in June 2012 we welcomed our first guests and put our feet up (ish)! the renovation was completed with lots of help from friends in Germany, Italy, Slovenia, France, Russia, Belgium, Holland, Egypt, Spain, Hungary, Poland and Canada alongside extensive help from our Turkish friends, contractors, professionals and artisans without whom alaattin apartments just would not have happened. thanks to you all!
this ended up taking 15 years but we feel it’s been worth it and we hope you do too.
RENOVATED ELEGANCE - a spectacular, L-shaped eight floor building in a quiet street in the heart of old Istanbul. fully restored to exceptional standards of historical and modern design in one of Istanbul’s premier residential neighbourhoods with fantastic connections to all areas of the city as well as direct routes to Istanbul Airport, all via metro.
ISTANBUL LIFE - fixtures and fittings across, L-shaped floor-plans over multiple floors incorporating vaulted or wooden ceilings, stone walls and other features of classic architecture and furnishings from Turkey and farther afield. all fitted with appliances essential for a busy life in a cosmopolitan city.
the communal areas are key to the character of the building and these were again finished using as much attention to detail as the rest of the building.
once all major restructure work had been completed, the team then worked on decorating the interiors and also giving the outside of the building a much needed facelift. Original window frames and railings have really helped to ensure that alaattin fits perfectly with the character of this old and quiet street. Terraces, balconies and window boxes were also finished to add colour to external areas.
reconditioned iron work, wooden stairs and exposed brink work are statement features through alaattin apartments.
any ironwork removed for remodelling purposes was again re-conditioned in the workshop and re-installed in apartments throughout the building to provide a historical feeling to each.apartment. All railings and decorative features ...
all wood that could be saved was again taken to the workshop and reconditioned for use as flooring, doors, tables and shelving to give an aged and used feeling to the apartments and common areas. When combined with the brick and ironwork re-conditioning - alaattin was starting to get her character back. many of the kitchens have original wooden cupboards, work tops and furnishings built from wood nearly 200 years old.
where bricks were damaged or in need of repair they were removed and transported to the workshop where a team cleaned and reconditioned them for use in the final building structures and features in the re-design. as a result, many of the bricks retained their original Constantinople stamps and were re-used throughout the building. see if you can spot them.
it was important to the team that the building was able to be accessed by those with limited mobility and the elderly, so a lift was installed with a private apartment entrance on each of the ground+ floors. the lift and shaft used reclaimed materials where possible as can be seen through the glass floor while you are whisked up to your floor - another fantastic feature of the building.
obviously to meet modern safety regulations, all electrical, water management, fire alarms and air-conditioning systems had to be brought up to modern standards for the comfort and safety of our guests. all items removed were sent to specialist recycling provides to ensure all that could be saved - was saved.
Aaron was keen to involve local labour and craftsmanship in the recycling of his alaattin project. he opened a workshop that would be responsible for cleaning, fixing and recycled for use in the building where at all possible and set a target of 65% of all structural materials to be re-used.
following refurbishment, many original features are reinstalled.
new roof, terraces and further work continues on the lower floors.
attention to ceilings, doors, flors and windows and prepare for water system.
many walls had to be removed, replaced and all flooring prepared for next stage.
the building had to be complete stripped and re-enforced to modern standards.
we scoured the neighbourhood for a building with real character.