Irme Elektrik Headquarters by XL Architecture + Engineering
The HQ aims to be a working atmosphere that will enrich a value to the environment, the city and the lives of its employees
Irme Elektrik Company is a market leader company in Turkey, being the exclusive representative of General Electric, Osram and Panasonic. The company required an headquarters building that would house a showroom, sales area, warehouse spaces, offices, recreational and educational areas for personnel, and a private area for the owner of the company.
XL Architecture+Engineering was commissioned by Irme Elektrik Company firstly to fulfill the needs of the program but primarily to design an artifact that will inspire the inhabitants of the citizens of Izmir.
XL Architecture+Engineering proposed a triple mechanism design strategy. “Architectural meaning is subjected to latency: in this case, the envelope which is composed of porcelain tiles in the colours of General Electric, Osram and Panasonic are intertwined so as to define new relations within their surroundings and themselves,” explains the design team.
Explaining the concept, the team added: “Within a quadruple mechanism of composition: ‘Participation’ enables to design zones of collective experience, ‘Transform’ enables to design spaces shifting their meanings and interrelations throughout time, ‘Liberate’ enables to design spaces dissolving their visual and perceptual boundaries and ‘Unfold’ enables to design spaces defining their surroundings – the street, the city.”
The design strategy utilises the Box Strategy that proposes new and creative ways of using, producing, operating and consuming spaces. In this case, the extensions on the rear facade, backyard and the additional roof are perceived as the illusional unfoldings of the monolithic main building.
Name of the client: İrme Elektrik Ltd. Şti.
Name of the firm: XL Architecture+Engineering
Design team: Arda Işık, Ceren Çağan, Cemre Akalın, Mehmet Sadık Aksu, Hilal İduğ, Candan Öztürk, Tayfun Torunoğlu.
Prime contractor: Aron Müteahhitlik
Subcontractor: Yön Müteahhitlik
Total construction area: 4,428 sq-m
Exterior façade cladding: Kalebodur KaleSinterflex Porselen Seramik (Cermim Mimarlık Müh.)
Photographs: ZM Yasa Architectural Photography