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 (YAP) 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.
“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.