B2 House| Mock-up Model

We were expected to produce an abstract model of the building that we are studying for M1.


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We were assigned to work and produce a series of architectural representations of an architectural project of a well-known architect, both individually and in groups.

This is the initial step of the project which we were asked to do a comprehensive research on it. The research which include all the drawings, photographs and information should guide us in understanding the spatial qualities of the building.

Our group’s project is B2 House by Han Tümertekin.

Who is he?


Born in 1958 in Istanbul, Han Tümertekin is a well-known Turkish architect. In 1982, he graduated from Istanbul Technical University and started to work at Bernstein Champion Vidal atelier in Paris and Gülgönen’s Studio. In addition to his professional studies, Tümertekin is the founder and executive of the Istanbul Bilgi University Master of Architecture Program. In 2004, one of his work, B2 House, got the Aga Khan Award for Architecture.

B2 House

The house was built by Han Tümertekin in 2001 on a small village called Büyükhüsun, located in Ayvacık, Çanakkale. The village is located on a rocky mountainside which situated toward the south while facing the valley and the sea. B2 house is placed at the lower south-eastern end of the village.

The house is created for Selman and Suha Bilal. Both clients live in Istanbul, they wanted the house as a place to get away from the urban life and also to spend weekends. Since the clients wanted to seclude themselves in the house without travelling long distances, the house is located on the north Aegean coast. They wanted a simple, practical house that wouldn’t require much maintenance.

The house is facing to the south for facing away from north-easterly winds. The rectangular glazed windows are placed in the southern façades so that the light is allowed into the house.

When the panels are closed, the rectangular form is most defined. The main materials are concrete and stone or a combination of two. Each material expresses itself clearly. It is unable to hide faults because every element is left bare. The architect described the features of the house as ‘honesty’.

The limits of the house are determined in view of the limits of the site. There are 2 main limitations; one is being the triangular shape of the site, the second one is the sloping topography. The architect use a terrace to solve the difference of levels. The house is placed on one of the site boundaries, so that it could have as much outdoor spaces as possible.

The 2 floors connected with each other with a stair which is placed outside of the house due to making the maximum use of inner spaces. Also, the external stair is placed on the northern façades where the various entry points are located.

As I said, each material are left to express their true nature. The materials of the side walls define the various spaces in the house. For example, the side walls of the house layered concrete, stone, concrete sequentially and this feature extends to the internal spaces.

Any element that might disturb the purity both in interior and exterior, was eliminated by the architect. The flow of the light and the air into the house is controlled thanks to the various openings. The continuity, the flow of spaces is extreme in this house.

Here is the section plans of the house. For understanding the interior of the house I used colors:

Moreover here is my sketches:b2