Pinup at Newcastle University
Pinup at Newcastle University

An Urban Habitation in Izmir / Villa Horizon

This project was developed by Zeynep Gorken as a student from Izmir University of Economics and was submited to the WAS awards 2017 under the Housing category.

In this project, I was asked to design an urban habitation for a creative couple in Izmir. My clients are two active professionals who want me to design their house near the Asansör area of Izmir.They are an italian family who recently moved to Izmir.The wife is a singer and songwriter and the husband is an award winning bartender and a chef. They have grown children who come home occasionally because he is studying aboard and many friends from around the world who often visit. They love to travel, entertain and socialize.The residence must also function as a work space for both of them. The clients also want me to develop outdoor space where possible.The site has an historical context , it contains a landmark of Izmir which is Asansör.Asansör is a historical building in Karataş quarter of İzmir. It was built in 1907 in order to ease passage from the narrow coastline of Karataş to the hillside, the elevator within the building serving to carry people and goods through the steep cliff between the two parts of the quarter. In time, the small street that led to the building also came to be known under the same name, Asansör Street .