Asmaçatı Shopping Centre: İzmir Building

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Asmaçatı Shopping and Meeting Point, Turkey : İzmir Architecture

Turkish Retail Building – design by Tabanlioglu Architects

Asmaçatı Shopping and Meeting Point

İzmir, Turkey

2010-11

Design: Tabanlioglu Architects

New Turkish Retail Building

Located in the largest city of the Aegean Coast of Turkey, the semi-open shopping facility appreciates and joins the lifestyle of Izmir where people prefer to spend time outdoors with respect to warm climate. Inspired by the climate and tradition of spending time outdoors the facility naturally creates leisure zones between shops; it is not only a place to shop but also an enjoyable public space where people meet and have quality time.

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With an extraverted architectural projection that integrates with the street, concept of spending pleasant time outdoors yet sheltered in the shade of an arbor, has been the originating point for Asmaçatı shopping and life center project. With reference to the traditional gazebo model, generally, the tops or sides surrounded by ivy plants (usually grape leaves in İzmir – in Turkish “Asma” means both grapevine and suspending).

Asmaçatı-SMP merge with the city as a contemporary platform located between the sea, the mountain and the road trio; forming a lively “rest stop”, a link, between the permanent and temporary.

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A semi-covered space created by use of metal mesh inspired by leaves and ivies on the roof of the center. In the same manner, emphasis on creating a sense of arbor was supported by elements outside of the building. Open air patios offer a relaxing feeling under the shadow and glitters of the bower made up of contemporary material, mimicking grape leaves of the local landscape. In a smart local understanding that blends traditional and modern, visually and physically meeting with nature, Asmaçatı establishes a unique relation with users. The festive atmosphere fosters natural encounters of divers people, Asmaçatı is expected to be the scene of the interesting moments.

Asmaçatı-SMP merge with the city as a contemporary platform located between the sea, the mountain and the road trio; forming a lively “rest stop”, a link, between the permanent and temporary.

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Asmaçatı Shopping and Meeting Point – Building Information

Location: İzmir, western Turkey
Architects: Melkan Gürsel & Murat Tabanlıoğlu

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