Situated in a 19th-century building named ‘Zenovitch’ in Galatasaray, The House Hotel Galatasaray marks one of Autoban’s long time collaborators, The House Cafés, first foray into hotel operations.
In designing the interiors of the hotel, Autoban imagined a fictional old Istanbul family living in this four-storied townhouse, and thereby retained many of its original features including the stairs, handrails and hall doors, to recover and broadcast the spirit of the area’s past while inserting today’s textures and forms.
On each floor, the bedrooms are reached by long corridors, where the designers installed hexagonally perforated ceiling panels that add bold geometry to the otherwise neutral environments, while also concealing the light fixtures. The room numbers mounted on a rod at a distance from the corridor walls are equipped with their own light source, casting a looming shadow of the number against the white surface.
Inside the rooms, rococo wall moldings and mosaic parquet flooring surround custom-designed furniture, including the wash-leather coated beds, lacquer work desks as well as signature pieces from the Autoban collection, such as the Zenovitch chandelier which made its debut here (hence, the name), the Butterfly Chair, Puzzle and Puzzle 6 stools, Deco Sofa, and the Tulip Lamp. The bathrooms feature marble tiles carved with the names of bygone apartment blocks in the neighbourhood.