Stag
cover.jpg

Autopia

"Beyond a certain scale, architecture acquires the properties of bigness. the best reason to broach bigness is the one given by climbers of mount everest: ‘because its there.’ Bigness is ultimate architecture.” Rem Koolhaas

Location: Beylikduzu / Istanbul / Turkey
Client: Kelesoglu Gul Group
Architect: GAD & Dara KIRMIZITOPRAK
Project team: Ozan Ertug, Burcak Pekin, Aysu Aysoy, Ali Genc, Gizem Kiroglu, Nesime Onel, Ali Ozgur, Serdar Koroglu
Start / Completion: 2009 / 2012
Building type: low rise
Project type: Commercial
Project site area: 46.750 sqm
Construction area: 170.650 sqm
Status: built 

Autopia is currently the world's biggest auto mall. It's was designed around the automobile- not the human- as the modulator. As discomfiting as this may initially seem, GAD’s design brief was to create, quite literally, a shopping mall for cars, with the automobile being both the object of desire, as well as the end user.

Imagine the circulation of the parking garage combined with the program of a shopping mall, and you have a general idea of GAD’s starting point in designing this extraordinary place. As a parking garage, the circulation is drivable. As a shopping mall, all programmatic space has been effectively doubled to accommodate the automobile, with expansive 6 meter floor-to-ceiling heights and capacious indoor spans which create a sense of the outdoors within. There is a test track at the top of building.

The building facade uses heat-resistant glass curtainwall construction, with galvanized stretch metal screening, which serves to blur and diffuse the building mass, as well as provide surface opportunities to embed graphics and lighting. An 800 meter automotive test track on the roof completes the program to create one of the most unique shopping experiences in Europe.

Courtesy of GAD and Dara KIRMIZITOPRAK

Awards

2010 Europe’s Best Architecture for Autopia, International Property Awards

autopia35.jpg
14.jpg
autopia66.jpg
autopia65.jpg
autopia05.jpg
autopia06.jpg
autopia12.jpg
autopia17.jpg
autopia19.jpg
autopia26.jpg
autopia28.jpg
autopia30.jpg
autopia33.jpg
autopia47.jpg
autopia49.jpg
autopia53.jpg
autopia62.jpg
autopia63.jpg
autopia64.jpg
autopia67.jpg
autopia69.jpg
autopia72.jpg