Project in Detail
Geomim, ISTANBUL, Turkey
The design logic of W Istanbul, has been based on the magnificence of the Ottoman Empire with a contemporary explication.Mystery, eroticism and glam…
Crystals, jewelry, carved stones and drapes have been used vastly within the whole of the property –with the sense of harem; in order to create a lyrical mystery (see but not be seen)
The magnificence starts from the Welcome area- famous Marmara marble has been used in the main entrance with a side wall; the original stone pattern of the building; carved into oak tree wood. The Welcome Desk design is based on a jewelry box- original crystals have been used under a glass –cut table top.With the mood –lighting color effect and the pattern of an emerald tree on the top, the area is a real attraction point.
Across the Welcome Desk area, ottomans formed from quilted turban design and has classical handicrafts – based on dowry ‘çeyiz’ tradition; in which unmarried girls get prepared for their homes after their wedding.
The SIP area on this same floor is a reflection of the same trend, where the Ottoman seating logic – long seats around the whole of the room- sedir- been used. Large patterns on the long couches and rugs been largely used.
The glamorous effect of the entrance simplifies as you walk up to the higher levels through an imposing brass with brass banisters aside.
The living room design again has been created with the same logic following the entrance and the whole of the project.. The interior design here keeps the general geometry of the whole of the building, sedir type of seating around balanced with the contemporary design elements used in the middle of the venue.
The design elements like the seating and side tables here are from Moroso, Moooi and B & B Italy, where the traditional effect is simplified with these modern objects used..
The bar material is again all oak- modernized wood- where the Ottoman wood patterns were used only as elegant side contours.Living Room has a number of columns with brass grid dressings- again the logic behind is the harem design- where the odalisques had the chance to watch the crowd of the Sultan behind a similar partition.The partition effect is also used here with a big modern patterned black portable partition which creates a sense of privacy for the crowd behind.
Following the sacred wooden steps up to the Spice Market, the feel of growing purity is more visible.In harmony with the original NY Spice Market, the restaurant; Jean Georges’ Spice Market is quite serene and placid.Oak tree is used here widely, again
with ceiling wood patterns from the original Ottoman architecture; balanced with the light colored leather seatings and tables.The main seating logic is kept here as well, seating around the whole corners and sides. A synthesis has been created here and in the overall concept study which is striking yet plain, self-confidient yet modest and harmonious with its surroundings yet respectful to its original identity.
The rooms are the carriers of the soul of this combination logic - east meets west, history meets modernism.The room design is as in the old Turkish houses; Safranbolu style – all the functional activities are hidden behind a panel.The bathroom concept is consistent with this idea – WC, sink and shower facilities are separated and hidden behind wooden closets and doors.The sink is flamboyant – resembling the marble basin of a classical Turkish bath. The red transparent wall separating the shower area definitely creates an egzotic and sexy effect in the room. Marmara marble is again used in all wet ground. The table lighting elements are a modern form of traditional bladder.Rugs carry the patterns of the Turkish hand wovens’.
Due to the original architecture of the original Row Houses, there are a number of different room types – some with private cabanas, terraces and skylights.The cabanas are covered with light drapes, through a pebbly patio – resembling the ones used in the Topkapi Palace gardens.The idea of the drapes and the beddings in the cabanas are again from the traditional ‘cibinlik’ (mosquito net) where all beds were covered in the old Turkish houses... The original stone pattern of the Row Houses have been commented on the patterns on the bathrooms mirrors, bed heads and ceilings.This is as well used in the whole of the guests corridors creating an overall harmony
The accessories used within the Hotel general are from original collections - caftans of the sultans, copper dishes etc.
To summarize, the Ottoman magnificence elements are wisely been infused in the W design elements and logic - unexpected, full of surprises and glamorous!!!