Levent Loft
LEVENT LOFT “2005 -2007 ` Fashionable Reincarnation The existing construction primarily started as an office building, between the two pharmaceutical factories Fako and Deva, perpendicular to Buyukdere Street, on Maslak-Levent axis that has been the newly developing business center of Istanbul for the last decade. The building is re-designed as a residence within the Levent Loft concept. The loft concept began in the 1970’s as a solution for certain American artists’ search of housing. Today lofts have become not only a culture and a way of life coveted by many inhabitants of large cities, but also a point of reference within contemporary architecture. These open spaces with an almost industrial tone, not fanatically divided into sections, constitute a prospect to live-work and create at the same place; they are flexible and open to public. The existing wall separating the building from the two adjacent factories is furbished as a “green wall` which adds a landscape value in the garden concept surrounding the building; a natural atmosphere is created by the Zen gardens. The building is not only designed as a housing facility but also it is planned to be a high quality social venue. The entrance is made through the lobby, designed as the essential meeting place; meeting rooms, spa / health center, cafés and restaurants are the other public areas. LL, offering an efficient, tranquil, first-rate life style in modern-day standards in “downtown`, is an alternative to the trendy condominiums built in suburbs. Facilities like the large car park, storage, central heating and ventilation, security, maintenance services and “intelligent house` system grant a user-friendly environment and easy access. The complex, supported by the recent technologies and professional service administration, offers a comfortable and fashionable life-style. The long, thin planned building is located on a total 3.870sqm area, the front block consists of ground-floor and 11 stories, and the rear block is ground-floor + 7 stories. There are lofts at various sizes and types; differing from 68 to182sqm; including duplexes; with terraces or gardens, open to create unique panorama for private use. The façade is perceived as an assortment of boxes; also, each unique module shall be distinguished from outside due to the curtain system, a range of colors and light will be reflected from inside, as a method of benefiting functional solutions for esthetics purposes. Following the accomplishment this project, Levent Loft II, a transparent residence block, is now emerging at the back end of Levent Loft I, as a higher construction in the concept of “soft loft` to create another cohesive and lively alcove. Site Area: 3.900 m² Construction Area: 30.000m²

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