Is there a growing nostalgia pervading attitudes to civic architecture in Europe? From Berlin’s new Royal Palace on the River Spree to Turkey’s rekindled fascination with their Ottoman heritage, architecture is becoming the medium of choice for exploring a city’s roots and a people’s past. In this post originally published by TheLong+Short, Feargus O’Sullivan investigates how many governments and developers have decided that the way to future lies in looking backwards.
Reading about Dubai’s Burj Khalifa in the German press, you’d be forgiven for thinking the building was in Leipzig, not the Middle East. “The tallest building in the world is so German,” said Der Spiegel when the tower opened in 2010. “The Burj Khalifa is an Ossi!” shouted Bild, using the common nickname for East Germans. The headlines were partly right: when East Germany’s old parliament building, the Palace of the Republic in Berlin, was demolished in 2006, several thousand tonnes of steel girders were stripped from its carcass and shipped to the Gulf for use in the construction of Burj Khalifa.
Construction is due to commence later this year on “Antalya Tower,” the winning entry of “The Expo 2016 Antalya Tower” competition. Situated on Antalya on Turkey’s southwest coast, the tower was designed by local firm NITA (Nitelikli Tasarımlar Atölyesi), and will cater for the city’s 10 million annual visitors. The completion of the tower will coincide with the “World Botanic Expo 2016,” to be held in Antalya and marking Turkey’s first international Expo.
CTRL+SPACE has launched its Istanbul Community Market Ideas Competition. Seeking designs from students and professionals (developed individually or in teams of four or less), the competition challenges participants to create a site-specific, multi-functional market with a strong public element. Submissions are welcomed now until June 27 and winners will be announced on July 17, 2015. Three winning designs will receive monetary prizes from 500€ to 3500€, and five merit award recipients will also be selected. For more details or to register, visit ctrl-space.net.
Architects: Cafer Bozkurt Architecture
Location: Tophane, 34200 Beyoğlu/İstanbul, Turkey
Project Team: Sibel OZKARS, Architect, Defne BOZKURT, Architect, Archaeologist, Hasan YIRMIBESOGLU, Architect, Vedat KAYA, Draughtsman
Area: 935.0 sqm
Photographs: Cengiz KARLIOVA, Ahmet ERTUG, Oguz MERIC, Ergin IREN, Sibel OZKARS
Architects: Kreatif Architects
Location: Piri Reis Üniversitesi, 34940 Tuzla/istanbul/İstanbul, Turkey
Architectural Design: Kreatif Mimarlik
Design Team: Aydan Volkan, Selim Cengic, Onur Arat, Aysegul Kapisiz, Nihat Kalfazade, Ufuk Berberoglu, Erhan Ilicali
Area: 60000.0 sqm
Photographs: Yercekim Photography-Omer Kanipak, Cemal Emden, Yercekim Photography-Orhan Kolukisa