GIGoffice for Merkas Group, one of the pioneers of the textile industry, has decided to reflect their innovative and contemporary vision to the interior design of their administration offices. For the interior design approach of the offices which are located in the same building with the production; the actual structure of the factory building itself was the main source of inspiration. When transforming the area into an efficient office space, while the windows were expanded as bigger apertures for the necessity of natural daylight; main architectural elements such as the vertical lines of the facade and the high hipped roof, was aimed to be reflected to the interior shell. These two shells are sometimes touching eachother and are sometimes split with details like hidden lighting, canals and joint gaps; in order to reach a richness of interior perspectives. In the project where the entrance area, meeting rooms, wc areas, halls and administration rooms are designed; the coherent togetherness of natural materials and industrial materials was considered. On wall and ceiling surfaces, with painting the grand volumes of the architectural space were emphasized, and with marble and wood coverings, a timeless impression is presented on the interior shell. For this shell, the main source of inspiration was the vertical lines that repeat on the facade of the building that reflects it’s era. The vertical joints which appear as a pattern on the simplest painted surfaces, the wood laths located in front of the glass partitions and which provide privacy in terms of functionality as a reflection of the blind facade, are a representation of this identity in different scales, that create a repetitive impact holistically. The meeting tables, administrative desks and console units are custom designed with their non-standard dimensions, functional partitions which meet the personal needs, different surfaces which unite with a layering system, patterns and details such as brushed wood, joint gaps, chamfered finishes; and are handled as elements which complete the interior shell, beyond the idea of just placing them as decorative furniture.
The grey marble used on dividing surfaces and structural elements in the interior shell, and the black marble used as a unique detail in the executive desk; are selected from the marble quarries of Central Anatolia and Mediterranean Regions of Turkey. These materials which are exported to several countries and which have become local brands, are handled as identity elements.
Architectural Design: GIGoffice
Project Coordinators: Tuba Şehitoğlu, Zeynep Akten
Project Team: Tuba Şehitoğlu, Zeynep Akten,
Hazal Günal, Aytekin Erten
Client: Merkas Group
Main Contractor: Dervişoğlu İnşaat
Statical, Mechanical, Electrical Projects: Dervişoğlu İnşaat
Total Construction Area: 1.500 sqm
Building Date: 2018
Project Location: İstanbul
Photographs: İbrahim Özbunar