Istanbul Kayabasi Housing Design Competition / Honorable Mention for Aboutblank

Turkey based Aboutblank Architects have been awarded an honorable mention for their housing project for the Istanbul Kayabasi Housing Design Competition.  The young firm focuses on urban design approaches, while working on a multidisciplinary level.

More about the housing project after the break.

Aboutblank Architects utilized the principles of folding to create an urban pattern.  The horizontal rows of buildings were conceived as strips of paper that, when folded in strategic locations, created a series of connected buildings varying in height.  Since the folding defines the heights of the buildings, the lower buildings allow sunlight to reach the garden spaces that are interwoven between the housing components.  These green areas form a shared atmosphere users can enjoy together while the fold at the ground level “connects the ground with different heights and carries the green to vertical counterparts.”

Architects: Aboutblank

Location: Istanbul, Turkey

Design Team: Hasan S. Gumussoy, Erhan Vural, Gokhan Kodalak, Cigdem Karamursel, Ozlem Butun

Client: Republic of Turkey Prime Ministry, housing development administration of Turkey

Site Area: 225.000 sqm

Constructed Area: 300.000 sqm

Prize: Honorable Mention (equivalent)

Cite: Karen Cilento. " Istanbul Kayabasi Housing Design Competition / Honorable Mention for Aboutblank" 18 Jul 2009. ArchDaily. Accessed . <>