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Turkey – Izmir

For twelve years, Office Istanbul Architects has been creating timeless designs that focus on the relationship between architecture and nature, combining local knowledge with contemporary design.

Zoom in on four of their projects : 



The Turkish architecture firm, founded by Kemal Serkan Demir and Ece Türkel, makes a significant contribution to the discipline of public and private architecture. With the Rubrum Winery, the trio have created a feat of architecture nestled in the Seferihisar countryside of Izmir. The design reconciles the region’s long winemaking tradition with contemporary design in constant dialogue with the environment. “Our conceptual approach progressed simultaneously with our desire to create an experience for visitors eager to understand and appreciate the wine they consume here,” explain the architects. Rubrum Winery offers access to grape harvesting, maturation and wine bottling. But it also offers a boutique, a tasting room and a private dining room for guests. Here, the studio creates a dynamic interplay of colour, light and shadow. Reflecting pools complete the splendour of the space, giving a mirror effect on the vines and the environment. The Rubrum Office completes the project, hidden in the middle of the Rubrum Winery like a secret space. Surrounding this line-like structure are the vines, like a representation of the territory to be exhibited and cultivated.


With the Hill House, architecture and landscape come together once again. This mountain-view residence is located in the village of G.lcük, in the southern heights of Izmir, dominated by nature, light, sound and air. Hundred-year-old olive trees, fruit trees, platform structure and infinity pool reinforce the fluidity between the living space and the natural environment. The pool always plays an active role for the architects, bringing in the movements of the sky, sea and land. The boundaries between inside and outside blur disappear as soon as the sliding glass doors opens. Zeytinli House offers a different perspective, inspired by Mediterranean life in the heart of the Seferihisar countryside. This stone house is a timeless interpretation of modern architecture combined with the traditional. “It touches on traces of the past with its presence in the courtyard, reflecting a beautiful representation of the ancient way of life of Anatolian civilisations,” say the architects. While the walls have been preserved, the interior meets the needs of modern life. A haven of peace overlooking the green hills, surrounded by olive groves and vineyards.


Nathalie Dassa