Steel structured apartment is at the heart of Istanbul’s bohemian district

The NoXX Apartment by Turkey-based CM Architecture is located in a narrow dead end in Cihangir, in the bohemian, historical district of Istanbul, Turkey.

Due to the location of the project and the tight deadline for construction, conventional construction techniques seemed unattainable for the project; therefore a steel structure apartment building was designed with an industrial sensibility and as homage to the rare standing structures from an earlier century that were typical of the area.

The underground levels of the building are reinforced concrete while the upper levels are established as a steel structure. The composite structure is left visible on purpose, without using plaster, paint or any cladding material in the inside as well as on the outside.

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The building is adjacent to the neighbouring building on one side, while the other side was briefed to become a blind wall, according to regulations. This blind facade is composed of a steel structure with insulation materials in between, and brick walls on both sides.

Custom-made bricks are designed to be placed unevenly on facade in a natural pattern, giving different linear shades at different times of the day, breaking the monotony. These juts are also functioning as roosts for birds.

The front and rear-end of the facade are designed wide enough to capture maximum light in, opening up to French balconies from the living rooms.

Satisfying the life style and the need of the area, the NoXX Apartment is composed of seven studio flats around 60-70m2, including two attic duplexes and a garden duplex. Wi-fi, fire and theft alarms are part of smart infrastructure of the building.

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