GAD’s Serra Gate on Display for Istanbul Design Week

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GAD Architecture has installed their latest sculptural design, Serra Gate, in Istanbul’s Taksim Square, just in time for Design Week. Named after the minimalist sculptor whose work inspired the design, the Serra gate’s steel form was created using cutting edge technology. The sinuous curvature was conceived through the software “Mathematica,” and was modeled using the latest 3D printing technologies.

Principal, Gokhan Avcioglu, had this to say: “We are delighted that Serra Gate has been featured in Taksim, one of the most important squares of Istanbul. Being a ground-breaking structure, Serra Gate will make the residents of Istanbul question how public spaces have been defined by urban interventions.” Serra Gate will be displayed in a variety of venues throughout the year 2015. See pictures of this amazing structure, after the break.

2015 YAP Istanbul Modern Shortlist

2013 Winner: Sky Spotting Stop / SO?. Image © Muhsin Akgün; Courtesy of Istanbul Modern

Istanbul Modern has announced five finalists to compete in the 2015 Young Architects Program (). Now in it’s 2nd edition, the competition will challenge a group of emerging architects to design a temporary installation within the confines of Istanbul Modern’s courtyard that will host a series of events and visitors throughout the summer of 2015.

The 2015 shortlist includes Ali Sinan & Hasan Okan Çetin (Ankara), Architecture for All (Herkes İçin Mimarlık, Istanbul), FLAT C (Selim Bayer & Bulut Cebeci, London-Istanbul), PATTU (Cem Kozar & Işıl Ünal, Istanbul) and Young & Ayata (Michael Young & Kutan Ayata, ).

YAP Istanbul Modern is part of the YAP International competitions carried out at MoMA PS1 in New York, the National Museum of XXI Century Arts (MAXXI) in Rome, CONSTRUCTO in Santiago, and the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (MMCA) in Seoul.

Grimshaw Releases New Images of World’s Largest Airport Terminal in Istanbul

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New images have been released of Istanbul‘s new airport, designed by Grimshaw, Nordic Office of Architecture and Haptic Architects, assisted by local Turkish Partners GMW Mimarlik and Tekeli Sisa. Projected to be the world’s largest airport terminal under a single roof at almost one million square metres, the new airport is expected to serve 90 million passengers a year on the opening of the first phase, rising to 150 million a year after completion in 2018.

Six Teams Studying Uneven Growth to Exhibit Proposals for Expanding Megacities at MoMA

Lagos Tomorrow. 2014. Water. Image © NLÉ and Zoohaus/Inteligencias Colectivas

As the culmination of a 14-month initiative to examine new architectural possibilities for rapid growth in six megalopolises – Hong Kong, Istanbul, Lagos, Mumbai, , and – the Museum of Modern Art is preparing to open Uneven Growth: Tactical Urbanisms for Expanding Megacities on November 22. The exhibition will present mappings of emergent modes of tactical urbanism from around the globe alongside proposals for a bottom-up approach to urban growth in the highlighted cities by six interdisciplinary teams made up of local practitioners and international architecture and urbanism experts.

Curator Pedro Gadanho, in collaboration with the Austrian Museum of Applied Arts (MAK), states: 

“The exhibition features design scenarios for future developments that simultaneously raise awareness of the prevailing inequalities in specific urban areas and confront the changing roles of architects vis-à-vis ever-increasing urbanization. Each team in the exhibition was asked to consider how emergent forms of tactical urbanism can respond to alterations in the nature of public space, housing, mobility, spatial justice, environmental conditions, and other major issues in near-future urban contexts.” 

A synopsis of each team’s work, after the break.

Esas Aeropark / Tabanlıoğlu Architects

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Architects: Tabanlıoğlu Architects
Location: Yenişehir Mh., Osmanlı Bulvarı No:7, 34912 İstanbul/,
Architect In Charge: Murat Tabanlıoğlu & Melkan Gürsel Tabanlıoğlu
Design Team: Murat Cengiz, Çağrı Akay, Seray Öztürk, Selçuk Güllü, Gökhan Çatıkkaş, Aybala Öz, Ayşe Sevig, Mine Alsinevi, Kaan Keleş, Melis Selis
Area: 55359.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Murat Germen , Thomas Mayer

Video: Emre Arolat’s Sancaklar Mosque From Start to Finish

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Earlier this year, Emre Arolat Architects completed their Sancaklar Mosque, “a simple cave like space” in Istanbul which through its humble exterior forms and emphasis on connection to nature, offers a “dramatic and awe inspiring place to pray and be alone with God.” Over a period of 24 months, SGMStudio (Sarraf | Galeyan | Mekanik) documented this work, as the elements of the mosque gradually emerged from its steel rebar framework. “While recording the progress of the construction throughout passing seasons, the film aims to portray the building’s existence within nature and its percept of space with the sensibility of the structure it purposes to narrate,” say SGMStudio. Set to dramatic backing music, “the film dwells on the tension between the technical and engineering-centric implementation and humble and tranquil art of building with its pacing.”

Arzum Headquarters / Habif Architecture

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Architects: Habif Architecture
Location: Eyüp, 34250 Istanbul/Istanbul Province,
Area: 1750.0 sqm
Year: 2010
Photographs: Gürkan Akay

Vigoss R & D / Zemberek Design Office

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Architects: Zemberek Design Office
Location: Güneşli Kavşağı, 34200 /Istanbul Province, Turkey
Design Team: Başak Emrence, Şafak Emrence, Ece Ilgın Avcı
Area: 250.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Şafak Emrence

Karakoy Loft / Ofist

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Architects: Ofist
Location: Karaköy, 34200 Beyoğlu/ Province, Turkey
Design Team: Yasemin Arpac & Sabahattin Emir
Area: 185.0 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Koray Erkaya

Şışhane Park / SANALarc

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Architects: SANALarc
Location: Bereketzade Mh., Büyük Hendek Caddesi No:50, 34200 Beyoğlu/ Province, Turkey
Design Team: Orkun Beydagi, Cibeles Sanchez Llupart, Leo Pollor, Begüm Öner
Architecture And Urban Design: , Murat Sanal, Alexis Sanal
Area: 30000.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Olivve Wimmer

The Woman Architect Who Specialises In Mosques

Dome of the Sakirin Mosque, . Image © ZF Design

As part of CNN’s Leading Women series, Sheena McKenzie explores the work of Turkish architect Zeynep Fadillioglu - perhaps the first female architect to design a mosque, now on her third. In buildings where men and women are traditionally separated for worship, and women are often given a smaller space, Fadillioglu “purposely placed the women’s section in one of the most beautiful parts of the light-flooded dome” in Istanbul’s Sakirin Mosque. McKenzie concludes that although “Fadillioglu might have made a name for herself designing mosques, you don’t needn’t be religious to admire their beauty.”

A mosque isn’t for a certain type of person, or certain type of area. It’s supposed to be used by anyone and everyone.

Sakirin Mosque, Istanbul. Image © ZF Design
Place of worship, Sakirin Mosque, Istanbul. Image © ZF Design

Read the article in full here.

AD Interviews: Anne Marie Galmstrup / Henning Larsen Architects

Speaking from the newly-opened Istanbul practice of Copenhagen-based Henning Larsen Architects, Anne Marie Galmstrup describes her scandinavian design process in the context of her role as Principal-in-Charge of projects in Turkey. “Architecture is about space and about interaction between people,” Galmstrup says, asking “How does it work here? How is it different in this cultural environment or in that climate?” Galmstrup discusses the atmosphere in , and how to engage young architects. Henning Larsen has hosted a series of “Imagination Schools,” two-week workshops set in the middle east charged with overcoming regional design challenges, and Galmstrup has been instrumental in the orchestration of these and many more projects over her ten year tenure at Henning Larsen.

Henning Larsen employs 220 Architects with offices in , Munich, Riyadh, Oslo, Istanbul, and Hong Kong. Check out the video to find out more about the dynamic firm, the Imagination Schools, and their projects worldwide. 

Turkey Orders Demolition of Three ‘Illegal’ Residential Towers

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The Turkish Council of State has ruled that the OnaltiDokuz Residence, a trio of towers between 27 and 37 stories tall in Istanbul‘s Zeytinburnu district, must be demolished in a landmark ruling that could have major ramifications for the country’s planning system.

As reported by Oliver Wainwright in the Guardian, the Turkish Council of State ruled that the development “negatively affected the world heritage site that the Turkish government was obliged to protect,” possibly in reaction to comments made by UNESCO in 2010, who threatened to put the city on its list of endangered world heritage sites.

Read on after the break for more on the ruling

Sancaklar Mosque / Emre Arolat Architects

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Architects: Emre Arolat Architects
Location: ,
Area: 700.0 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Thomas Mayer

Zorlu Center / Emre Arolat Architects + Tabanlıoğlu Architects

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Architects: Emre Arolat Architects + Tabanlıoğlu Architects
Location: Beşiktaş/ Province, Turkey
Area: 639 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Thomas Mayer

10 Fires That Changed Architecture Forever

After being destroyed by fire and laying in ruins for 60 years, the Reichstag became a symbol of the new democracy in the 1990s with Norman Foster’s renovation. Image © Flickr CC User Werner Kunz

With no casualties, last week’s fire at the Glasgow School of Art, which caused significant damage to parts of the building and gutted Charles Rennie Mackintosh‘s canonical library room, will be remembered as a tragic event that robbed us of one of the best examples of Art Nouveau of its time. The intention of the is to restore the building in the hope that in generations to come, the fire will be all but forgotten, a strategy which has been largely well received by the profession.

However, in the case of other fires things have not gone so smoothly: for millennia, fire has played a big role in determining the course of architectural history - by destroying precious artifacts, but often also by allowing something new to rise from the ashes. Read on after the break as we count down the top 10 fires that changed the course of architectural history.

Ulus Savoy Residences / Emre Arolat Architects

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Architects: Emre Arolat Architects
Location: ,
Architect In Charge: Gonca Paşolar, Kerem Piker, Deniz Kösemen, Zeki Samer, Serdar Sipahioğlu
Design Team: Gülseren Gerede Tecim, Zeynep Yapar, Nesime Önel, Sezer Bahtiyar, Olcay Özten, Volkan Yağ, Özge Çağlayan, Hale Ikizler, Merve Yüksel, Süleyman Yıldız, Başak Tekin, Nida Pelin Üye, Sevim Uyan, Elif Ekim,Ertuğrul Morçöl, Selahattin Tüysüz
Year: 2013
Photographs: Courtesy of Emre Arolat Architects + Ertuğrul Morçöl + Selahattin Tüysüz

Santral Istanbul Museum of Contemporary Arts / Emre Arolat Architects

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Architects: Emre Arolat Architects
Location: , Turkey
Design Team: Kerem Piker, Gani Turunç, Ertuğrul Morçöl,Orhun Ülgen, Sezer Bahtiyar, Esin Erez, Murat Yavuzoğlu, Serdar Tercan, Ufuk Berberoğlu, Gözde Sazak, Gülseren Gerede Tecim, Hale İkizler
Area: 100,000 sqm
Year: 2007
Photographs: Courtesy of Emre Arolat Architects