The Nova Factory and Office building that located in Gebze, Turkey, was designed by Tabanlioglu Architects. The ‘L-shaped’ plan utilises a simple orthogonal structure with a three-storey office building incorporating showrooms and staff and visitor restaurants, fronting the flat-roofed production space. A subtle curve is introduced in the main façade, a ‘trace’ of a wheel, alluding to the fact that the founder of Nova was formerly one of Turkey’s most accomplished motor-rally drivers.
Raw materials enter the factory from the western end and exit as finished products from the eastern loading dock. The production space houses a number of assembly lines where a diverse range of materials – plastics, aluminium, GRP and steel – are assembled into individual signs. Rooflights relate to the layout of ‘tezgahs’ or work tables, so that much of the work is done in natural light.