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Besiktas Fishmarket / GAD

  • 01:00 - 5 February, 2010
Besiktas Fishmarket / GAD
Besiktas Fishmarket / GAD, © GAD

© GAD © GAD © GAD © GAD +38

  • Architects

  • Location

    Istanbul, Turkey
  • Architects

    Gokhan Avcioglu & GAD
  • Project Team

    Ozan Ertug, Serkan Cedetas
  • Collaborators

    Besiktas Municipality
  • Budget

  • Area

    320.0 sqm
  • Project Year

  • Photographs

From the architect. Located in one of Istanbul’s most populated and diverse neighborhoods, Besiktas is an eclectic area with a village-like atmosphere that is in the process of urban renewal.


The Besiktas Fish Market is located on a triangular site. It is an iconic venue where many locals and visitors buy fresh fish daily. The construction of the old fish market was in very poor shape and needed to be replaced.

The design solution was to maintain its iconic neighborhood presence, while also reaffirming its welcoming feeling. GAD designed a triangular shaped concrete shell covering the entire site with large openings at street level.


The concrete shell provides a column-free interior space, optimizing the project’s programmatic needs. The new design injects a contemporary and pragmatic solution, at once preserving the fish market’s history.

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dog grooming · December 22, 2010

I've been meaning to read this and just never got a chance. Its an issue that Im really interested in. I just started reading and Im glad I did. Youre a fantastic blogger and I can't wait to see what you come up with next!

lu rezende · November 30, 2010

Arquitetura em mercado de peixe. Istanbul: solução contemporânea+preserv. de local tradicional.Sem falar no vão livre!

Andrii Sadliak · November 26, 2010

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Gillary Leung · July 08, 2010

A fabulous design for market

shetu · June 17, 2010

Its a very interesting project.I dont think it looks like Gehrys sculpture.

Marta Amaro Lemos · March 23, 2010 just down the street

Architecture News · March 20, 2010

RT @peterpitamoses: I am loving this!
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Peter Moses · March 20, 2010

I am loving this!
#Besiktas #Fishmarket #Architecture

Chinto · March 16, 2010

Fish Market by day, Skaters paradise by night. All that stainless steel furniture is just waiting to be grinded......

dUFFY · February 17, 2010

Its kinda a Gehry sculpture with a Enric Merrailes urban sensibility. I could dig it. Maybe.

R S O U L · March 01, 2010 12:38 AM


John H · February 17, 2010

I don't think those cables are meant to brace the structure. My guess is they could support some tent-like sidewalls when it's cold, snowy or rainy.

Lindsay · February 14, 2010

RT @foodists: Gorgeous modern fish market in Turkey: (via @ounodesign) /jt

Foodists · February 14, 2010

Gorgeous modern fish market in Turkey: (via @ounodesign) /jt

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ahmet bulent · February 11, 2010

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Robert Nealan · February 10, 2010

Simplistic, unique, and elegant solution for a Turkish Fishmarket:

synchro · February 09, 2010

I can not realize that, how architects can still design useless rooftops in a city like istanbul, where 13 million people lives. There is not enough space left, on the ground in city centers. For new functions, for social life, for recreation etc, rooftops have to be used. I like the design, but that great rooftop has to be used for public space, dear GAD architects.

norm · February 08, 2010

it's good but seriously guys, if you gonna design a shell, better figure it out without the cable bracing, it's so silly.

Tuf-Pak · February 08, 2010 08:23 PM

I get the feeling the steel cables were an aesthetic choice, and not any form of active bracing. My intuition tells me they're too slender, and if you look and where they are and what they tie together, the only thing I can imagine them being used for is to prevent the roof from lifting off the ground, which doesn't seem too likely.

They're definitely not working to keep the structure from spreading.

mima · February 08, 2010 07:31 PM

I don't know what those tables are for, but they are definitely not structural bracing.

fari · February 07, 2010

very interesting project. an escalation in terms of traditional market.

mima · February 07, 2010

like in many other countries and many other markets, that's an open market (with protecting roof). I think closing off was never an issue, so theft was never an issue, too.
Vandalism might be, because of the built-in counters, but i hope it's gonna be fine...

nice solid roof with column-free space and great layout of the counters!

lunafuga · February 07, 2010 04:36 PM

In a country like Turkey, this is a quite progressive project, especially within those built through public funding. In my opinion,for only that reason the effort should be appreciated.

The only setback I could observe was that there's a little bit of a "blending" problem. The columnless open space under the canopy is quite positive, although the old market was a little more "mystic" and "protected", at least
physiologically. A believe a little bit of vandalism and some ad-ons by those selling stuff inside might even help the building adjust to its surroundings.

Architist · February 07, 2010

In Islam world if you steal you should already know what will be the concequences. So, I think it is a great project, at least architecture is open up to the people.

Octavio · February 06, 2010

I think this design offers a lot of versatility of use, could be run on it since a market to a space of artistics or sports events, although structurally looks very heavy but itself adapts to its urban fabric. what do you think altinay? that you should walk on it very often.
Octavio Chavez.

zorbathegreek · February 06, 2010

old one was far more better...

ruornil · February 06, 2010

In Istanbul the pavement pattern is a traditional pattern used almost everywhere when using parquet stone unless it is used as a grid pattern.

Rebecca · February 06, 2010

nice column free space. very sculptural. in the aerial photo, i noticed that the paving pattern on the sidewalk adjacent to this project looks like scallops on a sea shell or more like fish scales. very appropriate for a fish market! does anyone else see that?

DDL · February 06, 2010

Yeah Different cultures in different cities

{ kat } · February 06, 2010

i really hope that somewhere in the world designers (and everyone else) do not have to worry about vandalism and theft :) for this i think everyone's product goes home with them during the night...

Ricky · February 06, 2010

its a great design, responds well to its site boundaries, but how do you close this up? what about theft, vandalism, or roof for home-less people, but as stated in the comment before, it seems like a problem not taken in consideration, maybe cause it does not have to be taken in consideration.

JTG · February 06, 2010

Wonderful! (The x-bracing cables are unfortunate...)

noel · February 05, 2010

I really dig the simplicity of this but what about theft? Where do you pay? what about vandalism during the night?

Hasan · February 07, 2010 12:30 AM

Dear noel, I live in a part of Besiktas. Believe me theft and vandalism is not a big problem in Istanbul, also it's a big city. I saw a lot of cities worldwide, Istanbul is the one where I feel very safe.

Ali Manço · February 06, 2010 04:02 AM

Vandalism/graffiti is not a big problem in Istanbul (as long as it is not a a naked human sculpture). I hope the fierce "Carsi group" (the die-hard fan group of the district's football team who roam the area) will embrace and preserve it.
Very good project indeed....


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