Işıl Karabulut, Deniz Üstem
The design brief combines three distinct functions at a massive scale in Ümraniye Istanbul. Silics is a 150.000m2 mix use building combining work, living and shopping. The design strategy brings these functions together under a nature like formation. The inside has a topography, it is open to surprises and variation. The outside has a sharp boundary to create an explicit interaction between the urban setting and the building.
The fragmented green topography creates green space for its users with a sustainable attitude. The semi-courtyard setting creates a comfortable exterior at the residential side of the building. At the city scale this mass is integrated intricately to the urban life by creating various squares around the entrances.