Think of Turkish architecture and you might conjure images of ornate Ottoman art covering the walls of mosques from floor to ceiling. But take a stroll through any of the more modern, industrial communities in Istanbul, and you’ll encounter a world of buildings with distinct geometric features highlighted by bold colorful walls. Architect and photographer […]
Workinn is the first hip hotel in Gebze, located within TAYSAD organized industrial site (TOSB) at the outskirts of Istanbul in a recently established suburban center ‘Cayirova’. The 162 bed hotel utilizing 12 000 m2 closed area, resides nearby a busy traffic interchange connecting the campus with a transeauropean motorway. Being so close to roadways […]
For months, three architects would meet at the waterfront of Izmir, Turkey’s third-largest city. They watched the oil tankers and container ships traversing the Gulf of Izmir, and the boats taking commuters to the suburbs. They observed the concrete barriers at the water’s edge, the forbidding and industrial atmosphere, and the highway that separates water […]
It’s so ambitious and courageous that the word food court just falls short. Cadde opened in Mecidiyeköy, Istanbul, bringing more than 25 carefully chosen fashion and lifestyle retailers and of course restaurants on Trump Towers’ roof terrace and turns it in to much more than what you might expect from any other mall. In using […]
The subterranean settlement was discovered in the Nevşehir province of Turkey’s Central Anatolia region, in the historical area of Cappadocia. Cappadocia is famous in archaeological circles for its large number of underground settlement. But the site, located around the Nevşehir hill fort near the city of Kayseri, appears to dwarf all other finds to date. […]
An old industrial building which existed on site was transformed into the sales Office for a mixed use investment including residences, offices, a shopping mall and a marina on the İzmir coast. Sales offices are planned on the front side of the ground floor, sample flats on the top floor. As the building was too […]
SUMMA, one of Turkey’s major international construction companies, purchased the practically derelict structure at the end of 2012, taking a decision to move further nearer towards the central CBD in Levent at the Seyrantepe junction of the ring road. Strangely although it is very near the CBD, this location currently has a no new building […]
A modular sculptural installation, designed by Istanbul and New York based architectural practice GAD Architecture, has been recently featured in Istanbul’s famous Taksim Square during Istanbul Design Week. Being the site of the Gezi Park protests in May 2013, Taksim Square is considered as one of the most political places in Turkey’s modern history and […]
‘’Alper Derinboğaz’s project delivers a new way to read the stratification of Istanbul in terms of social and physical thresholds, economic developments and traces of memory on the banks of the ridge extending from Taksim to Levent; a bold attempt to decipher the codes of evolutionary character of Istanbul’s urbanization adventure.’’ Modalities of the Spontaneous […]
On a wet day in Turkey‘s bustling capital, Ankara, healthcare workers busily go about their daily tasks. A temperature is taken here, a patient is wheeled into an operation room there while hospital doctors shuffle along their rounds. Turkey’s population is over 74 million and growing. Every citizen, whether young or old, will need medical […]
The location of the house as well as the personality, way of living and needs of the client were the main parameters in the design of this project. Karakoy had always been the heart of the commerce in Istanbul. Nowadays the old neighborhood is getting more hip and active with many new art galleries, boutiques, […]
SGMStudio (Sarraf | Galeyan | Mekanik) has filmed a short documentary on EAA – Emre Arolat Architects’ Sancaklar Mosque -a building that stands out as one of the rare examples of modern architecture among Turkey‘s Islamic places of worship. SGMStudio’s “Sancaklar Mosque” premiered at Architecture Week Prague and will be on display until October 12th […]
An ecological park for sustainable research and technology planned for Ortadoğu Sanayi ve Ticaret Merkezi, an industrial zone located in Ankara won the top prize. Creating an attractive communal space for its users with minimum interference to the natural context, the building and landscape design by architects Onat and Zeynep Öktem of ONZ Architects in […]
As Istanbul undergoes a process of “Urban Transformation,” the plight of dispossessed residents and the bulldozing of historic UNESCO sites are apparently small trivialities. Human rights, historic preservation and even ecological sustainability are strange, unquantifiable concepts compared to the fruits of economic growth. So let us forget these elitist European ideals for a moment, and […]
When it comes to buildings, they don’t come much different than a mosque and a nightclub. In Istanbul, these two structures have more in common than you might think. Zeynep Fadillioglu is the architect behind both, her elegant creations blending sleek modernism with traditional ornamentation. Designing a building is hard enough, without also having to […]
Dogus Holding Headquarters is the proposed renovation of an existing reinforced concrete building in Istanbul, Ayazaga Cendere. The scope of the proposal is exclusive of structural intervention and the revision of external mass, however the examination of program relationships, design of interior spaces and retention of the existing immediate ground relationship is included. The main […]
The project was the result of a limited design competition with a brief that placed a great interest in leading environmental design approaches. Thus the project team set up from the onset was a multidisciplinary group, both international and local which included Atelier Ten from London as environmental engineers. The completed building is already regarded […]
In 1963, a man in the Nevşehir Province of Turkey knocked down a wall of his home. Behind it, he discovered a mysterious room and soon discovered an intricate tunnel system with additional cave-like rooms. What he had discovered was the ancient Derinkuyu underground city in Turkey. The elaborate subterranean network included discrete entrances, ventilation […]
Butting into the Istanbul skyline like a trio of stumpy minarets, three luxury apartment towers loom above the city’s historic peninsula, destroying a majestic silhouette of domes and spires that has remained unchanged for centuries. But now, in an unprecedented ruling, an order from the highest court in Turkey has ordered the buildings to be […]
NoXX Apartment is located in a narrow dead end in Cihangir. Due to the location of the Project and the short timing for construction, conventional construction techniques seem unattainable, therefore a steel structure apartment building is designed with an industrial sensibility and as a homage to the rare standing structures from early century typical of […]
At a grand ceremony along the Black Sea, Turkey recently marked the start of construction on the world’s largest airport – six runways and 150 million passengers per year, at a projected cost of about $15bn (£8.8bn). “Istanbul is marking a historic day,” the prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said at the groundbreaking. “We’re building […]
The 98 square kilometres of the Cappadocia region in Turkey make for a strange landscape. Powdery white soil gives the place a lunar feel. The hollowed out hillsides and 10-metre tall “fairy chimneys”, a tourist attraction crafted by wind and rain, could be leftovers from a 1970s James Bond set. At night, lights flicker in […]
This month 301 miners were killed in the town of Soma in Western Turkey. According to Turkey’s Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the disaster was just another “ordinary work accident”. This “business as usual” attitude has met with claims that the disaster was in fact wholly preventable, claims which rest on conflicting views of the […]
The architecture of the new Zorlu Center (Istanbul, Turkey) Apple retail store has been revealed, and it includes a huge white roof with the iconic Apple logo..
One of the most essential virtues we may assign to architecture is the ability to reveal the unconscious of power.
Previously unseen shots at the Arthur M Sackler Gallery in Washington DC show medieval Seljuk and Armenian monuments from across Anatolia
An instant ruin was conceived in Ankara in 2005, to be left idle in 2008 and torn down in 2012.
Despite the huge protests, the Istanbul court recently allowed the developments in Gezi park….
The cause of the wave of mass protests which took Turkey by storm last June is often attributed to the ‘uprooting of five trees in Istanbul’s Gezi Park.‘
Dertop (Gleaner): Subjective Contours, a series of participatory walks with Elastic City’s01 Todd Shalom and artist Hayal Pozanti, is now open to the public.