Kandilli House Design Project, Istanbul

Discover this design project in Istanbul – a relaxing home with a view of the Bosphorus.

Kandilli House in Istanbul, Turkey, a cozy little home in a beautiful garden with a view of the lovely Bosphorus, was created by Ofist design studio as a synthesis of a village and a city house for a young man who has a life in between two busy metropolises like Istanbul and London.

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Kandilli House – a 100 square meters of a comfortable little home in the relaxing greenery of a garden facing the blueness of the beautiful Bosphorus, designed by Ofist for a young man in his mid 30’s, who enjoys a peaceful life, and owns a successful technology-based business. Originally from a Mediterranean village, he still spends all his vacations back home where he grew up and enjoys the peacefulness of the simple joys of life. He likes carpentry and spends time on the farm.

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Rural Meets Urban Home Design

A life in between two busy urban centers like Istanbul and London, and this little house – designed as a synthesis of a rural and urban home. It is designed for just the basic needs of the simple lifestyle and not one single additional thing. Very functional and just enough. Nestling over Bosphorus, the traditional feelings, local textures, kilims, fabrics, and habits act as the main decorating characteristic of the interior, whereas the base design is sleek, modern, and tranquil since living and working in the middle of the busy city in the year 2020, requires a modern and practical living.

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In the calm and quiet home life of the house owner, when in the company of friends, they make music with electronic and acoustic musical instruments like traditional saz, piano, oud, godin multioud, etc. The owner of the house likes reading and gazing through encyclopedias a lot and spends most of the daily home life with books and musical instruments. He collects 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.

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Traditional Décor in Modern Interior

The living room design is created in two sections; one step elevated seating area to embrace the beautiful view and the garden which also hosts the traditional way of dining on sini (coffee) table and the music corner in front of the fireplace. The continuous bookshelf connects both interior spaces.

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The shelving system creates a window between the seating area and the entrance hall, connecting the two interior spaces and bringing light to the corridor. The mosaic tiles in the entrance area imitate the kilims placed all around for a pleasant feeling for the bare feet.  A huge Devrim Erbil painting of Istanbul panorama takes its place in this hall.

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With little need for storage, the bedroom is designed spacious. The bathroom and the toilet walls are covered with handmade ceramic tiles, with the oak parquet flooring placed all around the house, and accompanied with kilims.

The garden provides a few different seating area optionsA glass-covered all-season seating area, a wooden deck over Bosphorus, and a dining area under the vine.

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Project Name: Kandilli House

Project Office: Ofist design studio

Project Location: Istanbul, Turkey



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