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August 3, 2015
This unconventional, 2,000-square-foot space has no full walls, and just one room.
Living area and hearth in an Istanbul loft

The team’s design philosophy was “not to have too many ideas,” and instead focus on a few key aesthetic moves that would be carried through the entire space. The lower living level features a full-wall storage system and statement hearth on a concrete platform. Sectional seating offers sweeping city views of Karakoy, including an old Armenian church and Galata Tower.

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Mezzanine and skylights in an Istanbul loft

Structural changes were immediately made to the original shell to bring in more natural light. The small windows on the front façade were dramatically replaced with a folding window assembly that stretches the entire width of the room. Skylights were cleverly added slightly beneath the peak pitch of the roof to funnel light towards the mezzanine, while still illuminating the main floor below. Warm, rich iroko wood spans the ceiling and wall, and also extends to the seating bench beneath the window.

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Kitchen and dining area in an Istanbul loft

A cast-in-place concrete kitchen island features a cantilevered concrete dining table. The hearth’s plinth offers added seating at the table during crowded gatherings.

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Cantilevered concrete countertop in the kitchen of an Istanbul loft

The kitchen worktop is framed in iron, and functional wheeled storage fits perfectly underneath. The full-wall shelving system offers ample storage for dishware and cooking accessories.

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Floating stairs in an Istanbul loft

Futuristic floating stairs lead to the loft’s mezzanine. Throughout the lower level, natural stone was chosen for the flooring, laid at an irregular angle to add visual interest.

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Shelving in an Istanbul loft

One entire wall of the space is dedicated to storage. A simple, clean iron rod shelving system was conceptualized to span the entire wall left to right, and both floors top to bottom. Depending on the location of the storage wall, the nondescript iron grid can be used to house items in the living room, kitchen, library, or bedroom areas.

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Bedroom in an Istanbul loft

Uninterrupted cement flooring was chosen for the mezzanine. The cement extends to the bed and bathtub block, while the exposed ductwork and black beams above dramatically accentuate the ceilings.

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Open bathroom in an Istanbul loft

The main bathroom is only partially separated from the sleeping area by a glass partition. The absence of opaque walls creates a feeling of openness and cohesion in the bright mezzanine space.

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Living area and hearth in an Istanbul loft

The team’s design philosophy was “not to have too many ideas,” and instead focus on a few key aesthetic moves that would be carried through the entire space. The lower living level features a full-wall storage system and statement hearth on a concrete platform. Sectional seating offers sweeping city views of Karakoy, including an old Armenian church and Galata Tower.

Sitting on the Northern part of Turkey’s Golden Horn, Karakoy has seen a recent transition from industrial and commercial hub to and up-and-coming trendy neighborhood. In this context, design team Yasemin Arpac and Sabahattin Emir of Ofist helped transform an urban loft into a sleek space tailor-made for the owner, a single bachelor seeking a home that was “natural, neutral, comfortable, and practical.” Central to the vision was the concept of the entire home as a whole, void of traditional boundaries or divisions expected of a space of this size, nearly 2,000 square feet. Designing for a single client, there was no need to execute different ideas for different rooms; instead, all of the spaces of the house were designed to be intertwined and interconnected, with a cohesive materials palette throughout the home.

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