alaattin apartments comprises of two late 19th century masonry buildings which were sustainably redeveloped and carefully restored resulting in the creation of seven luxurious residences and one ground level office|shop unit. The restoration focused on maintaining as much of the aesthetic and charming features found from this highly sought after, immensely important architectural period - reflecting high society Beyoglu in the 1920|30s and the culturally diverse Constantinople at the turn of 19th|20th century.
A plethora of original details were successfully retained|repurposed resulting in a restoration full of exquisite detail without compromising the quality of modern European lifestyle. All our beautifully styled apartments have special, unique features and individually styled - each providing a perfect place to live, work and relax in a 'Triple A', city-centre location and get ready to endlessly explore this vibrant, historical city straddling Europe and Asia.
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The design and redevelopment program created for the restoration work at alaattin apartments was carefully planned and strategically aligned with our key sustainability principles. Overall work had a higher percentage of directly sourced labour and a preference for local suppliers thereby providing a positive impact directly to the local economy.
Many of the features resulting from following our key sustainable principles can be seen throughout the property such as the restoration of the original brick walls and vaulted ceilings, the using of traditional period doors and the sourcing of antique floors. Many of these principles are found when understanding the approach that was taken - preferential hiring of neighbourhood tradesmen and local artisan workshops in order to make a direct and positive economic presence in the area.
To facilitate a fluid restoration program, a fully operating workshop was built and fitted out which employed a small team of full time carpenters devoted to both the restoration of the project and also focus on various bespoke woodworking elements such as furnishings, doors, cabinets and wardrobes deployed tastefully throughout the development. This team and workshop were able to provided much needed support and were engaged to build other projects in and around Beyoglu.
A further example of our sustainable and impact orientated approach was our engagement of a group of young architecture students from the restoration department of Mimar Sinan University joined the alaattin apartments team which offered these young students both a chance to work on an actual restoration project as well as the opportunity to participate in key design and construction challenges. Our program proved highly successful both in tremendous results from the students works as well as greatly assisting their academic development and hands-on experience to enhance their future roles and careers.
The collective results of these various efforts were instrumental in what we managed to achieve as a whole. We successfully engaged with our local community, contracted as much as possible with local artisans and maintained a healthy connection to the residents and tourists at all times.
A walkthrough of alaattin apartments shows a constant theme - illustrating the rich history of Galata by rejuvenating as much of the original building as possible. This was our key mission from the start and we successfully created the feeling of “Istanbul indoors” while maintaining a modern home, making guests feel at home in a city famous for international trade and cultural diversity.