When I first saw this colourful and cosy little home in Turkey I was first of all struck by the clever use of wall space. In every room the walls have been utilised to provide storage and opportunities for decoration. But I was also drawn in by the colourful textures, the traditional mosaic tiles, the collections, and the general atmosphere of comfort. Not to mention its stunning location amidst a very pleasant and verdant garden overlooking the beautiful Bosphorus.
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Kandilli House was designed by Ofist for a young man in his mid 30’s, who has a successful technology based business. He lives between the two chaotic metropolises of Istanbul and London. Originally from a Mediterranean village, he still spends all his vacations back home where he grew up, and enjoys the peacefulness of a rural life. This home was specifically designed to be the perfect combination of a village and a city house.
It was designed to be functional and to suit the owner’s basic needs. Therefore the base design is sleek, modern and tranquil. But it doesn’t surprise me to learn that the owner spends most of his daily home life with books and musical instruments, and that the sitting room is often filled with friends. He’s also a collector of rare books and engravings of Istanbul, especially of 17th century Konstantinapolis. One of the two engravings in the house is Melling’s Buyuk Dere portrait, and the other is a rare old panorama.
The living room is designed in two sections. The upper elevated part embraces the beautiful view over the garden. It contains a low seating area with a coffee table where guests dine in the tradtional way. And at the other end is a fireplace and the ‘music’ corner. A continuous bookshelf connects both spaces.
The shelving system creates an ingenious window between the seating area and the entrance hall. This is a perfect display shelf that connects the two spaces and brings light into the corridor. The mosaic tiles in the entrance imitate the kilims placed all around for a pleasant feeling for naked feet.
With little need of storage, the bedroom is designed to be spacious. The bathroom walls are covered with handmade ceramic tiles, while the oak parquet flooring used all around the house, connects all of the rooms. All of which introduce warmth into the functional design.
Last but not least, the garden provides a few different seating area options. A glass covered all season seating area, a wooden deck over Bosphorus, and a dining area under the vine.
Kandilli House was designed by Ofist.