The Anatomy of a Building: “Sancaklar Mosque”

The Anatomy of a Building: “Sancaklar Mosque”

Architecture and design media practice SGMStudio has filmed a short documentary on EAA – Emre Arolat Architects’ Sancaklar Mosque.

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 […]

Green building and enterprise hub in Turkey wins Gold at Holcim Awards 2014

Green building and enterprise hub in Turkey wins Gold at Holcim Awards 2014

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.

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 […]

Istanbul's Fading Metabolism

Istanbul’s Fading Metabolism

The acute city versus obtuse urban redevelopment: Istanbul's urban structure is being replaced by big, slow, and stupid projects.

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 […]

Divine design: The mosque architect breaking the mold

Divine design: The mosque architect breaking the mold

Meet Zeynep Fadillioglu, 'first' woman to design a mosque, she has overseen 350 projects across world, including clubs

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, Istanbul, Turkey by Cem Sorguc - CM Mimarlik

Dogus Holding Headquarters, Istanbul, Turkey by Cem Sorguc – CM Mimarlik

Dogus Holding Headquarters is the proposed renovation of an existing reinforced concrete building in Istanbul, Ayazaga Cendere

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 […]

Turkish Contractors Association Headquarters, Ankara by AVCI ARCHITECTS

Turkish Contractors Association Headquarters, Ankara by AVCI ARCHITECTS

The project was the result of a limited design competition with a brief that placed a great interest in leading environmental design approaches.

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 […]

A Man Renovating His Home Discovered A Tunnel... To A Massive Underground City

A Man Renovating His Home Discovered A Tunnel… To A Massive Underground City

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 ...

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 […]

Istanbul's 'illegal' towers to be demolished

Istanbul’s ‘illegal’ towers to be demolished

The Turkish Council of State has ordered three luxury apartment blocks to be bulldozed amid widespread outrage.

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, Istanbul, Turkey by CM Architecture

NoXX Apartment, Istanbul, Turkey by CM Architecture

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 ..

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 […]

Istanbul’s gentrification by force leaves locals feeling overwhelmed and angry

Istanbul’s gentrification by force leaves locals feeling overwhelmed and angry

Luxury hotels are rising all over Turkey’s largest city as ageing districts are rebuilt – but critics say Istanbul is chasing profit for the privileged while ignoring the majority

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 […]

How the ancient underground city of Cappadocia became a fruit warehouse

How the ancient underground city of Cappadocia became a fruit warehouse

For centuries, people have lived in caves and tunnels under this region of Turkey. Now the subterranean city is serving a new purpose – as storage for vast quantities of agricultural produce

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 […]

Architecture as disaster - Business as usual

Architecture as disaster – Business as usual

The aftermath of the mining disaster in Turkey this month has seen "cost of living" become an architectural term. Is social and material damage just "collateral" or part of the business?

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 […]

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Borusan Expedition Center, Istanbul/Turkey by GAD

A multipurpose building commissioned by Borusan Company as a public exhibition and seminar space in Parkorman forest, few minutes from Istanbul city center. Open 24 hours and attracting many people in day and night. The forest is a respite from the extreme temperatures in the summer months. Facilities include swimming pools, restaurants, spas, and venues for parties and open-air concerts and shows.