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Suyabatmaz Demirel Proposes Terraced Market Hall for Sultangazi  

A marketplace is typical for most Turkish city districts. They provide a point of cohesion for the community, acting as an economic hub, a landmark, and an impromptu park. In the rapidly developing Sultangazi district of Istanbul, however, such a public place has yet to be seen. To remedy this, Suyabatmaz Demirel Architects have recently proposed a combination market hall and car park for the middle of this populous residential area.

Eyüp Cultural Center and Marrıage Hall / Emre Arolat Architects

  • Architects: Emre Arolat Architects
  • Location: Istanbul, Turkey
  • Design Team: Gonca Paşolar, Natali Tombak, Taner Arıkan, Neşet Arolat, Şaziment Arolat, Berke Debensason, Deniz Odabaşı, Deniz Kösemen, Ercan Yılmaz, Fulya Eliyatkın, Gülin Derman, Hande Bağcık, Hilay Erkin, Merve Yüksel, Olcay Özten, Seden Suataç , Senem Okşar, Sezer Bahtiyar, Sinan Serdaroğlu, Şafak Kızılırmak, Volkan Buluç Yağ
  • Interior Design: EAA
  • Area: 6350.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Cemal Emden

© Cemal Emden © Cemal Emden © Cemal Emden © Cemal Emden Office / Erginoğlu & Çalışlar Architects

  • Architects: Erginoğlu & Çalışlar Architects
  • Location: Bostancı, 34920 Kadıköy/Istanbul Province, Turkey
  • Design Team: İ. Kerem Erginoğlu, Hasan C. Çalışlar, Emre Erenler, Türkan Yılmaz, Ayşe Selin Gürel, Ülkücan Turhan, Quentin Gaucher, Ezgi Sönmez, Niyazi Külahlı,İsmail Serdar Demir
  • Area: 5000.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Emre Dörter

Details Emerge on World’s Largest Airport Terminal in Istanbul

Grimshaw, Nordic Office of Architecture (Oslo) and Haptic Architects (London) have released details on what is expected to be the world’s busiest airport terminal: Istanbul Grand Airport. Planned for the Black Sea coast, just 35 kilometers outside the city, the six-runway development, masterplanned by Arup, will serve as a modern gateway to Istanbul and Turkey. 

The first of the project’s four phases is slated for completion in 2018 and will serve 90 million passengers per year. Once all phases are complete, the airport’s capacity will expand to over 150 million annual passengers, making it the world’s largest airport terminal under a single roof. 

“The Istanbul Grand Airport will be a modern, highly functional airport, with a unique sense of space,” described Nordic. “The airport is inspired by what makes Istanbul great: a large-scale, heaving metropolis with millennia of history, stunning architecture, both new and old, and a richness in color, patterns and quality of light.”

Trump Cadde / GAD

  • Architects: GAD
  • Location: Bereketzade Mh., Galata Tower, 34200 Beyoğlu/Istanbul Province, Turkey
  • Architectural Project & Design: Gokhan Avcioglu & GAD
  • Project Team: Jonas Kirsch, Derya Arpaç, Tahsin İnanici, Gökşen Güngör
  • Area: 1040.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Alp Eren

© Alp Eren © Alp Eren © Alp Eren © Alp Eren

Venice Biennale 2014: Turkey to Explore "Places of Memory" in Istanbul

The İstanbul Foundation for Culture and Art (İKSV) has announced Turkey’s first-ever participation in the Venice Architecture Biennale: “Places of Memory.” Comprised of the work of five contemporary Turkish artists, and curated by architect Murat Tabanlıoğlu, the pavilion will aim to illustrate how a variety of 20th century architectural styles eventually evolved into a singe style throughout most of the contemporary world. 

Ziya Imren Wins Competition for Instanbul's Beykoz School Complex

Ziya İmren Architects has recently won an invited competition for the design of the Beykoz School complex in Istanbul. The firm’s winning proposal distinguished itself by embedding its layout within the steep site’s natural surrounding and organizing school as a “cascading” hierarchy of spaces. 

Ziraat Bank Headquarters / KPF

KPF has unveiled what will be their first project in Turkey: a pair of 40- and 46-story towers that will serve as the new headquarters for the country’s largest and oldest financial institution. The Ziraat Bank Headquarters will be the centerpiece of the new Istanbul International Financial Centre (IIFF), encompassing over 400,000-square-meters of office space and inspired by the site’s rich architectural context. 

CTHB Law Office / Salon Architects

  • Architects: Salon Architects
  • Location: Istanbul, Turkey
  • Design: Alper Derinboğaz, Melike Altınışık
  • Team: Samim Magriso, Gül Ertekin, Ayda Agaoglu
  • Application: Yeditepe Aral Yapı
  • Area: 250.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Büşra Yeltekin

© Büşra Yeltekin © Büşra Yeltekin © Büşra Yeltekin © Büşra Yeltekin

Grimshaw to Design World’s Largest Terminal in Istanbul

Following a competitive interview process Grimshaw, in partnership with Nordic Office of Architecture, has been appointed by the Turkish consortium of Cengiz, Mapa, Limak, Kolin and Kalyon to design the terminal complex for Istanbul New Airport

Located on the Black Sea coast, some 35km outside of Istanbul, the ambitious six-runway development, masterplanned by Arup, will be delivered in four phases. The first phase will open in 2019 and aims to serve 90 million passengers per year. This will increase to 150 million passengers per annum once fully complete. The new airport will include the world’s largest airport terminal, with a gross floor area close to one million square meters.

Arkimeet 2013: Architects meet in Istanbul

Arkitera Architecture Center is an independent architecture center that has been dedicated to sustain a better architectural practice, enhance the architectural culture and to raise the architectural quality in Turkey.

ARKIMEET, one of the brands created by Arkitera Architectural Center, is developed as the most significant meeting platform among the architects in Turkey. With the motto "ARCHITECTS MEET in ISTANBUL", the event will comprise national and international conferences, panels and award ceremonies to honor individuals and institutions which contribute to the improvement of the urban quality. In addition to these activities and awards, it is aimed to provide opportunities to establish one-to-one connections among the participants and providing appropriate meeting occasions.

This year speakers include Julien de SmedtDurmuş DilekçiAnne Marie Galmstrup, and Josep Lluis Mateo among others.

Complete information after the break.

Turks Paint Public Walkways in Protest

Last June we covered some of the anti-government protests that were taking Turkey by storm - but the Turks are still making headlines! Last week, one Istanbul resident decided to paint a derelict public stair only to find it hastily covered up by government workers. In an act of “guerilla beautification” and silent protest, people across Turkey have once again taken to the streets to paint their stairs and public walkways in rainbow colors. For the full story, check out this article on The Lede by Robert Mackey.

Litterfall Social and Cultural Center Competition Entry / Ziya Imren Architects

The main idea for the Litterfall Social and Cultural Center was to create a space and atmosphere where people come together to share their ideas, talk, sing, paint, dance and create a social and cultural life to illuminate their own daily life. Designed by Ziya Imren Architects, this small scale building typology is a very important to the culture of Istanbul, since it offers a comfortable place, where people can feel themselves at home and contribute to their own artworks. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Varyap Merıdıan H Block / MTF Proje

  • Architects: MTF Proje
  • Location: Istanbul, Turkey
  • Architectural Project: Dome Mimarlık
  • Design Team: Derya Ekim Öztepe, Ozan Öztepe, Deniz Ekim Çubukçu, Betül Karanfil
  • Owner: Varyap Varlıbaşlar
  • Interior Project: Habif Mimarlık
  • Statical Project: Yapı Teknik
  • Electrical Project: Esan Mühendislik
  • Mechanical Project: GN Mühendislik
  • Landscape Project: DS Mimarlık
  • Area: 12660.27 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Courtesy of MTF Proje

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Koç Contemporary Art Museum Winning Proposal / Grimshaw

Grimshaw just announced that they have been selected by the Vehbi Koç Foundation to design Koç Contemporary, a new contemporary art museum in Istanbul. Due to open to the public in 2016, the new project has been conceived to fulfill the Foundation’s vision of showcasing the growing Koç collection to the broadest possible audience and to place these works in a national, regional and international context of contemporary artists. More images and architects' description after the break.

Turkish Parliament Passes Bill to Protect Historic Skylines

In an effort to protect Turkey’s historic skylines from uncontrolled urbanization, the Turkish Parliament has passed an amendment that would grant zoning authority to the Ministry of Environment and Urbanization as well as set up an aesthetic architectural commission. 

More after the break...

Turkish Court Rules in Favor of Gezi Park Protesters

The efforts of thousands who occupied Gezi Park, and those who joined them in solidarity via social media from around the world, have paid off. According to Reuters, a Turkish court has ruled against the Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan-backed development in which proposed to redesign Istanbul’s iconic Taksim Square and replace one of the populated city’s few public parks with a mall.   

SO? Celebrates the Opening of 'Sky Spotting Stop' in Istanbul

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.