Kemer Golf Resort Hotel

Kemer Golf and Country Club is a country retreat situated 25 km from Istanbul in the heart of the Belgrade Forest. The Country Club was originally founded in 1995 to provide its members with a getaway from the hustle and bustle of Istanbul. While the main attraction for the club has always been the golf course, there are also facilities for horse riding, tennis and other sports as well as a spa and fitness centre. Autoban has seamlessly integrated the new hotel into the existing club facilities by transforming the site of the former clubhouse into the 35-room luxury boutique hotel.

The hotel is situated in a beautiful natural setting, while being in close proximity to Istanbul. Autoban’s design concept conveys a sense of secluded relaxation while also keeping guests connected to their urban lifestyle.

With the Kemer Golf Resort Hotel, the oversized rooms each boast interiors more akin to a home than a hotel in terms of comfort and functionality. The interiors fuse natural materials and rich textures with exceptional craftsmanship. As with all of the studio’s interior projects, the hotel room design is based around a layered interior shell. This time overlapping surfaces covered with custom-designed wallpaper, marble and wood, form a richly layered surface that give the space a domestic feel.

ISTANBUL, 2012-14

Republika Academic Aparts

Bearing the slogan ‘Comfortable as a hotel, warm as a home’, Republika is a new concept in student accommodation with three branches located in different parts of Istanbul. Designed by Autoban, the residencies lever up the standards of student housing with thoughtfully planned habitable units that provide utmost comfort within compact spaces, as well as the carefully organised relationship of private and public areas.

In the first two branches in Ortaköy and Büyükçekmece, the converted properties boast around 230 rooms and 650 beds each, whereas the purpose-built (also by Autoban) Florya branch accommodates 83 rooms with 188 beds.

Since economy and efficiency are the prime goals, all three projects address the challenge of creating pleasurable living environments with cost-effective and durable materials, and coming up with perfect architectural solutions that make the most of daylight, height and space.

In creating the design concept for Republika, Autoban followed the principles of modernist architecture, designing a repetitive module of simple geometric forms that inscribe across the architecture. The series of modules are made to fit in the existing architectural shell of the first two branches, while the individual module forms the basis of the architecture and their repetitive assembly makes up the entire building in the more recent Florya branch.


Witt Istanbul Suites

Starting with its sandstone façade, Witt Istanbul Suites showcases the careful transformation of an old Istanbul apartment into a contemporary boutique hotel. The location has significant history while being at the center of one of city’s most lively neighborhoods, a fact which has set the tone of voice of Autoban’s narrative approach in designing the hotel.

The exterior façade is inspired by the Tophane-i Amire Building at the end of the same street, and the tall windows as well as the French balconies reflect the architectural style of the Italian Hospital across the street.

The 17 loft-like rooms boast walls covered in mirror tiles and layers of wood and steel panels with laser-cut motifs. Opting for the guests to feel like they’ve just stepped into their dream apartment, the studio kitted out each one of the relatively large suites with kitchen-bar units, bathrooms in traditional gray Marmara marble and freestanding furniture to evoke the sense of a home.


The House Hotel Galatasaray

Situated in a 19th-century building named ‘Zenovitch’ in Galatasaray, The House Hotel Galatasaray marks one of Autoban’s long time collaborators, The House Cafés, first foray into hotel operations.

In designing the interiors of the hotel, Autoban imagined a fictional old Istanbul family living in this four-storied townhouse, and thereby retained many of its original features including the stairs, handrails and hall doors, to recover and broadcast the spirit of the area’s past while inserting today’s textures and forms.

On each floor, the bedrooms are reached by long corridors, where the designers installed hexagonally perforated ceiling panels that add bold geometry to the otherwise neutral environments, while also concealing the light fixtures. The room numbers mounted on a rod at a distance from the corridor walls are equipped with their own light source, casting a looming shadow of the number against the white surface.


The House Hotel Bosphorus

Occupying the historical Simon Kalfa building, which is a listed Grade A wooden waterside mansion named after its architect who helped to build many Ottoman palaces and mosques back in the 19th century, The House Hotel Bosphorus is a unique boutique hotel boasting 23 suites over 6 floors.

Inside the 1,070 sqm hotel with spectacular views over the Bosphorus, Autoban creates comfortable and contemporary interiors while keeping the building’s historical architectural elements, such as doors and window frames, intact. Original moldings and detailing are now offset with the play of circular forms and 3D geometrical patterns, which, as decorative patterns, are scattered through the interiors and as trompe l’oeil marquetry on floors (such as the cube-shaped wooden tiles peeling up from the foyer floor to form the reception desk).


The House Hotel Nişantaşı

The second edition of The House Hotel occupies a central location in the city’s toniest shopping and residential district, Nişantaşı, offering a modern guest experience and pit stop of contemporary design in the heart of Istanbul. Set in a 2,200 sqm relatively new building, the hotel accommodates 45 rooms of five types over six floors with a library on the first floor. Lobby, restaurant, meeting room, and the bar are also located on this floor overlooking the busy shopping street below.

Each of the 45 rooms as well as the shared areas are wallpapered by a layered interior shell made of oak panels. The rooms feature a bar, a wine rack, and an exposed bathroom with floor-to-ceiling glass that can be shuttered with Venetian blinds, if desired. The bathrooms are clad with black-veined white Carrera marble on both floors and walls, bordered with beige Bursa marble.

In designing the interiors of the hotel, Autoban imagined a fictional old Istanbul family living in this four-storied townhouse, and thereby retained many of its original features including the stairs, handrails and hall doors, to recover and broadcast the spirit of the area’s past while inserting today’s textures and forms.

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