Buyaka / Uras X Dilekci

  • 21 Jan 2013
  • Retail Selected Works
© Faruk Kurtuluş

Architects: Uras X Dilekci
Location: , Istanbul Province, Turkey
Architect In Charge: Durmuş Dilekci, Emir Uras
Design Team: Durmuş Dilekci, Emir Uras, Fikret Sungay, Salih Küçüktuna, Handan Akbudak, Aylin Ayvaz, Evren Alpay, Elvan Çakıt
Floor Area: 440,000 sqm
Build Up Area: 248,000 sqm
Photographs: Faruk Kurtuluş, Ugur Ceylan

© Faruk Kurtuluş

Buyaka was designed without using a themeatic overlay. The design approach portrays an honest  intent to do with its program as a mixed use building. It attempt to reflect a sense of integrity with its formal language, emphasising that good design doesn’t need thematic overlays.

© Faruk Kurtuluş

In architecture, meaning and content has been transposed. We are living in an era where the authentic has lost its importance and has been overruled by the superficial and fake realities have become the norm. Fake, theatrical fascades are applied to buildings  without  a relationship with function and program. Materials mimmic other materials with the excuse of cost effectiveness, creating a potpuri of postmodern clutter. What does the building say? Who is the user? İs an open question.

© Ugur Ceylan

This potpuri of  formal clutter has ovvertaken the fundamental role of architecture and architecture has become more of a pictorial race of artisans where origin and authentic notions have disentegrated  Trying to design puposeless projects for developpers without identified users have become a big challenge for architects.

© Faruk Kurtuluş

Amongst this conversation Buyaka stands at a place speaking of architecture for the sake of architecture. It takes its references from itself and creates a formal dialogue uniquie to itself.

First Floor Plan

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