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Akaretler Row Houses

Effect PLD 2006-2008, developed the architectural lighting design project of Akaretler Sıraevler by Bilgili Holding, architectural design by Geomim. The project, which high­lights luxury residences, high-end designer shops, offices and W Istanbul; the first W property opening in Europe, located in the heart of Besiktas. The historical Row Houses were constructed by Sultan Abdulaziz in the l870's to house the workers of the Dolmabahce Palace; a symbol of the magnificence and decadence of the 19th-century Ottoman Empire, they are one of the first examples of public housing in Ottoman Empire. This set of residences is one of the best examples of the civil architecture of 1870's with their neoclassical front design, with forms that directly reflects the first moves towards westernization, which affected the Ottoman Empire. The Akaretler Row Houses were the first examples of the change at the time, from traditional stonework/ wooden to stone or brick houses with 4-6 story row or block dwellings, detached houses with gardens. The locality has an individual sex appeal reflected through the mystical and exotic breath of the Ottoman and on trend at the same time. The architect/designer of the project, one of the most creative firms in Turkey, has been chosen to combine this authentic Ottoman-style design with the unique signature design elements where the residents and locals can socialize, relax, unwind or recharge in a communal setting. The aim of the overall project is to create a vibrant district with a neo-bohemian lifestyle with the inclusion of all the most upscale restaurant & bars of town. Akaretler Row Houses crowns a space totalling 60,000 square meters, of which 55,000 square meters is closed and 5,000 square meters uncovered.


Client

Bilgili Holding

Architect

Geomim

Location

Akaretler, Istanbul

Year

2006

Status

Completed