Izmir Selects Zaha Hadid as World Expo 2020 Architect

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The 8,500 year old Turkish city of has announced Zaha Hadid as the architect for its bid. As home of the Asklepion, one of the world’s oldest hospitals whose history has played a major role in the evolution of healthcare, hopes claim the title as host of the New Routes to a Better World / Health for All themed fair over its competitors – São Paulo (Brazil), Yekaterinburg (Russia), Ayutthaya (Thailand) and Dubai (UAE).

Asma Bahçeleri Houses Office / Metin Kılıç & Dürrin Süer

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Architects: Metin Kılıç & Dürrin Süer
Location: Narlıdere, ,
Architects: Metin Kılıç, Dürrin Süer
Design Team: Damla Duru, Merih Feza Yıldırım, Serdar Uslubaş, Ali Can Helvacıoğlu, Burak Bakö
Project Year: 2012
Project Area: 134 sqm
Photographs: Erdal Gümüş

Orfi Sera / YERce Architecture

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Architect: YERce Architecture – Nail Egemen
Location: Izmir,
Project year: 2011
Photographer: Emin Emrah

Asmacati Shopping Center / Tabanlioglu Architects

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Architects: Tabanlioglu Architects
Location: , Turkey
Project Year: 2009
Project Area: 22,760 sqm
Photographs: Thomas Mayer

Opera House Design Competition proposal / Nüvist

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Istanbul-based Nüvist shared with us their proposal for the Opera House Design Competition in Izmir, . More images and architect’s description after the break.

İzmir Opera House Competition Entry

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Architects Kutlu İnanç Bal and Hakan Evkaya shared with us their proposal for the İzmir Opera House Competition in . See more images after the break.

Izmir Opera House / Ozel Office

Front View of Opera House © Ozel Office

Ozel Office, a practice based in both LA, California and Istanbul, , has designed a competition proposal for an Opera House for , a port town off the Aegean Coast.  The competition challenged participants to see architecture as a “catalyst” that could potentially help the city re-center itself as a hub of economic activity and source of cultural significance.  The collaborative effort within the office, especially led by Guvenc Ozel and Erdim Kumkumoglu, produced a proposal where the ”architecture becomes a catalyst that reinforces the relationship between the old city, the new city, the waterfront and urban culture. In short, our vision is a synergy of spatial, cultural as well as practical and contextual aesthetics.”

More images and more about the project after the break.