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Izmir Selects Zaha Hadid as World Expo 2020 Architect

The 8,500 year old Turkish city of Izmir has announced Zaha Hadid as the architect for its World Expo 2020 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, Izmir 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).

Orfi Sera / YERce Architecture

  • Architects: YERce Architecture
  • Location: Izmir, Turkey
  • Architect: YERce Architecture - Nail Egemen
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photographs: Emin Emrah

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İzmir Opera House Competition Entry

Courtesy of iki
Courtesy of iki

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

Izmir Opera House / Ozel Office

Front View of Opera House © Ozel Office
Front View of Opera House © Ozel Office

Ozel Office, a practice based in both LA, California and Istanbul, Turkey, has designed a competition proposal for an Opera House for Izmir, 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.