ATÖLYE Labs Istanbul is an interdisciplinary creativity and interaction platform, bringing together freelancers, startup companies and the wider public.
The project’s motivation is to create moments of synergy by programming the space to accommodate a wide range of uses: isolated work, collaboration, fabrication, exhibition and education.
In this project, four deliberate strategies are employed:
- Adjacency-based architectural layout: Visually neighboring yet acoustically separated areas for thinking, making, learning and sharing create fluidity.
- Future-proofed, high-performance technical infrastructure: Exposed beams, abundant plugs, high-speed fiber connectivity, moveable walls, dimmable lighting, locally controllable heating-cooling systems and real-time energy tracking systems all serve to easily modify spatial programs.
- Custom designed, locally crafted modular furniture: A new product line entitled CNVS, designed by the same team, utilizes locally-sourced, natural materials such as FSC plywood, recycled chipboard and regional steel, coupled ￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼with wheels and adjustable separators to allow for maximum flexibility.
- Whiteboards and natural felt allow writeable surfaces and pin-up walls for ideation along with acoustic absorption for event planning.
- Evolving Design: Cybernetic feedback systems such as post-occupancy evaluation surveys, member workshops and the availability of a makerlab allow making a ‘self-learning’ system, with budget provided to realize new design interventions after occupancy.
Altogether, for ATÖLYE İstanbul, architectural design is a by-product of a larger system that is focusing on a truly transdisciplinary design. Ultimately, the design acts as a tacit, yet influential body language of an emerging independent institution, where the aspiration is to seed, nurture and witness new startups and design projects at all scales.
Design: ATÖLYE Labs
Design Team: Engin Ayaz, Berna Erenoğlu, Elif Karaköse, Nesile Yalçın, Begüm Ural, Necdet Yağız Özkan, Bilge Nur Saltık, Rezzan Hasoğlu, PIN Architects
Photography: Yerçekim Photography