MB Residences

Client               Oktay Construction

Location           Mersin, Turkey

Program           Residential (240 Units)

Area                 55.000 m2

Scope               Masterplan, Concept Design, Schematic Design, Permit Drawings, Construction Document

Status               Schematic Design (Est. Construction Date 2020)

The project masterplan for this 240-unit residential development proposes elongated periphery blocks that frame a lush green space and maximize the number of garden & south facing units. The landscape concept is derived from the idea of “Second Nature”, a loose, shifting grid that takes inspiration from the citrus orchards and palm trees found in the area. The communal spaces are embedded into the landscape, which acts as a porous architectural backdrop creating shade for social functions. For the residential blocks, 2 plan typologies are proposed based on maximizing connection to the outdoors and passive ventilation opportunities to mitigate the warm, humid climate. Both plans benefit from compact central cores, courtyards, and intermediate gardens that establish a rhythm along the block length. Care is taken to ensure every room has access to natural daylight and every unit has either a favorable view facing the south or the proposed landscape at the center. Thus, as an alternative to the detached single-family houses of the Mersin suburb and the typical apartment buildings of the city, a fresh new lifestyle that is one with nature is realized.

Team: Kerim Miskavi, Zeynep Burçoglu, Cansu Nar