Algorithm Factory — adaptive reuse of an abandoned soap factory into  a research lab and open-air museum

Best Implemented Restoration / Reconstruction Project

About the project
Rotterdam and Ankara based architectural office ONZ Architects is transforming an abandoned soap factory into a dynamic research lab for Vitus Commodities, an energy company which utilizes Artificial Intelligence Technologies on globally traded energy markets with a focus on Machine Learning and Deep Learning. The 1200 square meters, two-storey stone building in Urla-İzmir is preparing to be repopulated and relive its glory days, in the midst of new a production environment.
Records show that the current soap factory was built on four periods between the years 1950 and 1970. With such a rich history of soap making, the factory maintained activity for many years until it has outlived its duty. At the present time it was abandoned and left for decay until purchased by Vitus Commodities.

Urla, Izmir, Turkey

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Applicant and authors of the project
ONZ Architects.
Young innovative office, founded in 2007, based in Ankara-Turkey. As a multidisciplinary office, we create projects in various scales; from architecture to town planning and urban design. We believe that no architectural implementation is possible detached from its context. Our transdisciplinary network increases our capability to enter complex conditions and move our understanding beyond the limits of geographical borders.
Architects Onat Öktem, Zeynep Öktem.

Other participants
Consultants: Hakan Ceritoğlu
Collaborators: Ege Yüksek, Figen Yücel, Sevgi Çalı, Seda Özçelik, Okan Mutlu Akpınar, Hüseyin Kezer
Landscape Architect: Onat Öktem, Murat Memlük
Field Architect: Ege Yüksek
Photography: Gürel Kutlular [Şarlo Creative] – Ozan Çelik