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. “Although we believe that larger urban planning initiatives cannot be reduced to singular architectural interventions, the structure we propose intends to not only act as a gradient that transitions the existing and proposed activities in this new and emerging part of the city but also aims to plug into a much larger global cultural context through a dynamic fusion of aesthetic, cultural and functional criteria,” explained the architect.
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