Empowering women through communal production
Bayburt, a rural province of 60.000, located in the north-east of Turkey is known for its harsh weather. Pioneered by the BAKSI Foundation of Arts and Culture, on a plot that has been donated by a local retired teacher, the House is developed with the aim of sustaining the local resources, know-how and the tradition, enabling personal development by respecting the potential of the rural women. Upgrading the women's social and economic life is the major focus so that for many generations of women of all ages will come together under one roof.
In the framework of an exclusive program, the layout of the center is designed with respect to the requirements of various productions, from carpet weaving to traditional way of cooking in the wood-fire.
As well as respecting local patterns and architectural values, bearing in mind the climate and geographical conditions, utilizing contemporary technologies and methods is not avoided for more feasible and sustainable solutions, and better building performance.
The building responds to the climatic and geographical conditions of the region and concretely puts them into a modest, functional and harmonious monolithic entity.
In this common "home", shaped by being humble, functional, harmonious and inclusive criteria, individuals will be able to produce, learn, teach, and develop products while feeling at home and together with other women; their production will benefit them directly in the store which is a part of the center.
In the architectural context, the "structure" is shaped and positioned align with the use of the multifunctional areas, following the voluntary tale; the spaces in their simplicity and openness, provide a configurable ‘place’, customized by the users and their needs. With the tradition of the Turkish House of Life, a spatial understanding of sharing, each individual will find a particular place that is convenient for the nature of her work.
The steep roof, a mandatory grammar due to the heavy snowfall is stylistically embedded and acts as an agent to divide the overall structure into smaller volumes in harmony with the built environment.
The Women's Center shares and evaluates the experiences of Bayburt women with various interests, skills and abilities, so that it will serve as a resource for society, and for each participant, mutually.
The dynamic communal space is designed as a gathering point, especially for women and kids, as a welcoming, reliable place where experiences and practices are shared, and most importantly, a place where all village women feel belonging.
With its long family tradition since 1950’s, spanning over six decades, Tabanlıoğlu Architects is established in 1990 by Murat Tabanlıoğlu (RIBA, Chartered Member, Int'l. Assoc. AIA,) and Dr. Hayati Tabanlıoğlu. Melkan Gürsel (AIA Int.) joined the group as a partner in 1995. Istanbul-based architectural firm demonstrates a professionalism based on rigor and know-how, and searching for new efficiencies in terms of global and environmental needs and developments, the practice is currently engaged in major assignments worldwide, having offices in Dubai, Doha, London and New York with 200 employees. Operating mainly in Turkey, MENASA and CIS Countries, winner of international awards like RIBA International, Tabanlıoğlu works comprise wide range of building types. Respecting resources and existing values, office aims high to benefit new technologies, envisioning needs of people of our era of novelties and rapid changes.