There has been a huge expansion of the Turkish contemporary art scene over the past few years and a massive proliferation in the creation distribution and collection of Turkish art. Galata (Istanbul) has become one of the areas where artists, collectors and galleries of this budding scene tend to congregate. It is also the center of the new fashion scene with hip shops and eclectic concept stores.
At the forefront of the regeneration of Galata is the Ipera Group, who has greatly contributed to the emergence of the area as a hip new urban center. Since its founding in 2005, it has quickly became one of the most prestigious Turkish property development companies. They specialize in building some of the most exclusive and design-forward properties in Galata. After successfully completing two neighboring renovation projects, Ipera has now rounded off its contribution to the area with the newly opened Ipera25.
Ipera25 was designed by Ahmet Alataş Architecture and introduces a unique example of 21st century architecture to the heart of Istanbul. In this context, it set to be a future landmark that is regarded as being unmistakably of its time, perhaps a prototype of a wave of creative courage to come and a contributor to the ongoing discourse and evolution of the city as a true 21st century hub and a cultural melting pot.
The design contrasts with its historical surroundings in Galata where the architecture dates back as early as the Genovese era. Surrounded by existing buildings of brick construction, with high arched ceilings and solid wooden floor boards light can be an unusual commodity in these narrow cobbled streets.
In contrast, Ipera 25 comes to life with a dynamic and innovative architectural style: a glass and steel shell brings about a flexible and adaptable space – adding an element of translucency by allowing light to shine its interior. 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 homogenous. Old and new merge in the outer shell of the building where outlines suggest homage to classical architecture, bay windows reach out, whilst the outer shell retreats back, providing for the creation of truly innovative domestic modern architecture.