Turkey Summons Bids for World’s Largest Airport

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In an effort to maximize Istanbul’s potential of becoming a bustling regional hub, Transport Minister Binali Yildirim has released a request for proposals to construct and operate what could potentially be one of the world’s largest airports. With the Ataturk – Turkey’s largest which handled nearly 45 million passengers last year – steadily reaching capacity and limited by land restrictions, the new $9 billion dollar, six-runway promises to expand the country’s aviation capacity with the potential of handling 150 million yearly passengers.

“The new airport project will be bigger than any other in Turkey and will be part of our plan to build a new city on the Black Sea coast,” Yildirim said, according to Bloomberg.

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Istanbul Camlica Mosque Second Prize Winning Proposal / SN Architects

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The main purpose of the design for the Camlica Mosque, which won the second prize in the architectural competition, was to create the largest worship place that has ever been designed, and cover it with one single roof. SN Architects successfully did this by using the load bearing properties of one of the traditional systems that often used “vault systems” and using contemporary architectural and engineering facilities. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Visionary Concept for Science Campus / AllesWirdGut Architektur

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AllesWirdGut, together with the German climate engineering experts Transsolar and the Dutch-born urban planning avant-gardist Ton Matton, recently developed their concept for the BIO Campus. The project consists of a huge site just outside that is becoming one of the world’s leading scientific research centers which has had a holistic approach from the very start. The main idea behind the architectural and environmental project is to create a self-sufficient and self-supporting accumulation of living spaces for work, scientific research, everyday life and recreational activities. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Video: Emerging Urban Landscapes, The Istanbul Series


Shaped by the Ottoman Empire, known for historical Byzantine structures and its famed Grand Bazaar, Istanbul has always been a melting pot of influences and culture. In recent years, due to thriving economies, emerging cities such as Istanbul have begun cultivating a design landscape. Rapid progress often compromises preservation of heritage and promotion of the arts. On the 5th of November 2012, Taksim Square, one of the few remaining green areas of the city was closed off until late 2013, without the knowledge or consent of its citizens. Here we speak to Özlem Yalim Özkaraoglu, Director of the Design Biennial, and designer, Koray Malhan, about dictatorial urban planning and the future of ’s most notable city.

İpera 25 / Alataş Architecture & Consulting

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Architects: Alataş Architecture & Consulting
Location: Galata, İstanbul,
Design Team: Ahmet Alataş, Emre Açar
Architectural Group: Özge Güngör Ülüğ, Dilan Yüksel, Emir Elmaslar, Gabriella Colacicco
Area: 1,100 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Gürkan Akay, Ahmet Alataş, Ali Bekman

Dror’s Radical Vision for a Net-Positive Island Community

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The government of is considering the possibility of constructing a second canal in Istanbul that would result in carving out one billion cubic meters of soil from ’s main land. In response, Turkish developer Serdar Inan has commissioned New York designer Dror Benshetrit to design a proposal that would reconstitute the soil into an innovative, net-positive community for 300,000 residents off the shore of Istanbul. Inan’s only wish is that the proposal blends “innovative design ideas, state of the art technology and cultural legacy with inspirations from the work of chief Ottoman architect Mimar Sinan”.

After six months of exploratory, interdisciplinary discourse with a team of experts – such as the Buckminster Fuller Institute, Buro Happold, Shoji Sadao from Fuller, Sadao & Zung Architects – Dror has unveiled his radical vision this weekend at Istanbul Design Week. Check it out after the break.

Istanbul Disaster Prevention and Education Center / CRAB Studio

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Inspired by a reaction to the tsunami, the proposal for the Disaster Prevention and Education Center is symbolically and practically rising above the streams. Designed by CRAB, the studio of Sir Peter Cook and Gavin Robotham, the building sits with its blades resting into the ground, ready to divide the streams of water if and when they come. Organized as a series of five clusters, it meanders along the site as a chain of events and somewhat in the manner of a chain of flowers. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Alemdag Housing / Baraka Architects

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Currently under construction on the edge of the city of , the Alemdag Housing, designed by Baraka Architects, is made up of four building blocks which contain 70 flats, 2 retail units and social facilities. The 6.000 m² plot is situated on the exact interface between the city and the surrounding forest, making this the first characteristic taken into account for the housing complex as an important dynamic. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Office Project in Atasehir Financial District / Saraiva + Associados

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Designed by Saraiva + Associados, the design of the present office center in Ataşehir, located on the Asian side of , provides a cost effective solution to the changing needs of office spaces. This development plays a significant role in the city and within the financial community since it is seen as an important investment. Therefore, in order to perform as a new landmark in Ataşehir, this new office center, located in a not very privileged spot, aims to be exceptional in an unexceptional context – an iconic complex full of identity and easily recognizable. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Sisli Halide Edip Adivar Mosque and Social Complex Winning Proposal / Kolektif Mimarlar

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The first prize winning proposal for the Halide Edip Adivar Mosque and Social Complex is an objection to the continuing entegrist attitude-action which is mostly validated on mosque design and kept popular in media of . Designed by Kolektif Mimarlar, one of the main ideas of the design is to produce a well integrated structure with its surrounding and the nearby dwellers, where additional functions to the mosque can take place. More images and architects’ description after the break.

E-Bay / OSO Architecture

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Architects: OSO Architecture
Location: , Turkey
Project Team: Okan Bayık, Serhan Bayık, Ozan Bayık, Armağan Ekiz
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 2,000 sqm
Photographs: Gürkan Akay

TBWA Maya Uptown / Erginoğlu & Çalışlar Architects

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Architects: Erginoğlu & Çalışlar Architects
Location: Etiler, Kültür Mh., 34340 Beşiktaş/Istanbul Province,
Design Team: İ. Kerem Erginoğlu, Hasan C. Çalışlar, Emre Erenler, Yasemin Hacıkura, Ayşe Selin Gürel, Serdar Demir, Turkan Yilmaz
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 4500.0 sqm
Photographs: Cemal Emden

Sancaklar Mosque / Emre Arolat Architects

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The Sancak Mosque, designed by Emre Arolat Architects, aims to address the fundamental issues of designing a mosque by distancing itself from the current architectural discussions based on form and focusing solely on the essence of religious space. Located in Buyuk Cekmece, a suburban neighborhood in the outskirts of , the high walls surrounding the park on the upper courtyard of the mosque depict a clear boundary between the chaotic outer world and the serene atmosphere of the public park. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Tekfen Kagithane Ofispark / Emre Arolat Architects

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Architects: Emre Arolat Architects
Location: Istanbul,
Area: 30,000 sqm
Year: 2007
Photographs: Courtesy of EmreArolat Architects

  

Platea Residences / Salon2

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Salon2 shared with us their winning design in an invited competition for their Platea Residences proposal. Located in Fikirtepe area of , their design strategy blends green and the conventional tower blocks into each other with climbing gardens almost like ivy climbing the trees. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Philip Morris / Mimari Studio

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Architects: Mimari Studio
Location: Gunesli, , Turkey
Customer: Philip Morris SabanciPazarlama ve Satış A.S.
Built Area: 4,300 sqm
Completion: 2010
Designers: Onder Kul & Ayca Akkaya Kul
General Contractor: Menderes Dilek (TashanArchirtecture& Construction)
Electrical Contractor: Yesan
Mechanical Contractor: Tesyap
Photographs: Gürkan Akay

   

Swanke Hayden Connell wins competition to build Palladium Tower in Istanbul

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International architectural practice Swanke Hayden Connell has won the international competition commissioned by Tahincioglu Gayrimenkul (Tahincioglu Real Estate) for the Palladium Tower in Istanbul, . The 49,500 sq meter tower will be situated on a 1.7 hectare site. The project is due for completion in 2014.

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Yenikapı Transfer Point and Archaeo-Park / MVRDV + ABOUTBLANK

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With as the immutable intersection of vast and diverse mobilities, the rich design by MVRDV + ABOUTBLANK for the Yenikapı Transfer Point and Archaeo Park offer a unique possibility to combine and transpose contemporary transportation intelligence with a remarkable historical heritage. Layers in time will be combined with numerous lines through the city of Istanbul, a myriad of interactions of time and space. More images and architects’ description after the break.