Gokturk 118 apartment building, consisting of 32 residential and commercial units, blends into the Göktürk, Eyüp residential neighborhood in Istanbul. The innovative building consists of two prismatic blocks, designed by local design studio CM Mimarlik, which merge to a corner to create a pleasant rhythm with its sustainable glass mosaic facade and opaque plaster-clad volumes.
The two volumes have different heights – 12.5-meters and 15.50-meters, but meet at the corner to create a unified whole. The two separately perceived prisms act as an extension of the street fronts that dominate the area but introduce a small degree of eccentricity that breaks up the monotony.
Residential units are organized so that living rooms, bedrooms, study rooms and kitchens are all aligned on the same façade. Thanks to the fact that these require different types of openings, the architects were able to create a playful, unified facade with variations in transparency and opaqueness. The glass mosaic appears as a maintenance-free, sustainable material and ads an element of warmth to the otherwise clean and rhythmic facade.