E1 House, designed by Mimark Architecture, which
argues that function is as important as aesthetics in architecture, aims to
offer living spaces that its users will adopt and feel belong to. The house,
which has been completely renovated and redesigned for a large family, has been
designed in line with the needs of the homeowners, keeping the original
architecture of Kemer Country for a new life experience.
In the project, which included the feeling of being in a “cottage” for four seasons, the majority of the garden, which was completely renovated with denim work, was covered with grass, while the corners, transition areas and walking paths were animated with plants. In the garden adjacent to the golf club, a high viewing terrace has been prepared both to watch the sunset and to act as a curtain for the pool area. A small summer house is positioned right next to the pool, which will make it enjoyable for the family to spend time outdoors in the summer months. This area, which has a large living space and an open-air kitchen, offers the opportunity to rest and renew. While the landscaping surrounding all these areas reinforces the ambiance, a perfect combination of classic and country style greets you when you enter the house from the garden.
The founder of Mimark Architecture, Kaan Kutsal Alkan and his team, first started by returning to the original architecture of Kemer Country, since the former owners of the house changed the architecture. Afterwards, they aimed to adapt the interior to the demands of the homeowners. Architect Kaan Kutsal Alkan explains the design process of the house as follows: “It is important for us to return to the original details of Kemer Country’s classical architecture. When we entered the house, we first wanted to keep this ambiance alive. We love to reinterpret the original architecture and create elegant and stylish living spaces. In doing so, we prioritize the needs of homeowners. Our priority has been to ensure that each member of the family of eight can feel comfortable in every part of the house. For this reason, the furniture was designed specifically for the project. While reinterpreting the existing architecture, we enriched the decoration with interior design details. At some points, we brought the classic and the modern together, and at other points, we brought together the country and the classic style.”
The wide entrance hall is covered with ceramic tiles. Reflecting the calm but elegant look of marble on the floor, the tiles extend towards the living room and kitchen on the ground floor. Lighting hanging from the top floor to the hall made the attractive appearance of the hall and the upwardly curved stairs even more eye-catching. The hall, which is divided into four sections; has a spacious, bright, and elegant appearance. Specially designed shelves that act as a kind of separator are used in the living room from the section where the dining table is located. Similar to these shelves, they are personalized by dividing the seating area into sections. While the decoration is combined with black, plum, gold, and gray tones, the main sitting area is centered on the fireplace in the living room, which is animated by the paintings hung on the wall and the accessories placed on the shelves. The priority in the hall, which is divided into three different sections, was comfort. As another living space on the ground floor, the kitchen has the main idea of creating a comfortable space. It has a large island unit and specially designed cabinets and is accompanied by the green landscape of the garden. In the kitchen, as in the living room, different colors are brought together. The lacquered island unit, designed in gray and pink tones, is combined with country style bone colored cabinets.
The television room, which is located on the basement floor and considered a kind of continuation of the living room, is dominated by gray, black and green tones. This floor, which also includes the guest bedroom and bathroom, has a bright and spacious appearance thanks to the correct use of colors, despite the level difference and small windows. The upper floors are reserved for the parent and child bedrooms. A large sitting area is placed at the entrance of the master bedroom on the second floor. Opening to the balcony with garden and golf club views, this living area has the master bedroom on the left side, while on the right side there are two bedrooms and a bathroom.
In the master bedroom, navy blue and beige tones were preferred, unlike the rest of the house. There is a large bathroom in the bedroom, which is completed with a large dressing room. Unlike the parquet used in the bedrooms, ceramic tiles are used in all of the bathrooms. Architect Buket Kabakçı describes the renovation adventure of bedrooms as follows: “There are two floors above the entrance. Since we are renovating the house for a large family, we had to consider the comfort of each individual in the house separately. For this reason, our aim was to create useful living spaces while returning to the original architecture. There are three bedrooms on each floor. The decoration of the bedrooms was also shaped in line with the needs of family members of different ages. Our main goal was for everyone to feel in their room and bathroom in their defined living space.”
Architect Design: Mimark Architecture
Interior Design: Mimark Architecture
Project Date: 2018
Building Date: 2019
Land Area: 1.350 sqm
Total Construction Area: 600 sqm
Location: Kemer Country, Istanbul
Photographs: Engin Aydeniz
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