SO? Celebrates the Opening of ‘Sky Spotting Stop’ in Istanbul

© Muhsin Akgün; Courtesy of Modern

Though temporarily postponed due to the Gezi Park protests, SO? Architecture and Ideas has celebrated the opening of their winning entry – Sky Spotting Stop - for the 2013 Young Architects Program () at Istanbul Modern in Turkey. Offering refuge from the historic city’s busy streets, the fragmented canopy of reflective circular discs invites visitors to “sit, rest, gather, play, or skyspot” while overlooking the mouth of the Bosphorus.

© Muhsin Akgün; Courtesy of Istanbul Modern

“The project is a celebration of movement and light,” as described by the president of the jury, Suha Özkan. ”Patches of reflected light dancing in the dark and shadows that float during the day add amazing vitality to the environment.” In addition, the metallic posts supporting circular canopies “reproduces the sound and image of the ships moored to the quay,” “generating a fascinating dialogue” between land and sea.

© Muhsin Akgün; Courtesy of Istanbul Modern

Also on view in relation to MoMA’s 2013 Young Architects Program (YAP) is He by bam! at MAXXI in Rome and Party Wall by CODA at MoMA PS1 in New York.

More on Sky Spotting Stop here

Cite: Rosenfield, Karissa. "SO? Celebrates the Opening of ‘Sky Spotting Stop’ in Istanbul" 03 Jul 2013. ArchDaily. Accessed 26 May 2015. <>