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  • Exploring And Thinking Outside The Box: ING Bank Turkey


20 / 10 / 2016
The renovation of ING Bank Turkey Headquarters, located in Maslak, a significant finance field of Istanbul, has been designed by analyzing, exploring and thinking outside the box, yet not interfere with institution’s working structure. The project designed by Istanbul based Bakırkure Architects, puts an example of how to make a working space both efficient and joyful.

The renovation was started with a project workout within the participation of current employees. By getting their current space experiences, it was aimed to analyze their needs and expectations to create more dynamic and ergonomic office atmosphere that also meets their needs.

Outcome of these analyses formed the design strategy of the project. Dynamic structure of the institution is tried to be reflected to every part of the building. In order to achieve the control for general manager assistants and directors, their places were located on the corners of the floors. To enjoy daylight, workstations were located beside the window edge. Rooms that require daylight relatively less, like meeting rooms, were located mostly in inner parts. By protecting current core structure of the building, supporting units and common spaces were located around the core.

Benefitting from the opportunities of today’s technology, mobile working corners were created. These spaces were planned to provide alternative working spaces for an alternative working style. In understanding of mobile open office organization that provides an alternative zone to work in, standard workstations were shifted to shared desks for collaborated working. By reforming the space, the routine of working on the very same chair and same desk is broke. The “personal desks” were long gone and the only thing left for employees is to choose where to work with their laptops. This freedom sense also motivates people and makes them work more efficiently.

To reach the maximum height of the ceiling, that also chances the perception of the space, exposed ceiling is used instead of suspended ceiling. The whole mechanical system has solved in a mesh ceiling around the core. Jet nozzle insufflation technology is used for office spaces and meeting rooms. By this way, one of the problems mentioned in workshop survey has been solved.

For the ING bank’s young and dynamic staff, the design of the office had to be innovatively. That’s why colors and advertising works were used surrounding the space, ‘feels like home comfort’ siting areas and playfields were created each differing from flat to flat. The kitchen is hold with a new understanding and container cafes to grab and drink something in were created. Phone booths for the private phone calls and lockers used by each and every employee to keep their personal belongings and mails were added to the space.

Also the food court has become the heart of the project by splitting it up for multiple usages. These new flexible functions enable to meet, read and socialize with the help of social stairs, winter garden, and basketball court. Food court is converted into a very active and useful space(s) instead of using it only for one hour of the whole day.
Project Location: Istanbul/ Turkey

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