D Cafe in Kocaeli Province, Turkey is an innovative cafe wrapped in floor-to-ceiling windows and layers of recycled metal. The cafe is located on the campus for automotive importer Dogus Automotive AS, and its metal skin frames a vibrant social space. Istanbul-based design firm Muum sought to blend the border between the inside and outside, giving visitors a dose of nature while they relax.
Through the use of an integrated design approach, the architects created a consistent visual and formal language that makes the facade and the volume of the building appear as a unified whole. One of the most notable design elements is the building’s transparency, which draws natural lighting into the interior and provides a direct connection with the outside.
Perforated anthracite metal plates were arranged in a rhythmic composition and frame the volume of the building, the interior of which looks like it extends into the landscape and the green space in front of the structure. Simple and striking, D Cafe dominates its surroundings and functions as an essentially extroverted space in its more subdued surroundings.
Photos by Anday Bodur