IPERA 25 is an award-winning new-built project, introducing a unique example of 21st century architecture in the historic fabric of Galata, the heart of Istanbul.
An abandoned, non-descript warehouse used to occupy the plot where IPERA 25 now stands, conflicting its historical surroundings in Galata neighbourhood where architecture dates back as early as the Genovese era. Most of the existing buildings in the area are of brick construction, with highly arched ceilings and solid wooden floorboards.
Natural light is often a rare commodity in these narrow streets where each building further extends its claim to space and light from the street via their protruding traditional bay windows.
Working with Ahmet Alataş architects in Istanbul, IPERA 25 was designed to come to life with a dynamic and innovative architectural style: a glass and wooden shell which brings about a flexible and adaptable space – adding an element of translucency by allowing day-light to shine through most of its exterior surfaces.
Common spaces serve as the living organism of the construction; a glass elevator reveals the mechanical spine of the building, whereas private areas are simple, refined and homogeneous. Old and new merge in the outer shells of the building; the outline suggests homage to classical architecture: bay windows reach out, while the outer shell retreats back, providing for the creation of truly innovative residential modern architecture. The angle and the translucency of the outer shell deliver much-needed additional natural light to the whole street, instead of casting a long shadow over the narrow street.