Zehra Kibar

BA (Hons) Interior Architecture and Design
IDI Featured: 3D Design

The brief was to transform an existing building into an Art Gallery with the purpose of “augmenting” existing architecture. For this project, I have selected an abandoned Tobacco Factory. In order to meet spatial requirements and emphasize the new function, I have designed an exterior addition that connects opposite sides of the building.

My initial idea was to use characteristics of former function, to create a connection between new and old. While examining historical drawings, I noticed the presence of rails on the ground, to facilitate product transfer. My concept named “The Journey of Tobacco” takes elements related with the transportation of tobacco as catalyst. I have used rails, arches, historic trains as inspiration sources while designing interiors and exterior addition.

Zehra Kibar is an interior-visual designer living in Izmir, Turkey. She has a Bachelor’s (2003) and Master’s (2006) degree in Information Technologies and worked respectively as Instructional Technologies Specialist and Project Manager as a civil servant for 10 years.

Having a broad experience in Project Management and Informatics, she decided to use her experience and knowledge in the field of Architecture and Design, which she is passionate about. She resigned to start her own business in 2012 and created her own brand ZKDESIGN that year. She entered into the interior design industry doing visual designs and 3D visualizations.

In 2014, she applied to IDI to pursue a degree in the field of Interior Architecture and Design and earned her BA (Hons) Degree in 2017. She lives and works in Izmir, and has been involved in various interior design projects including residential, retail, commercial and educational. She has a great motivation in planning contemporary, innovative and human-oriented spaces.

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