Karakoy Loft / Ofist

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Architects: Ofist
Location: Karaköy, 34200 Beyoğlu/Istanbul Province,
Design Team: Yasemin Arpac & Sabahattin Emir
Area: 185.0 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Koray Erkaya

Şışhane Park / SANALarc

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Architects: SANALarc
Location: Bereketzade Mh., Büyük Hendek Caddesi No:50, 34200 Beyoğlu/ Province,
Design Team: Orkun Beydagi, Cibeles Sanchez Llupart, Leo Pollor, Begüm Öner
Architecture And Urban Design: SANALarc, Murat Sanal, Alexis Sanal
Area: 30000.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Olivve Wimmer

Argul Weave / BINAA + Smart-Architecture

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Architects: BINAA , Smart-Architecture
Location: Bursa, 16000 Bursa/Bursa Province,
Architect In Charge: Burak Pekoglu
Area: 4500.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Thomas Mayer , Burak Pekoglu

The Woman Architect Who Specialises In Mosques

Dome of the Sakirin Mosque, Istanbul. Image © ZF Design

As part of CNN’s Leading Women series, Sheena McKenzie explores the work of Turkish architect Zeynep Fadillioglu - perhaps the first female architect to design a mosque, now on her third. In buildings where men and women are traditionally separated for worship, and women are often given a smaller space, Fadillioglu “purposely placed the women’s section in one of the most beautiful parts of the light-flooded dome” in Istanbul’s Sakirin Mosque. McKenzie concludes that although “Fadillioglu might have made a name for herself designing mosques, you don’t needn’t be religious to admire their beauty.”

A mosque isn’t for a certain type of person, or certain type of area. It’s supposed to be used by anyone and everyone.

Sakirin Mosque, Istanbul. Image © ZF Design
Place of worship, Sakirin Mosque, Istanbul. Image © ZF Design

Read the article in full here.

Yalıkavak Palmarina / Emre Arolat Architects

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Architects: Emre Arolat Architects
Location: 48000 , Turkey
Design Team: İbrahim Anıl Biçer, Deniz Kösemen, Makbule Yıldırım, Buket Katı
Responsible Architects: Emre Arolat, Gonca Paşolar, Rıfat Yılmaz, Leyla Kori
Area: 8200.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Courtesy of Emre Arolat Architects

Turkey Orders Demolition of Three ‘Illegal’ Residential Towers

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The Turkish Council of State has ruled that the OnaltiDokuz Residence, a trio of towers between 27 and 37 stories tall in Istanbul‘s Zeytinburnu district, must be demolished in a landmark ruling that could have major ramifications for the country’s planning system.

As reported by Oliver Wainwright in the Guardian, the Turkish Council of State ruled that the development “negatively affected the world heritage site that the Turkish government was obliged to protect,” possibly in reaction to comments made by UNESCO in 2010, who threatened to put the city on its list of endangered world heritage sites.

Read on after the break for more on the ruling

Eskisehir Hotel and Spa / GAD Architecture

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Architects: GAD Architecture
Location: /Eskisehir,
Project Coordinator: Nesime Önel
Design Team: Ertugrul Morcol,Carlos Valderama, Gizem Kiroglu,Omer Karaer,Durak Arıkan, Ayşegül Altuğ,Derya Arpac,Mehmet Baykara, Asli Genc,Muge Tan
Area: 45000.0 sqm
Photographs: Altkat Architectural Photography

Sekiz Artı Wins Competition to Redesign Gallipoli National Park

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The Gallipoli Peninsula, at the Western end of Turkey, holds a particular significance for the country as the site of a major World War One battle in which the declining Ottoman Empire repelled an attempted invasion by British forces. Today, it is seen as one of the defining moments that contributed to the formation of modern day , and the site of the battle is commemorated by a national park which includes a series of monuments and memorials at the southern tip of the peninsula.

Aiming to consolidate these sites in to a more coherent whole, the Çanakkale government launched a competition to redesign the area, which was won by Istanbul-based practice Sekiz Artı. Read on after the break for more on their design.

Team Led by ONZ Architects + MDesign Wins Second Place In Gallipoli National Park Contest

Kabatepe Conkbayiri. Image © ONZ Architects & MDesign

The Gallipoli Peninsula, at the Western end of Turkey, holds a particular significance for the country as the site of a major World War One battle in which the declining Ottoman Empire repelled an attempted invasion by British forces. Today, it is seen as one of the defining moments that contributed to the formation of modern day , and the site of the battle is commemorated by a national park which includes a series of monuments and memorials at the southern tip of the peninsula.

Aiming to consolidate these sites in to a more coherent whole, the Çanakkale government launched a competition to redesign the area. Today we bring you the second place entry, by ONZ Architects + MDesign + Lola + 24H Architecture. Read on after the break for more on their design.

Özer/Ürger Architects + ON Design Take Third Place in Gallipoli National Park Competition

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The Gallipoli Peninsula, at the Western end of Turkey, holds a particular significance for the country as the site of a major World War One battle in which the declining Ottoman Empire repelled an attempted invasion by British forces. Today, it is seen as one of the defining moments that contributed to the formation of modern day Turkey, and the site of the battle is commemorated by a national park which includes a series of monuments and memorials at the southern tip of the peninsula.

Aiming to consolidate these sites in to a more coherent whole, the Çanakkale government launched a competition to redesign the area, in which the team led by Özer/Ürger Architects and ON Design came in third place. Read on after the break to find out about their design.

Sancaklar Mosque / Emre Arolat Architects

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Architects: Emre Arolat Architects
Location: Istanbul,
Area: 700.0 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Thomas Mayer

“Places of Memory” – Turkey’s Pavilion at the Venice Biennale 2014

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From the Curators. Rather than conducting a historical account of modern epoch in , presenting an exhaustive catalogue, or trying to capture its unique local attributes, “Places of Memory” attempts to explore the main theme of the biennial via perceptions and experiences.

Zorlu Center / Emre Arolat Architects + Tabanlıoğlu Architects

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Architects: Emre Arolat Architects + Tabanlıoğlu Architects
Location: Beşiktaş/Istanbul Province,
Area: 639 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Thomas Mayer

Vıcem Bodrum Residences / Emre Arolat Architects

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Architects: Emre Arolat Architects
Location: ,
Design Team: Natali Tombak, Taner Arıkan, Neşet Arolat, Can Dinçer, Cenk Aykut, Leyla Kori, Necip Şahin, Neslihan Avşarlıgil, Nurgül Yardım, Taha Alkan, Tansel Dalgalı, Ünal Ali Özger
Area: 9,500 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Cemal Emden

Ulus Savoy Residences / Emre Arolat Architects

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Architects: Emre Arolat Architects
Location: , Turkey
Architect In Charge: Gonca Paşolar, Kerem Piker, Deniz Kösemen, Zeki Samer, Serdar Sipahioğlu
Design Team: Gülseren Gerede Tecim, Zeynep Yapar, Nesime Önel, Sezer Bahtiyar, Olcay Özten, Volkan Yağ, Özge Çağlayan, Hale Ikizler, Merve Yüksel, Süleyman Yıldız, Başak Tekin, Nida Pelin Üye, Sevim Uyan, Elif Ekim,Ertuğrul Morçöl, Selahattin Tüysüz
Year: 2013
Photographs: Courtesy of Emre Arolat Architects + Ertuğrul Morçöl + Selahattin Tüysüz

Santral Istanbul Museum of Contemporary Arts / Emre Arolat Architects + NSMH

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Architects: Emre Arolat Architects, NSMH
Location: , Turkey
Design Team: Kerem Piker, Natali Tombak, Gani Turunç, Sezer Bahtiyar, Ertuğrul Morçöl, Orhun Ülgen, Esin Erez, Murat Yavuzoğlu, Serdar Tercan, Ufuk Berberoğlu, Gözde Sazak, Gülseren Gerede Tecim, Hale Ikizler
Area: 6800.0 sqm
Year: 2007
Photographs: Courtesy of Emre Arolat Architects

Suyabatmaz Demirel Proposes Terraced Market Hall for Sultangazi  

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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 Marriage Hall / Emre Arolat Architects

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Architects: Emre Arolat Architects
Location: ,
Area: 6,350 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Cemal Emden