Riva is a small district of Beykoz in Istanbul that has a population of around 2.000, given the name ‘Riva’ by the Greeks due to the swampy condition of the ground. It is a really small district on shore yet with the very little urbanized area and mostly of untouched natural vegetation and forests. However, with the latest urban renewal projects and the third bridge on Bosphorus, it is soon to become one of the most popular areas for enthusiastic and ignorant contractors.
There is no longer a simple, straightforward relation between centrality and such geographic entities as the downtown, or the trade center. The growing intensity of networks connecting the city centers, partly deterritorialized and embedded in various concentrations of materiality, however redundant and exceedingly improvident use of energy and time.
In that case, Riva Wood is a two sales offices project to be built in a parcel of 5.000.000m2 as a prototype module of materials to be used in the forthcoming project of 1000 units two and three-story houses with wide and spacious gardens.
One of the sale offices is to be placed at the entrance of the land and the other one is to be in the middle of the land as a surprise for the clients. Two alternative sales offices are designed to show the opportunities of the material glulam as elements of wall, beam, and floor in conventional and deconstructive ways.
The first one with the rectangular plan can be seen as a reflection of a modern approach with a more conventional style on the facade, showing the capabilities of structural wooden technology. This one is planned for the entrance of the mainland, a two-story container condensed to a microcosm and filled with the gadgets of modern life.
In the middle of the mainland, the square plan is to surprise the clients of the real advancements of using wooden technology as the structure in a more contemporary shell, a wrapped extension of almost the first one.
‘The flowing river never stops and yet the water never stays the same. Foam floats upon the pools, scattering, re-forming, never lingering long. So it is with man and all his dwelling places on earth’ (Hojoki, Writings from a three square-meter hut)
RIVA SALES OFFICE
CONCEPT PROJECT . 2014 . ISTANBUL, TURKEY . SALES OFFICE . 250m²