The headquarter building for Empera, one of the biggest companies that manufactures machine-woven carpets in the southeast of Turkey has been designed in the organized industrial zone (oiz*) in Gaziantep where the company also has its manufacturing factory. The headquarter building was planned to become a reference building in a setting with rather restricted architectural references and was to represent the strong brand identity. Moreover the design of the project was guided by the climate, its surrounding natural landscape, effective use of daylight and multiple functions that this building was to host.
▼总部大楼爆炸轴测图及外观轴测图，the exploded axon and the axon
Inspired by the red soil found in the region and being a living, organic material, brick was chosen to be the predominant material of the project. Different types of plants in outdoor pots were integrated in the design of the facade. Hence, the building rising up as a reinterpreted expression of the surrounding red soil – moor landscape, was made to stand out against its serene, natural setting.
▼总部大楼远景，大楼从其单调的建筑环境中脱颖而出，exterior view from the distance, standing out against its monotonous architectural setting
▼总部大楼近景外观，选择红砖作为主要的建筑材料，重新诠释了红土环境，close exterior view with the bricks as the predominant material, reinterpreting the surrounding red soil – moor landscape
The green interface in front of the windows contributed to increasing the feeling of comfort created in the inner space which opened up to a tough geography in a continental climate and also gave the users of the building the oppotunity to relate to nature.
▼总部大楼近景外观局部，窗前设置一系列绿植，与大楼的立面设计融为一体，partial close exterior view, the green interface in front of the windows is integrated in the design of the facade ©AycaTaylan
▼总部大楼近景外观局部，窗前设计一系列绿植，partial close exterior view with the plants in front of the windows ©AycaTaylan
▼总部大楼近景外观局部，四层空间的外墙略微向内退进，形成了一个半开放式的露台，partial close exterior view, with a withdrawn facade on the third floor, a semi open terrace is created ©AycaTaylan
▼总部大楼入口局部，partial view of the entrance ©AycaTaylan
The ground floor, with the entry to the building emphasized via a wide and inviting canopy, accommodates the reception, design and operation units, and the first floor the administrative offices. The second floor hosts the showroom area, and the third floor the common social areas consisting of cafeteria, meeting rooms, lounge and play space. With a withdrawn facade on the third floor, a semi open terrace with a panaromic view is created. It was aimed that each designed space in the building would benefit from natural light and the view in the most effective way possible. While the separation between different units in the building was actualized in a permeable manner, a sense of inner flow and continuity was achieved through the use of custom made furniture, creating a spacious inner area.
▼首层室内空间，设计区和运营区的办公空间，interior view of the ground floor accommodating the design and operation units
▼从二层曲线形的走廊看室内空间，空间明亮且享受自然光线和景观，interior view from the curved corridor on the first floor, the space is bright and benefits from natural light and the view
▼从二层曲线形的走廊看室内空间，采用曲线的元素和螺旋楼梯，interior view from the curved corridor on the first floor, using the curve elements and spiral stairs
▼二层行政办公区，the administrative offices on the first floor
▼三层窗边休息区，the lounge beside the window on the second floor
▼四层公共社交区域，享有景观视野，the common social areas on the third floor with beautiful view
▼四层会议室细节，details of the meeting room on the third floor
The building was designed to become a contemporary architectural interpretation of the references taken from the site it resides in and aims at introducing a novel look to the region.
▼总部大楼入口夜景，night view of the entry
▼首层平面图，ground floor plan
▼二层平面图，first floor plan
Location: Gaziantep / Turkey
Design: Yerce Architecture & ZAAS
Program: Office building design and landscape design
Year: 2017 – 2018
Size: 2500 m2
Team: Nail Egemen Yerce, Ayça Taylan, Zeynep Şankaynağı, Barış Çağlar, Melike Kavalalı, Gökçe Demiral
Lighting Consultant: Lighting Lab.1 – Faruk Uyan
Construction: Yaşar Yapı
Photography: Yerce Art Photography-Emin Emrah Yerce, Ayça Taylan