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Tüten Apartment Building

Istanbul, Turkey
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The building appears to have five upper storeys on a ground floor from the main street side. However it also has an attic and three underground levels which are not visible. The lowest basement has the laundry, the second lowest two apartments and the first an underground garage for three vehicles. The attic level houses the maids' apartments. The main entrance to the building is rather large with a small pond and lobby area. Each normal floor houses a single apartment unit reaching 350 squaremeters in size with three living rooms, six bedrooms, bathroom, shower, two WCs, an ironing room, kitchen and service space. The long corridor, which gives access to the service spaces and faces the sea on the other direction, connects the living rooms to the bedrooms. The building reflects the modernist architectural characteristics of the 1930s such as rounded corners and balconies, horizontal rows of windows ending in semi-circles, circular openings, lighter colored frames or borders around the openings and the black and white marble tiles of the lobby.

The building was constructed with a reinforced concrete skeletal system with brick infill walls. The exterior façades of the basement and the ground floor levels are covered with a dark-green colored natural tuff called Kavak stone. The upper floors are plastered and the back façade is artificial stone. The living and bedrooms of the apartments are covered with wooden parquets. The bathrooms and kitchen floor and walls are covered with ceramic tiles. The door and window handles were especially produced for the building. All the interior walls were oil painted and solid walnut built-in furniture was installed. All the rooms were indirectly illuminated. The building also had a central heating and hot water system and a lift, which was imported from a Viennese Company named Wertheim.


This building is one of the important modern residential building examples of 1930s, reflecting modernist architectural influence on Turkish architects. The exterior mass and façade characteristics of the building have been preserved. The building is still used as apartments with residential or commercial function.

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