Recipient of the Aga Khan Award for Architecture in 2010.
The Ipekyol factory, a custom-designed facility for a manufacturer of high-quality textiles, represents a successful collaboration between a client and an architect in developing a spatial strategy that integrates production goals with the well-being of employees. Key design objectives focused on a single U-shaped volume that makes full use of the site as well as the use of local materials, reduced energy use, and enhanced thermal performance. The architect responded with a single, large structure where administration and production spaces were integrated under one roof, breaking down hierarchies between front- and back-of-house functions. The form of the building conveys its function, its U-shape responding to the demands of the production line, from inception to the packaging and dispatch of the garments. The glazed southern facade, five internal courtyards, as well as gardens and light wells give each user access to natural light and views of nature, and the spaces also provide recreational areas for the workers.
Source: Aga Khan Trust for Culture
Design 2004-2005, construction 2005-2006, completion 2006
Demirkapi Mevkii, Kirklareli Yolu Uzeri, Edirne, Edirne Province
Mostafavi, Mohsen, editor. Implicate & Explicate: Aga Khan Award for Architecture. Baden: Lars Müller Publishers, 2011.
The Aga Khan Award for Architecture was established by His Highness the Aga Khan in 1977 to identify and encourage excellence in architecture and other forms of intervention in the built environment of societies with Muslim presence. The award is given every three years and recognizes all types of building projects that affect today’s built environment. Smaller projects are given equal consideration as large-scale buildings. The book presents the shortlist of nineteen projects, including the five award recipients for the 11th cycle of the Aga Khan Award for Architecture. In their variety across culturally diverse areas of the globe, what these projects have in common is a commitment to design excellence despite constraints of budget, resources, climate, technology, or politics.