On the European side of Istanbul, the Assembly Ferko Signature tower stands out as a modern addition to the city’s ancient skyline. An office rental space agency with designated workplaces for its clients, Assembly Ferko also offers a membership program that grants freelancers and small teams’ access to a coworking space in its Turkish headquarters. Originally a parking lot, founder and principal of local design Stüdyo AB, Asli Baysan Birgen says she had to “bring the drama” to the underground locale.
Working without natural light, Baysan ensured the colors and textures throughout the 27,000-square-foot space created a sultry vibe, reminiscent of a VIP cigar-lounge. She describes the guiding inspiration as “Art Deco with a mid-century attitude,” incorporating soft curves and rounded edges favored by the client. “We designed the space like we closed the windows on purpose—it’s like a secure underground club,” says Baysan, noting that the design inspires a professional and poised attitude.
Beyond the café, members can access a series of meeting rooms, each featuring a palette of blacks, tans, and warm oranges. A mix of custom and locally-sourced furnishings throughout creates a harmonious balance, merging the old with the new.