This kitchen is located in a small family flat in Istanbul/ Turkey. The main inspiration of design is the dynamic nature of kitchen environment. A kitchen space is the most mysterious space among the other rooms in a residence. In this space materials, scents and flavour mix and blend. A kitchen is a place that provides an opportunity to any ordinary person to become an artist.
“Kitchen of Elements” inherits the elements that exists in a kitchen and uses them as an inspiration substance. In Japanese philosophy there are 5 elements that shape the world. These 5 elements which are Chi (earth), Ka (fire), Fu (wind), Sui (water), Ku (void) describe interactions and relationships between phenomena. A standard kitchen includes fire, wind and water elements in order to function. The transformation and interaction among these elements shape this kitchen.
“Kitchen of Elements” is composed of modules. At first these modules are imagined identical. Later they change their shapes based on their function and elements they are interacting with. For instance the curvature of the module interacting with fire is as fast and drastic as fire element whereas the curvature of the module that is interacting with water element is soft and smooth.
Red and white colors are used on these modules to emphasize the interior and exterior spaces these modules create. In total the kitchen is composed of 8 modules. The single curved surfaces of the kitchen are constructed using thin layers of plywood glued up on each other and molded by negative and positive sides. The radius of these single curved surfaces is identical which is beneficial from the construction cost and manufacturing point of view. Flap fitting type cabinet doors are used right above the counter to avoid any interruption on the work flow while the doors are open.Architecture, Furniture Design, Interior Design2012
Villa Design Concept is generated for Zaha Hadid Architects as a proposal for a villa located in Saudi Arabia. Due to climate conditions and its client’s privacy needs, the main parameter of this villa is to create courtyards and distribute habitable spaces around these courtyards.
Although the site is laid out as a suburban residential development, the traces of the desert landscape character are still very much alive on the site. The design is sensitive both to the colors and textures of the native landscape of the region, as well as to the environmental constraints of the strong desert environment.
This table is inspired by the dripstone caves, which consists of a limestone formation called stalactite. These structures hang from the ceilings of the caves. They are created by dripping mineral waters of the cave. This water leaves its minerals behind in a circular shape as it descends towards the floor of the cave. Therefore, these structures represent the vertical movement of the mineral water as a result of the gravity force. Inspired by the stalactite structures, the Dripping Table is made of legs, which are descending from the top of the table into the floor. The continuity and elegancy of this table is a result of the emergence process of this continuous and elegant movement as it is in the dripstone caves.
The Dripping Table is made of at least two or more legs. The two-leg type is mounted on the wall. The rest of the types are free standing. The top plate of the table holds the legs together. Consequently, users can change the sizes of their tables in the future by buying a new top plate with additional legs.
The Dripping Table combines the logic of manufacturing with the logic of form. This way, it accomplishes to waste minimum material during its manufacturing. It is made of several cut outs from the top plate. These cutouts are gradually rotated and attached each other using intersecting faces. Consequently, the table rises until the height needed and creates an elegant integrated spiral movement.Furniture Design, Interior Design, Product Design2012
Planning Permission Granted and Completed
Located in the Belsize Conservation Area in London, Mestci House consists of the ground and lower ground level flats of a late Victorian building. The living/public spaces are on the ground level and the bedroom/sleeping spaces are on the lower ground level. Originally, the only access to the rear garden of this Victorian building was from the lower ground level. As part of the renovation work in the flat, we built a staircase that connects the kitchen on the ground level into lower ground level garden and demolished the wall below a sash window in the kitchen to create a door and access to this new staircase. Other major renovation works in the flat included conversion of a rear bedroom into a bathroom, demolishing the partition between the living room, dining room and entrance to create one big space on the ground level. In conclusion, the main purpose of this project was to renovate the house into a usage that is more suitable to the client’s needs.
In Mestci House, all of the joinery work is bespoke. This way, we created multifunctional furniture pieces that respond into different needs in the house. The sofas in front of the windows work as an additional storage space. The kitchen island is designed to extend into a 3 people table with a sliding piece. The spaces below the interior staircase are used as shoe cabinets and wardrobes. With some minor changes in the plans of the flat, we accomplished to create embedded storage space for each room.
Respecting the existing materials in the area, the proposed exterior staircase was made of timber steps and black painted metal balustrade. These stairs are with open risers to maximize their translucency and minimize the visual impact. The steps are supported by a steel structure at the middle. There is a hardwood privacy screen to block the view to the neighbor.
In the kitchen, mat grey and dark natural wood colors have been used. The timber floors of the kitchen, garden steps, dining and living rooms are in similar natural wood color as the timber kitchen counter. This creates one big continuous space of kitchen, dining and living.
The kitchen island is made of several pieces, which gradually gets smaller and elevates from the floor through the extendable sliding table, creating a floating feeling. Although the worktop is large, the island touches only half of that size on the ground. The backsplash is covered with subway style white tiles. There is an exposed airduct, which creates an industrial look combination with the subway style tiles. We added a removable cutting board on the island counter, which could be easily replaced after it wears out.
Architecture, Furniture Design, Interior Design2013
Creating semi-permanent living through contemporary making techniques in Zaatari Refugee Camp of Jordan
The conventional design and planning approach of a refugee shelter includes quick and cheap fabrication, urban quality, health and safety parameters, modularity and transportability as well as temporality. This proposal aims at challenging this approach by questioning the following subjects.
-Familiarity and Intimacy
-A refugee camp like a hometown
-The healing properties of aesthetics through
-An interlinked materiality and structure with the installation process of a shelter
There are two scales of modularity in this proposal; a cluster scale modularity and a unit scale modularity. Cluster scale modularity refers to the freedom to choose number of units per cluster. Unit scale modularity refers to the number of beds per unit. Through this two type of scale, the proposal adapts to variety of conditions like a growing family, or a large family who likes to live in the same cluster without outsiders.
A cluster provides communal showers, communal kitchen, personal gardening areas, a courtyard, shading areas, and an optional safety gate. Security is one of the main problems in refugee camps. Providing a garden for the children of the same family, and creating an architecture where they can easily be observed by their parents is one of the main aims of this cluster concept.Architecture2016
This project is designed for Zaha Hadid Architects. It is a mixed use tower with housing and offices. The facade has a mega structure that works as the main structure of the tower. Behind this mega structure there is a smaller scale pattern which is the structure of the facade. The mega structure gets thicker and denser at the middle of the tower where there are plant rooms.Architecture2013
This is a proposal for the House of Arts and Culture Competition in Beirut. This project has been developed in collaboration with Stephane Hof.Architecture2012
Full Planning Permission Granted by Camden Council
These are some studies about controlled randomness of point clouds. 3d geometries are created by these point clouds using the nearest neighbour logic.Architecture, Interior Design2013
This library is generated using a code that creates branches based on the distance between each node on the same generation. The product of the code is an irregular grid that tends to have a square ratio for each pocket. The size of the overall system is based on the number of the iterations.Furniture Design, Interior Design, Product Design2013
Danzer tiling is a tiling technique that creates tiles with the same proportions and dimension in an aperiodic order. Each tile could be divided into 5 tiles. In this project the code uses the Danzer tiling technique and integrates a hierarchy of scale to create clusters of triangles.Furniture Design, Interior Design, Product Design2013
Parametric Villa Design Concept is generated for Zaha Hadid Architects as a proposal for a villa located in Saudi Arabia. Due to climate conditions and its client’s privacy needs, the main parameter of this villa is to create courtyards and distribute habitable spaces around these courtyards. The calculation process starts with dividing site border into equal distances from a selected point. There are 5 variables, which define the architectural formation process.
Variable 1: The minimum length of each line in the system. If a line is not long enough to create an architectural space, it will create landscape features.
Variable 2: The minimum width of any architectural space in the system.
Variable 3: The minimum width of a corridor, which can potentially create a courtyard if there is more space available.
Variable 4: The minimum angle between divisions. If this angle is too narrow to create architectural spaces, the space will be used as a landscape.
Variable 5: The minimum width of a corridor/court- yard/corridor system where the proportions of these spaces are constrained by each other.
Architecture, Landscape Design2015
An Alliance With a Machine
In this research, I built a genetic algorithm (GA) that I believe is productive and creative. It creates a different table design on each trial. Some of the results tend to look similar to each other. This means, they converge into the same area in the search space. I run this algorithm 138 times and picked up 9 results that look different from each other. Some of the examples could have evolved further to fully develop the properties of the type it belongs to.
The fitness function of this GA has two criteria. The first criterion questions how suitable the table is to its function. In the example of a table, the GA searches for the individuals who are more suitable to serve as a table. The second criterion questions how the table is behaving its environment. In this case, the only environmental force is gravity and the GA searches for the individuals who can stand and carry its tabletop.
Furniture Design, Product Design, Programming2016
Torn Butterfly is an album art project made for electronic music artist Orko-B. It aims to be beautiful and incomplete. It exists on a clear white sheet.