Pictures: Tabanlioglu’s lauded Istanbul scheme

Turkish architecture firm Tabanlioglu designed a 21-storey residential tower in Istanbul, which was among the 13 winners of the RIBA International Awards 2011.

The project, called Loft Gardens, was described by judges as “an extreme demonstration of elegance and restraint within a subtly modified typology”.

High-rise garden patios are inserted into the façade as a counterpoint to the protruding bay windows and deepen the play of solid and void within the façade.


Plan and section are organised to create a range of apartment types with spatial variety – some horizontal, based around patios, and others vertical with double-height spaces.

Internally the designers used an industrial loft aesthetic with exposed services and structure and a use of concrete, steel and timber.

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