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Contemporary Orange House, Turkey

Turkish design studio Yazgan Design Architecture has designed the Orange House. Completed in 2010, this retro but contemporary property can be found in the capital Ankara, Turkey

According to the architects: “Orange House is a 1050 m² residence of three-storeys, located in a very steep site. The location has a great urban view combined with a view of the Middle East Technical University Forest. The contemporary Turkish building has a steel structure. The main principle that shaped the design process is the program written by the architects by considering the one given by the employers.

“The program is based on the development of flexible relationships between diverse inputs of design, such as, materials, program elements, demands of users, dimensional requirements, site peculiarities, Ankara climate and its habitat, architects and engineers involved with the project.

“Writing the design program can be called as writing the ‘design of relationships’. The ‘design of relationships’ refers to the relations developed between not only design programs, but also between the drawing and the architect, the architect and the owner and the owner and the drawing. The design program is supported by diagrams, giving way to the integration of user with the design process.

The contemporary Turkish property is the product of a flexible-systematic process without losing the initial idea. The building design is based on surfaces that develop an exterior-interior space relation between autonomous rooms, and an initial diagram concerning the circulation connecting these rooms. All rooms reflect the specific needs of employers in their design. For instance, dining room is dimensioned with reference to the existing Persia carpet belonging to the users.

“Every room wall is double-layered. They took into shape by taking advantage of a peculiarity brought forward by steel construction. Shafts, niches, doors, rainwater pipes, wardrobes, etc., are located at the inside surfaces of the double layers. Through that approach, technical and user requirements are integrated with the initial diagram. The steel structure follows a 60cmx60cm grid dimensioning in the design, therefore, provided another systematic for diagrams.” Images courtesy of Yunus Özkazanç, Kerem Yazgan.


Assif is a luxury travel and design aficionado currently working as a BBC content producer. He holds an MA in journalism from the University of Leeds. He is partial to tea and cake - Yorkshire Tea Gold Blend please. His favourite trips include island hopping in the Seychelles, a mountain escape in Kashmir and getting lost in Hong Kong.

Assif is the current editor of Adelto Magazine. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram: @journolista.

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May 11, 2012 | Property | View comments

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