"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.