Asmaçatı Shopping and Meeting Point is a semi-open shopping facility in Balçova, Izmir, Turkey. Inspired by the climate and the Aegean tradition of spending time outdoors, the shopping center is an enjoyable place to shop, meet, rest and eat. Teens, families and friends alike can all enjoy the space. Asmaçatı SMP is located at a critical juncture between the sea, the mountains and a well-used road that accesses many people’s summer homes. Whether visitors are on their way to and from weekend vacations or stopping by for everyday shopping, ASMP offers an enjoyable space to meet and shop.
The center is anchored by a large hypermarket store and features 18 boutique shops and restaurants. The form references traditional gazebos, which are usually covered in ivy leaves on the top and the sides. Large metal shade screens perforated with leaf shapes cover the walkways, dining patios and a courtyard to provide shady places to rest. Natural ventilation, daylighting, and plentiful planters create a pleasant microclimate. This permeable space combines sustainability, retail, open public space, recreation and street life into an enjoyable outdoor atmosphere for all to enjoy.
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