Caravansarai is a 55m2, six floor building in Perşembe Pazarı, a hardware district along Karaköy's waterfront in the Beyoğlu area of Istanbul.
A special thanks to Jonathan Lewis for these photographs.
Ground Floor - the shop of Ceylan Metal
Renters of this space since the building was built in 1983, they supply all sorts of copper goods (tubing, sheets, rods) for major constructions throughout the city.
First Floor - our shared production space
Our main working space for all of those using or staying at Caravansarai, used for cutting, gluing, practicing, painting, talking and getting messy. Its also used for workshops, meetings, special events, small performances and presentations. This space is not a gallery, we DO NOT host exhibitions.
» 40m2 with 5m high ceilings
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Second Floor - dining area, overlook to the production space
Small space for observing the happenings in the production space, having a meeting, eating lunch or having a tea.
Third Floor - library, office and meeting point
An eclectic collection of books and magazines, with cushions, couches and tables to enjoy them on. The other half is the office area of Anika and Julie.
Fourth Floor - two residency bedrooms
Comfortable, private living quarters for international guests complete with double bed, desk and ample closet space. The bathroom and shower is shared with the resident in the other bedroom.
» each bedroom is 14m2 with 2.5m high ceilings
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Fifth Floor - Julie's studio, the spare bedroom and the kitchen
» each studio is 17m2 with 2.5m high ceilings
This is also the location of our kitchen, shared among everyone using the building.
Terrace space overlooking Karaköy, Perşembe Pazarı and the Golden Horn. To the back is the facade of the historical Ottoman Bank (currently the Central Bank of Turkey and the new home of Garanti's SALT)
Caravansarai Through the Ages
A short overview of the long road...how we got to where we are now. A musical review.
Anika and Julie's meeting, search for a building, starting their company and renovating the Caravansarai building in Istanbul, Turkey
Music by Korhan Erel