Established in 2017, Micacchi Architecture is an Avant-garde Canadian studio that has designed Anatolia's new manufacturing facility in Turkiye. This 2,152,000 sq ft / 200,000 m2 facility is on track to start commissioning in 2023 and will become one of the largest and most technologically advanced in the world. Emphasis has been placed on creating an architectural masterpiece, illustrating Anatolia's passion for design, and detail. It will be focused on inspiring creativity, and innovation and ultimately pushing the boundaries of the Tile and Stone industry. Let’s meet with the Studio behind inspiring design.
The Turkiye facility is an important project based on a simple word: Quality.
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The software we used to develop the building allowed us to create realistic videos of what it would be like to travel through the building, and that became a very useful tool to help us understand the experience of the visitor or office staff. We would recreate the path of the visitor and that led us to make many changes. We pictured Jurassic Park where visitors could view the researches behind glass, and we organized the interesting lab work to be on display for the visitors. We had particular empathy for the future office staff and wanted to ensure all desks had views to either the mountainous landscape or tree filled courtyards. Moving through the building one will cross bridges, pass through glass roofed double height spaces, and descend a staircase that has a long window above the pond to give the illusion you are going underwater.
What did you focus on, while designing the building?
Sample-Picking Vertical Storage Unit
The Savannah warehouse also now contains an automated sample-picking Vertical Storage Unit (VSU) that will contain a wide variety of commonly ordered tile samples. The automated process in which the sample tiles will be selected in this process will ensure the increased speed and accuracy of samples being sent to customers.
Anatolia is constantly making improvements to our service day-by-day to optimize the efficiency of our operations, and to enhance customer experience. There are currently 45,000 coded pallets in the system, with 50,000 remaining to be incorporated into the system. With Anatolia’s current capacity of shipping 8,000 pallets per week, the newly implemented processes is forecasted to increase this to 30,000 pallets per week. The new processes are scalable, with a capacity that will continue to increase as the company continues to see growth.