World Architecture Festival 2022 – Finalist
ISTANBUL YENİKAPI CRUISE PORT – ISTANBULPORT
Istanbulport is going to welcome the cruises from all around the world”
World Architecture Festival Finalist in the 2022 Future Projects – Infrastructure Category
The cruise terminal planned to be built in Yenikapı will also be one of the most important cruise ports in the Mediterranean Sea, with a berthing area of 3000m and a daily capacity of 20,000 passengers where 8 ships can dock at the same time. The strategic location of the port provides a great opportunity of easy access to Istanbul’s heritage and historic peninsula for the ships and the passengers. The natural and cultural characteristics of the region is taken into account during the design phase, especially the interaction with the historical peninsula was considered as an important fact. The new area created on the coast will be an important center where the citizens can reach to the sea, participate in social and cultural activities, spend time and watch the movements of the ships in the cruise port.
ISTANBUL PRINCES’ ISLAND (BÜYÜKADA) MOSQUE
İstanbul Princes’ Island (Büyükada) Mosque “enhancing intangible traditional values with modern interpretations…”
World Architecture Festival Finalist in the 2022 Future Projects – Competition Entries Category
The originality of the island’s unique texture does not come from the aesthetic and architectural values of the urban artefacts separately, but it comes from the architectural pattern and the local texture of the territory. The proposed mosque design has emerged with the aim of being a part of this pattern and the local texture with its architectural discourse. In this sense, it is in harmony with the island’s texture and the silhouette. The architectural discourse of this modest design is to be landmark with its transparency and permeability not with an overwhelming massive structure. In this context, the design has two main arguments. The first is to design the pedestrian transition from the daily pace, crowd, and dynamics of the public space to a private, quiet and pleasurable private space of the worship area within a unique spatial setup; the second is to design pre-worship area as an interface between the public pedestrian area and the worship area in a permeable shelter. The permeable building shell which is composed of hollow cast-iron lattice of Turkish motifs represents the permeable interface to be created. The private area placed inside this permeable cage is the worship area. To keep the privacy and holiness of the main worship area it is designed with less permeable and transparent surfaces. So, it stands as more closed, rather massive structure at the core of the permeable shell outside. The circular massive wall of this core worship area is proposed as concrete. The openings in different sizes and in different patterns designed on the concrete surface of the worship area, indicate the aesthetic composition of the light, desired to enhance the holiness and the spirit and atmosphere of the mosque. Also, the doors where the prayer area meets the exterior is designed respectively. The atmosphere created by the semi-private space formed by the permeable shelter prepares people for worship and disconnects them from the busy and crowded daily life of the Island. This is the area where bodies and souls are prepared for worship, is designed as to face the sea. The place of worship is surrounded by a circular surface, providing the traditional understanding of total space. Permeability is important to create a mystique atmosphere, natural light penetrates through the solid surface to create a visual and aesthetic interior. In this context, the strong and spiritual effect of natural light in the interior is one of the spatial features that are especially emphasized. At night, the lights reflecting from here overflow from the permeable surface made of Turkish motifs to the street. This time shadows shape and transform the street. The life that belongs to worship meets the vital space that belongs to daily life. A new context has been created with the contemporary interpretation of traditional mosque architecture forms such as dome, minaret and mosque courtyard. The building was designed with an aesthetic understanding emphasizing contemporary technology and religious values.