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Konya Residence / Superpool

© Superpool
© Superpool

A few weeks ago Superpool surprised me with one of the best library designs I have seen in a while: the Open Library in Istanbul. A small area, a rich public space. But the office has also been working on two large scale residential projects in Turkey: Konya Residence and Dagos Tower (will be featured on a future article). Both projects propose innovative strategies in terms of dense housing. I´m eager to see how this projects develop and materialize in the future. About the Konya Residence:

The desire for efficiency of developers and contractors have handcuffed the Turkish housing typology into blocks with typically 4 units around a central core. Despite its unarguable efficiency, the result consistently creates upto a third of the units to be compromised; without views, facing other units. And eventhough generally the zoning laws allow only 25-50% of a given site to be developed, punctured by these indifferent towers, the left over green space is seldom identifiable.

Diagrams © Superpool
Diagrams © Superpool

Without sacrificing efficiency of one core to four units, the proposal aims to elongate the blocks to prioritize views to one side. The blocks are then arranged to create a central garden of 8,000 m2; to complete the often neglected green space needs of urban housing.

Diagrams © Superpool
Diagrams © Superpool
© Superpool
© Superpool

To introduce sectional variation to the blocks and to enhance the views, the overall volume is terraced. In the context of a rapidly growing city with a diminishing heritage of fruit groves and vines, Konya Residences aims to make green space as important to the life of the residents as the buildings themselves. Team: SuperpoolSelva Gürdoğan, Gregers Tang Thomsen, Marta Marszal, Benek Çinçik Type: Commission Size: 40,000 m2 Client: Seha Yapi Collaborators: New Dialogues AG, Zurich Location: Konya, Turkey Status: Ongoing

Housing in Turkey
Housing in Turkey
Cite:David Basulto. "Konya Residence / Superpool" 01 Dec 2009. ArchDaily. Accesed . <http://www.archdaily.com/42579/konya-residence-superpool/>