoltaic panels attached to the roof. Timber cladding in local Turkish pine and oak serves as a distinctive shell to regulate the internal climate and defines the boundaries of each unit.  The houses are interconnected rather than independent units; communal spaces and thoroughfares have been designed to encourage close relationships between occupants and a sense of community.

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