Saladstation / id design

© Ali Bekman

Architects: id design
Location: , Turkey
Project area: 133 sqm
Project year: 2009 – 2010
Photographs: Ali Bekman

© Ali Bekman

Salad Station, being one of the first representative in Turkey of the rapidly growing ‘healthy fast food’ business in western countries, has been designed in a natural and plain fashion with the integration of notable dynamic elements, to suit the company basic principles of providing products in a natural, healthy and fresh manner.

The exposition of the brick wall texture where naturalism and simplicity comes into form, has been aimed at the preservation of the orıginality of the existing building. Sustaining this texture overall, has been achieved by means of using a selection of natural materials.

© Ali Bekman

Due to space restrictions, a mezzanine floor has been constructed by exploiting the opportunity provided by the high ceilings, without causing any interference with the original facade. A dynamic mass effect has been provided by means of mezzanine floor being suspended from the ceiling and separated from the side walls. This has also provided a functional opportunity of locating the kitchen space.

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Loyalty to originality has also been key to the design of the facade of Salad Station located on Istiklal Caddesi, which has been formed in a simplistic way that does not dominate the building as a whole unlike the equivalents in elsewhere on the Street, where disproportioned signboards are of great fashion.


A dynamic tone of green has been chosen for floor finishes in order to set the corporate identity of the brand within this natural and simplistic environment. Seamless transition in between different colors to suit the corporate identity has been achieved with the use of wood as a material which introduces a warm feeling into the space where certain dominating colors were utilized. A graceful appearance which penetrates into the Istiklal Caddesi has been the result of the striking effect created in the space.

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Cite: "Saladstation / id design" 26 Feb 2011. ArchDaily. Accessed 27 May 2015. <>
  • deniz

    hey i have eaten here! its a nice little space.

    but a little note; its really depressing to see a restaurant photographed empty. i will never understand this trend of empty architectural photographs

  • godryk

    Well my friend, you may like it or not, but I find it funny calling that a “trend”.

    Architecture has been frecuently photographed empty, before the buildings were open (when architects have easier access to them) or whatever. People also seem to complain about an empty school or an empty plaza/square, or an unfurnished home. Come one, of course it’s nice to see a good photographer to grab some of the cutest kids in the playschool and put them in the middle of the photo, but we are architects (or wannabes) and we are discussing architecture and design, and a black and white drawing should be enough to start the discussion.


  • deniz

    it sure is enough from architectural point of view, but from photographic point of view it is just flawed.

    • mikeyb66

      I agree deniz, when mocking up visuals most firms will always put people in to give a sense of scale, place, activity etc. As soon as it is built though any photos generally require people to be excluded. Odd logic.

  • Cem

    What a pity that in your great design you have completely overlooked the residents in the building in which your establishment is found. The smells and noises are vented through the building necessitating that residents keep their windows closed even on the hottest days of the Istanbul summer. You have ignored repeated requests to silence the offending noises and smells. GOOD DESIGN IS MORE THAN ” LOOKS”!