The building is a whole with the area it's built on, the street it connects with, its interior and its facade. The old marks on the facade, the plaster rashes, dirt and the defects should not be hidden as if they cause some kind of a shame. They are the inevitable destiny of them being there for a long time. They have been standing there since the first day they were built and have contacted too many people up to now. So the current facades of the buildings are not a shame, but a symbol of timelessness. However it is not possible to talk about this for the ground floors because this is the characteristic feature of trade axes.
The trade axes force the buildings they are located on to split vertically into two parts: continuously changing ground floors due to many different reasons and the upper floors which have been used mainly for the same purposes since the day they have been constructed. The ground floor functions where life passes and where people are often interacting with each other, constantly change and cause the facade of the street transform frequently. On the other hand, the upper floors of the same buildings, stand still with their usual constancy. Therefore, the fact that makes the street recognizable is not the ever-changing ground floors but the facades of the above-ground floors that have remained the same since the first day they were built. 


The proposed design consists of various moves for the ground floor functions to unite and the upper floor functions to become surfaces that will allow them to age again.

A texture is formes by the gathering of wooden elements starting from the 1st floor balcony, continuing through the ground floor facade all the way to the street level. The arrangement of these wooden elements form different urban furnitures. They form the ATM modules in front of the banks, the single or double table modules in front the cafeterias, the exhibition modules or advertising panel modules and so on. This kind of modularity makes it possible for the ground to remain still despite the ever-changing conditions of the ground floor. Today, when a shop transforms into a cafe, the wooden elements can be changed allowing the function to have a stronger connection with the street and the street texture to remain the same.

Award             PURCHASING AWARD

Location         Gazi Street   |   Elazig

Client             Elazig Municipality

Program         Urban Renovation

Type                 Competition Project

Project Year    2015

Lebriz Atan 
Sacit Arda Karaatlı

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