Eray/Carbajo introduced “Urban Rural V.2”, a design that brings the benefits of rural living into urban setting of Saraphane region in Izmir, Turkey. The site introduces an unconventional hybrid space with the integration of fish farms, green roofs and wellness centers to residential and office use. This dwelling model aims to nurture its residents and heal them by alleviating the stress of city living.
The upper levels of the towers hold residential use with views of the Aegean sea and the lower levels incorporate commercial and retail use with various health & wellness amenities. The micro-fish farms placed on each floor allow residents to raise their own fish, while taking advantage of the green roof in common areas to grow fruits & vegetables.
In addition to resource resiliency, the towers are designed with the consideration of various sustainability measures. To accommodate for the hot climate of Izmir region, the form of the towers is inspired by cacti, creating concave and convex surfaces on the skin to create more shade and hold less heat during summer time. The structure also holds photovoltaic panels on the rooftop of the commercial building that receive the most sunlight.
Urban Rural V.2 is the first-ever residential and office tower in Turkey to integrate fish and green farming in to each unit, while also locating health & wellness spaces in common areas. It raises the bar for building resiliency and sustainability in the global landscape, reminding us all that such measures not only should be taken to protect the environment, but also should promote human health.