Philip Morris / Mimari Studio

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Architects: Mimari Studio
Location: Gunesli, ,
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 , Turkey. 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 Istanbul 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.

Miracle Residence / BFTA Mimarlik

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Architects: BFTA Mimarlık Ltd. – Fuat Taşkıranoğlu
Location: Kurtkoy, ,
Collaborators: Selim Kanbur/Structural, Sadikoglu Muhendislik/Mechanical, Tepas Muhendislik/Electrical
Design Team: Fuat Taşkıranoğlu, Beylem Taşkıranoğlu, Celalettin Aksoy, Fulya Arabacıoğlu, Miguel Zapatero, Işıl Budak
Client: Mönİnşaat Ltd.
Completion: 2012
Site Area: 17,000 sqm
Building Size: 30,000 sqm
Photographs: Gürkan Akay

Yenikapi Transfer Point and Archaeo-Park Area Proposal / insula architettura e ingegneria + Atelye 70

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After successfully participating in the first phase of the competition as part of a limited group of 9 international teams, the team comprised of Francesco Cellini – insula architettura e ingegneria with Huseyin Kaptan – Atelye 70 was awarded ‘7 out of 8 votes’ by the members of the jury of the competition for the redevelopment of the Yenikapi Transfer Point and Archaeo-Park area. They proposed, for the central area, a close functional and above all cultural integration between the spaces dedicated to users of the subway system – estimated at some 1,700,000 people per day – and those destined for the ‘City Archive’. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Yenikapı Transfer Point and Archaeo-park Area / Mecanoo

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Mecanoo architecten, in cooperation with local partner Cafer Bozkurt Architecture, shared with us their proposal, one of the competition’s three winning proposals, in an international design competition for Yenikapı Transfer Point and Archaeo-Park Area in , . Yenikapı, ‘New Gate’, consists in a railroad and maritime transfer centre that connects Europe with Asia, as well as the inner city with the surrounding megapolis and the rest of the country. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Branch Office In Bursa / Yalin Architectural Design + Denge Architecture

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Architects: Yalin Architectural Design – Ömer Selcuk Baz + Denge Architecture – Emine Didem Durakbasa
Location: , Bursa, Turkey
Design Consultant: Walter Stelzhammer
Collaborators: Structure, Probi Project; Mechanic, Öcen Project; Electric, Öneren Engineering
Client: Central Bank of Turkish Rupublic
Contractor: Ordem
Completion: December 2011
Total Construction Area: 5,500 sqm
Photographs: Cihan Pocan

Goksu Rope Factory Lofts / Suyabatmaz Demirel Architects

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Suyabatmaz Demirel Architects shared with us their design for the Goksu Rope Factory Lofts in . The new owner of this derelict factory wanted to turn his investment into a high-end residential project consisting of various sized lofts. After visiting the site, our major concern became clear. Since the 17.000m2 building was used many years for industrial production, it should still deliver the authentic atmosphere even after it has been rehabilitated for new functions. In order to keep the intangible precipitation of this place, a subtle and humble design strategy was necessary. More images and architects’ description after the break.

TAO Office Tower / Suyabatmaz Demirel Architects

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The TAO Office Tower, designed by Suyabatmaz Demirel Architects, has been designed as a high-rise building so as to play a symbolic figure in the Financial Center Project where it is located. Located on a sloped land on the northwest side of Atasehir Financial Center area in , TAO Office Tower has many determining features to be a part of a mega finance district in the context of location, topography and urbanism. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Heads Up: 10 Fastest Growing and Declining Cities

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According to Derek Thompson’s article for The Atlantic, the Brookings Institute recently published a ranking of the world’s 200 largest metropolitan economies. The Global MetroMonitor division of the Brookings Institute, published the report on January 2012. In this brief synopsis, he reveals the “10 Fastest-Growing (and Fastest-Declining) Cities in the World”. Among the fastest growing is Santiago, Chile, the only Latin American country in the top 10. The top 10 is primarily populated by Asian countries – , Turkey and Saudi Arabia all have multiple cities in on the list. Conversly, the tail end of the list is dominated by Western European countries most affected by the economic downturn, with just two cities from the US – Sacramento, California and Richmond, Virginia.

The survey primarily focuses on their economic development comparing income and job growth, to say nothing of the cultural, societal, and political circumstances which may or may not be contributing the dynamism of each city’s economy. Thompson points out, two of the fastest growing cities in the world, Izmir, Turkey and Santiago, Chile are also among the poorest. Developing countries have the most to gain as they join the global economy but it may still be sometime before the economic growth balances a comfortable standard of living.  Watch the interview with Alan Berube from MetroMonitor.

With all of that in mind, follow us after the break for a look at the list.

Uşak Intercity Bus Terminal Complex / Collective Architects

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Collective Architects shared with us their proposal for the Uşak Intercity Bus Terminal Complex Architectural Design Competition which won the second prize. Their design aims to bring in a terminal building to the city, which is designed with a well topographic analysis of the competition site. Their approach also involves combining the space left from the terminal building with the recreational area. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Augmented Structures v1.1: Acoustic Formations / Salon2

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The first stage in the Augmented Structures project by Salon2 is the Augmented Structures v1.1: Acoustic Formations / İstiklâl Caddesi installation which reanimates phenomena (architecture, sound and visual arts) that appear to be completed and concluded. The acoustic memory of İstiklâl Caddesi is first transformed into an architectural surface and then this solid form becomes a dynamic visual performance through a 400m2 installation on the facade of Yapı Kredi Bank Culture Building. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Doluca Winery / Şanal architecture|urbanism

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Architects: Şanal architecture|urbanism
Location: Çerkezköy, ,
Principals: Murat Şanal, Alexis Şanal
Project architects/designers: Begum Öner, Cibeles Sanchez Llupart, Joseph Cele
Client: Doluca Şarapçılık
Design Team: Kaan Sucu, Nazli Ergani, Tim Kovats
Completion: Sept 2011
Building Area: 15,000 sqm
Photographer: Refik Anadol

   

Disaster Prevention and Education Center / 109 Architectes

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109 Architectes recently took home the third prize at the 12th annual ThyssenKrupp Elevator Architecture Awards with their design for for the Disaster Prevention and Education Center in Bakırköy, . A total of 287 projects from 59 countries were submitted to the competition. Participants were required to propose an Disaster Prevention and Education Center on a 27,000m2 piece of land. The center will be equipped with educational resources including audiovisual equipment, simulation systems to recreate the experience of natural disasters, first aid supplies and emergency communication systems. In the center, a planetarium, library, information boards and meeting halls will serve to inform visitors. More images and project description after the break.

Disaster Prevention and Education Center / DRA&U

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Given the particular nature of the program described in the competition brief, the proposal for the Disaster Center by DRA&U focuses on the realization of a visually striking building that also represents a challenge to traditional architecture and engineering. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Disaster Prevention and Education Center / Vulmaro Zoffi

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Vulmaro Zoffi shared with us a proposal for the Disaster Prevention and Education Center in . The design shows the events which involve earth, air and water in a friendly manner, enclosed by a public ETFE greenhouse, where all the inhabitants can found harmony with nature, under the shade of the trees. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Disaster Prevention and Education Center / Superunion Architects

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On a site almost without context because of its vast scale and open development plans, the Disaster Prevention and Education Centre (DPEC), designed by Superunion Architects, represents a new beginning for the Expo area adjacent to the Atatürk International Airport. Today, the area is a typical example of a generic, market driven development without a common goal. It consists of tall isolated buildings trying to express their individuality rather than performing as a coherent whole. Situated in a void between city and airport, where public space is nonexistent, isolated buildings are surrounded by their own private sea of parking. The new Istanbul DPEC reverses current planning standards, making the ground surface completely public by elevating the building and letting the park flow freely below. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Disaster Prevention and Education Center / LEON11

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‘Inhabiting the sky’, a project proposal for the Disaster and Prevention Center by LEON11, aims both, to provoke a radical impression over the visitants and to take care of nature. In doing so, their design creates an awareness about sustainability through the understanding that nature is not something that we have to fear, but just to respect and love. To get the main point across of understanding nature by being surrounded by it, they are reaching out to show visitors. Once they get in the center, visitors get the feeling of being surrounded by clouds. More images and architects’ description after the break.