The masterplan aimed to bring together the different bars, restaurants, and showrooms in Istanbul who intend to join the project. Borusan Automotive company was one of these companies to rent out a plot for the purpose of building a BMW Expedition Center for educational and training purposes for its staff and its visitors. This building would highlight the innovative image of the company.
The plot is sloped and covered by century-old pine trees. The building is positioned as if it has been slotted within the inclination of the site. The position of the pine trees was undisputedly a major factor for shaping the building, ‘’a bit to the right and to the left that’s it…’’ says Gokhan Avcioglu. Could a form of a building can be shaped so easily?….’’ yes ’’ says Avcioglu. The positioning of the ramp access on to the first floor’s terrace was again shaped by the position of the pine trees. Consequently, the ramp had to crawl in between the tree trunks until it reached to the upper terrace. Such site conditions were what Avcioglu was looking for. A building that would shape itself with the help of given conditions of the site.
During the construction, period decisions had to be made rapidly because of a tight deadline foreseen for the construction process. The BMW Expedition Center was completed in just 45 days.