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Projects & Buildings

Çengelköy Emko Villas
Architect Dr. M. Sinan Genim
Assistants Nesrin Küçükbayrak / Nesrin Taşkın / Sibel Franko
Employer Emko İnşaat Sanayi ve Ticaret A.Ş.
Decoration Dr. M. Sinan Genim / Şermin Efe / Serdar Efe
Static Attila Çaydamlı
Mechanic Sami Bölükbaşı
Electricity Nusret Uysal
Landscape Ass. Prof. Ahmet Cengiz Yıldızcı
Purpose Residence
Project Year 1986
Construction Year 1987-1991
Land Area 19.408 m²
Construction Area 2.902 m²

Çengelköy Emko Villas
Çengelköy Emko Villas

In spite of many rumors and opinions, the hillsides of the Bosphorous are bare and treeless, except for the groves and graveyards that have been forested by private property mainly in the 19th century. This formation is natural, because the villages of the Bosphorous were not in everday contact with İstanbul until the end of the 19th century. They provided fuel from the areas nearby. Early pictures of the Robert College that was built in the late 19th century demonstrate that the area was bare and treeless. In the present, a large area has been forested with the support of Robert College / Boğaziçi University and large buildings have nearly become invisible.

The project area has nearly become landless due to being unwooded and constant erosion in time. For this reason, like in many Bosphorous groves, terraces were opened and filled with soil brought from outside. The plan with a central anteroom, which is called “karnıyarık” in the traditional Turkish architecture, has the flexibility to be appropriate to every kind of settlement, especially when the reinforced concrete structure is rightly chosen. Besides the traditional plan concept, for he sake of coherence in the layout of the facade, proportions were gained with the dimensions of fullness and emptiness.

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