African Design Magazine December 2015 - Page 40

HUMAN D Café was designed under the concept of providing a social interaction space for employees of Dogus Automotive AS in central corporational campus which is located in Çayırova region of Kocaeli in Turkey. S implicity, humancentric proportion and transparency are the tools that make this building inviting. The details on facade surfaces, changing compositions on coatings, break the solid impression by integrating building with landscape and providing an eye contact to it’s users with the green area in front of it. In order to create user-friendly social space, the designers had considered easy and flexible use. In addition, the integrated design approach was supported by creating a design language with the facade and mass of the building. All interior elements follow the same language with the building in harmony with their material, texture and colour selections. Transparency had been one of the key words of the design, while aiming to increase the relation between the building and its surrounding. This lead to impressive light and shade movements in the interior and outer space of the building while taking maximum advantage of the natural lighting. Details on glass coatings, perforated antasite metal plates, had created a rythmic composition on the facade surfaces. Also the design shows environment friendly character by using recycled metal plates and flat textures on its facade while the expressive eaves completes the contour of the mass of the building. The single-floor design approach that follows the human scale and recycled material coated defining surface reflects MuuM’s design flavour. PROJECT TEAM The building’s simple but environment-integrated form links it’s users with the green space in front of it. This extroverted approach defines not only an architectural mass composition, but furthermore, it builds physical contextual web with the surroundings. AD 40 ARCHITECTS: MuuM LOCATION: Istanbul, Turkey SIZE: 150m2 PHOTOGRAPHER: Anday Bodur