Gen Bilimci (Geneticist): Vakko Fashion Center

Monday, October 14, 2013
Wood Auditorium

REX Principal Joshua Prince-Ramus, Project Manager David Menicovich, and On-Site Architect Ishtiaq Rafiuddin; Façade Consultant Marc Simmons, Front; and Interior Designer Sefer Çağlar, Autoban

Responses by Merve Çağlar, SAHA Contemporary Art, and Galia Solomonoff, GSAPP

An x-ray look at one building by key players in its realization. The Vakko Fashion Center, a 40,000 square-foot headquarters for the Turkish fashion house Vakko and its related media company, which was completed in 2012, began in Southern California, with REX’s design for a new building at Caltech. A sudden change in the school’s administration halted plans and freed them up for a new client in Istanbul, Vakko, which needed a new home within one year. In this unusual story, construction began merely four days after REX received the commission, with plans quickly altered to include offices, showrooms, conference rooms, an auditorium, museum, and dining hall, as well as television studios, radio production facilities and a screening hall around the existing concrete skeleton of a former hotel—a striking building-within-a-building that exemplifies quick thinking and adaptive reuse.

Istanbul Week, October 13–19
Interdisciplinary conversation to launch the newest node in the Studio-X Global Network, Studio-X Istanbul, Meclis-i Mebusan Caddesi, No: 37 Salıpazarı, Beyoğlu, on November 8. Istanbul Week is co-organized by the Columbia Global Centers | Turkey.


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