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issue 21 - August/September 2014
CURVE magazine cover August/September 2014

Straight Lines

A Refurbished Office Space Comes Alive

Salon Architects, from Istanbul, Turkey, took on a challenging project when they redesigned a standard series of offices for a local law firm. The CT Law Office is a refurbished space inside an office building that is structured within a repetitive standard building grid. In an effort to overcome the standard layout and to create something a little different, Salon Architects took on this rigid, dull grid to create a tension between the linear and nonlinear.

CT Law Office is located inside a very conventional orthogonal office building structure, but the office represents the inherent qualities of the law institution with its nonlinear yet unbiased and strong form. The tensions between the orthodox rectangular volumes and the oblique surfaces, as well as the contrast between cold and warm materials, also embody the the intrinsic values of the occupant's profession.

The interior corridor behaves as a transitional zone between the areas occupied by the lawyers and their clients. This longitudinal space divides the service spaces from the offices and then ends with the management room, creating a clear delineation of the working space. The colors and materials distinguish the surfaces by their use; a dark gray zone represents service functions, the wooden surfaces cover storage spaces.

The slim linear lighting on the ceiling guides visitors between spaces that are organized hierarchically in terms of their use. Lighting fixtures are specifically designed to align the tectonic nature of the design language; depending on the viewers' perception the folded metal plate of the lighting installation on one hand is a horizontal line and on the other, a non-orthographic object like the mathematical conception of referential relationships known as covariance.

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