Responding to this year’s theme ‘Emotional States’, the Istanbul-based practice, Tabanlıoğlu Architects represents Turkey at this year’s London Design Biennale 2018 with housEmotion. Open until the 23rd September, the installation explores the ambiguous question of where we belong and the emotional meaning of the home in an age of increasingly transient living.
‘housEmotion looks like a house, but is it a home?’
The pavilion starts with the most elemental idea of a house: a cubic form. Created using a series of white rods as a simple border demarcating the limits of the home. Gaps between the rods lend a semi-transparency to the structure, drawing visitors in but also allowing the space to dissolve into the wider environment.
Inside, a comforting environment has been created for visitors to spend time and relax. A divan sits within the heart of the space, which Tabanlıoğlu describe as “like a mother’s lap”. At night, lights embedded in the rods turn the structure into a glowing lantern.
Tabanlıoğlu also reference the psychoanalyst DW Winnicott and his ground-breaking work on childhood development, Home is Where We Start From as an inspiration for housEmotion.
“There is a variety of perceptions of what home really is today. The question ‘Where are you from?’ prompts myriad answers. The meaning of home for a person may simply be a smartphone with a full memory, or it may be something more fundamental to our sense of self.” – Tabanlıoğlu Architects.
HousEmotion is supported by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Culture and Tourism of Turkey. The installation has been realized with the contributions of NURUS and TEPTA.
Tabanlıoğlu have previously participated in the London Design Festival. Tn 2015, the practice exhibited Transition, Hot / Wet in collaboration with Arik Levy at Somerset House. The installation combined different disciplines, creativities and materials. In 2016, Tabanlıoğlu presented their Beloved an installation at the Victoria & Albert Museum inspired by Sabahattin Ali’s novel “Madonna in a Fur Coat”.
HousEmotion, located within the historic courtyard of Somerset House, is open to visitors during the London Design Biennale, 4 – 23 September 2018.
About Tabanlıoğlu Architects
The architecture firm TA_ was founded in 1990 by Murat Tabanlioğlu (RIBA, Chartered Member, and Int’l. Assoc. AIA) and his father; the office’s pronounced affinity for architecture can be traced back to Dr. Hayati Tabanlioğlu’s architectural work, which stretches back into the 1950s. Melkan Gürsel (AIA Int.) joined as partner, in 1995. TA_ has been the firm behind a number of key sites in Turkey. These include the Atatürk Cultural Center (AKM), Istanbul Atatürk Airport, Istanbul Modern art museum, and Bodrum International Airport. Considering the uniqueness of the “place” and the individuality of requirements, the innovative, yet efficient and economically viable design alternatives of the office range from opera houses and libraries to hotels, arenas, airports, and train stations as well as commercial, residential, and industrial buildings, with various awards including RIBA International in 2011 and 2013. The quantity and quality of projects, awards and publications endorse its solvency. Spanning over six decades, the office demonstrates a professionalism based on rigor and know-how, rendering services of projects and counselling in architecture, urban planning, and interior design internationally. The firm step by step led to international renown and today TA_ counts more than 150 employees in offices in Istanbul, New York, London, Dubai, and Doha.
About London Design Biennale 2018
London, UK – Building on the enormous success of the inaugural 2016 London Design Biennale, over 40 countries and territories will be welcomed to the second edition of this prestigious global event, 4-23 September 2018, including France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, UK, USA and Turkey. A highlight on the global cultural calendar, the Biennale will see some of the world’s most exciting and ambitious designers, innovators and cultural bodies gather in the capital to celebrate the universal power of design and explore the role of design in our collective futures. Taking over the entirety of Somerset House, the exhibition will see the world’s nations presenting newly commissioned works in contemporary design, design-led innovation, creativity and research in response to theme of ‘Emotional States’. ‘Emotional States’ has been chosen to provoke a broad interpretation across design disciplines, with immersive and engaging installations that interrogate how design affects every aspect of people’s lives – the way we live and how we live – but also influences our very being, emotions and experiences. Together the countries’ responses to the theme will present an exciting laboratory of ideas that will investigate the important relationship between design, strong emotional responses and real social needs. Sustainability, migration and conflict, civic responsibility, pollution, water, social equality, and innovative solutions for issues in 21st-century life are just some of the big issues of our time being explored.