The subject is the design of a group of buildings belonging to Kumport Port Services and Logistics Industry Trade Co. with a total of 6.000 square meters while rethinking the port and facilities. Headquarters building, maintenance facilities and workshops and storage areas determine the main components of the design. The open space of 126.000 square meters in total, is split between customs and duty-free areas. The main visual characteristic of functions such as entry and exit of goods, is a space filled with containers. The visual effect and strong image, created by these storage boxes that are various in color but repetitive in a certain size and form, are especially highlighted in the headquarters building. The unique location and function of the headquarters building in an open space larger than 100.000 square meters, makes it necessary for it to be the most expressive building of the company. This causality, in which the design is concerned both as a dimension and as a form, is presented as an architectural answer to the containers in its immediate vicinity of the headquarters.
The headquarters’ need for large indoors space and local regulations of 10.50 meters in height, make a horizontal solution in design the only obvious choice. The idea of two ships boarding each other, determines the planning principles of the concept. Thus two office spaces that are split between two separate but alike masses are connected with bridges on each floor. Having 3 floors with a maximum overall height of 10.50 meters resulted in a somewhat compressed effect of 3.50 meter high blocks. However the central void that we can consider as an etrance, a waiting hall and an interior space is 10.50 meters high, showing the entire building and getting natural light not only from the façade but also from the ceiling. Thus this spacious, bright, open-to-all interior is clearly separated from the work areas, and the light, brightness and visual quality it has feeds into the somewhat compressed working areas. The seaview from the entrance is also the main focus of this open-to-all central area.
The building has been designed in steel and glass. This way, indoorsoutdoors relations have been taken to a higher level and every square meter of the building is washed with natural light and air. Elements that have to be excluded from the building’s steel frame structure such as elevators, fire escapes and restrooms are bare concrete. The same design principle is followed with natural wood and ropes indoors. The same brutalist approach is continuted with mechanical and electrical solutions as well, while avoiding Gypsumboard suspended ceiling to showcase the bare steel construction.
The entrance is between two blocks that have been separated from each other with an angle and movement horizontally. The concrete ramp that allows the approach to the building over the pool at the entrance, makes reference to getting into a boat. The flooring of the interior void perceived from the upper floors is covered with black basalt. A cafeteria is located on the basement floor that has an open front and natural lighting because of the sloping land. In addition to close spaces completed with fitness, changing rooms, showers and technical spaces, the open inner courtyard next to the building allows for the establishment of a relationship with outside and a smoking area.
The building merges with the workshop building located next to it on this rise, and it carries the traces of this combination on the front. The workshop building that has been handled simply, like the headquarters, has four sectional steel doors on the front for entries and exits, a horizontal light band to showcase solid-void ratios in a completely clean, functional matter. The warehouse structure that consists of five independent storage units, completes the campus as the continuation of the same simplicity with its single floor, gable roof and bare briquette walls.
Architectural Design: KG Mimarlık
Interior Design: KG Mimarlık
Design Team: Kurtul Erkmen
Project Team: Büşra Yeltekin, Tilbe Hazal Ağaoğlu, Emre Yiğit,
Mesut Özlem, Serhan Günal, Melis Kanadıkırık Savaş
Client: Kumport Liman Hizmetleri ve Lojistik Sanayi ve Ticaret A.Ş
Main Contractor: Yamans İnşaat
Engineering Project: KG Mimarlık
Statics Project: Büro Statik Mühendislik
Mechanical Project: Enve Enerji Mühendislik
Electrical Project: Enve Enerji Mühendislik
Steel Project: Büro Statik Mühendislik
3D Visualition: Serhan Günal
Project Date: 2016
Construction Date: 2018
Land Area: 126.200 sqm
Total Construction Area: 7.600 sqm
Project Location: Ambarlı, İstanbul
Photographs: Büşra Yeltekin