GezI Park District

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Competition Entry by Building Office / Aras Burak in 2020

Gezi Park District


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Gezi

Park

District


Gezi Park District

The Urban Living Room

Taksim Square has been going through transformations since

the beginning of the 20th century. We strongly believe there is no

ultimate solution one can reach to fix Taksim. It is simply not the way

we see the nature of design and the role of the architect, the urban

planner, landscape designer. At the moment, we are experiencing

odd artifacts from the previous planning decisions taken. We can

observe and experience these as people living in Istanbul.

Istanbul has a very strong topographical character. Taksim square

is a plateau at +85m sea level, located on the ridge formed

by great topographical change - this path is called Tarlabasi

Caddesi, Halaskargazi Street, and Buyukdere Caddesi,

reaching 14km north till Haciosman. On this spine, Taksim serves

as a hub almost as crucial as Mecidiyekoy and Levent.

TAKSIM SQUARE REMAINS AS A HOLE IN THE MIDDLE OF DENSE URBAN

FABRIC OF ISTANBUL

Henri Prost defined the steep drop from Taksim in the northeast

direction as a green valley knowing the topographical character

of Istanbul. Today, Henri Prost’s Gezi Park is no longer a green

valley. Ceylan Intercontinental, Ritz Carlton, and many more standalone

private buildings with their fence were built into the valley,

interrupting the continuity of the green belt idea.

Yet, we believe Taksim is no longer the most crucial

transportation hub in the city. The city has had a trend of

migrating with consumption - not because of maximized capacity

- towards north starting in the 20th century. Starting from the

Ottoman Palace migrating from Topkapi to Dolmabahce, there has

been a historical trend to migrate towards the north of Istanbul.

This trend was followed by the business district of Karakoy moving

to Mecidiyekoy, later to Maslak. IBB’s new office was considered

in Maslak, Galatasaray’s Stadium moved from Taksim Square to

Mecidiyekoy; later to Seyrantepe, United States Consulate moved to

North to Istinye from historical Istanbul, bank headquarters moved

from Karakoy to 4.Levent, even the main airport moved to North in

2019.

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ORGANIZATIONS AND ADMINISTRATIVE BUILDINGS ALIGNED ON

BUYUKDERE STREET, CROSSING TWO HIGHWAYS E-5 AND E-6

Taksim Square has gotten weaker as a business center of

Istanbul as a result of this migration, yet Taksim has always

managed to preserve its socio-political meaning. In the 21st

century, the government defined Taksim Square as trouble making

public space where protests are made often on the 1st of May; often,

shops were vandalized every year as a result of the tension. The

gatherings, demonstrations were banned in Taksim on almost every

meaningful day, including New Year’s Day.

DRAWING SHOWING STRONG TOPOGRAPHY OF ISTANBUL IN RELATION TO

LANDMARKS AND MAJOR HIGHWAYS

The government was showing the public two new addresses

for gatherings: Yenikapi Meeting Zone and Maltepe Meeting

Zone. These vast concrete plains - larger than Tiananmen Square

were reclaimed land on the coast of Istanbul to justify the removal

of Taksim Square from the city. Providing the central, most extensive

of its kind solution to any need has been an urban planning strategy

in the 21st century in Turkey. This formula was followed for city

hospitals, court buildings, the need for gatherings treated in the

same way.


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The plan of filling Taksim Square with buildings was interrupted by

the Gezi Protests started by people of Istanbul standing in front of

the bulldozers at the end of May, beginning of June in 2013. As a








result, the government was convinced not to build the shopping

mall and ice rink. The protest forced Taksim to remain as a blank

sheet with its existing problems, untouched.

What Taksim needs today is not a new author. Yet, we have to

come up with a strategy to make it a better place collectively. We

are proposing a plan, a framework for immediate problems that can

be realistically done and does not require unrealistic political power

to bring into real life. The construction of the underground tunnel

for vehicles from Tarlabasi to Sisli has just finished a few years ago,

even though it is not ideal for pedestrian experience entering Taksim

and increases the space in addition to the existing undefined space,

we think it is a step taken that can have it’s own advantages.























Gezi Park is no longer as part of Henri Prost’s Green Valley idea. It










is a park surrounded by police, and on the pre-2013 days, the park

served substance abusers and had been a scary place to enter. The


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level change between the Taksim Square as we know and the Gezi

Park created compartments within the potential great open space,

resulting in disconnection. Consequently, Gezi Park has been a

black hole in the middle of Istanbul.

The empty space is valuable for the coming great Istanbul

earthquake, and we are aiming to develop the park with material



strategies for rainwater collection to set new standards for the rest

of the development in Istanbul.

We have seen great public green spaces in New York (High Line)

and Seoul (7017, Skygarden). Lately, Washington DC (11th Street































Bridge Park) is also planning a landscaped bridge as a public space.

Since Gezi Park is untouchable for good reasons, there is a

potential to extend the park just like a carpet onto the empty

space. This carpet-like approach is similar to traditional

Turkish treatment for empty concrete space, the living room.

Turks traditionally pile carpets on top of each other with a

sense of directionality - pointing corridors, rooms opening

to the central space. We feel a similar approach would be

appropriate for an empty concrete public space in Istanbul.

Gardens, other ground treatments stacked on top of each

other inspiring multiple uses into the open space. In Anatolia,

carpets tell stories with their patterns; we aim to reflect the

past of Taksim square within the choice of patterning.



























We propose to expand the park onto the rest of Taksim Square.

For the reasons explained above, we believe Taksim has lost its

socio-political importance and remains as an undefined, wasted

space right in the middle of a potentially very lively urban fabric. By

expanding the park onto the indefinite area, we are aiming to ramp

down and make these two levels one. A singular plain unifying Gezi

Park with the Taksim Square again.


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Recognizing its disconnection from Green Valley, instead of getting

rid of Gezi Park, we want to give it a new definition; we want to

open it up safely to the city with enough light and visual security. In

Gezi Park, we want to avoid too many tree relocations; therefore, we

only change the walkways within the park, redirecting them into the

city. Plugging them into existing flows, following axis from existing

Talimhane, and align and ramp it down to Istiklal Street.

This extension of the city grid from Talimhane gives us a

rotated square within the project zone. We call this square

Gezi Park District. This rotated square defines a new potential

for redevelopment, reuse of existing buildings in Talimhane in

harmony with the new Taksim Square. It also leaves a negative

space on four sides to be defined. One corner will be serving Istiklal

Street; the second corner will belong to AKM, and the third corner

as a dense green zone full of trees and fourth corner will provide

Sisli Urban connection.

The biggest intervention we are proposing is a lightweight,

relatively cheap scaffolding structure that will mark each node

on our 50m x 50m grid, providing lighting, electricity, and other

infrastructural needs for the new Taksim Square; the pavilions.

Pavilions will host infrastructure such as small programs like kiosks

for food, newspapers, coffee shops. The cube-like screens on top of

each pavilion will have the capability to move up and down almost

15m. The multimedia shows will be held on special occasions,

sponsors, and media artists will be able to design spectacular

experience 24 hours a day in the heart of the city. The selected

pavilions will also be designed via competition between artists

and architects.

We are also proposing elevated walkways that are acting as bridges

to North and North East, connecting Taksim to Ataturk Kitapligi and

Divan Hotel. These walkways would be integrated into the pavilions

for circulation.

This focus area development will be called Gezi Park District.

Taking two blocks of Talimhane within its influence area, we would

like to give a new definition to the emptiness existing at the moment

without building a single new building.

We define a system to read the existing fabric of Taksim Square; it is

a 50m x 50m module starting from Cumhuriyet Aniti, Gezi Fountain,

and edges of the square fall entirely within this grid system. This

grid is also used to form terraces moving the ground plane up and

down to match the topographical differences.

The existing city fabric of Talimhane is to be partially renewed by

injecting new buildings into the locations falling on this 50m

x 50m grid defined by us following existing structures in Taksim.

These interventions will be open to design competitions

and also given to trusted major architects of Istanbul for

redevelopment. Instead of a Tabula Rasa approach, this will slow

down the evolution and make the regeneration more natural.

Gezi Park District, in time, will become a lively place like

Asmalimescit, announcing the rebirth of Taksim, which will

influence Istiklal Street and Sisli to be more urban, filled with people

again, celebrating life in a sustainable way full of culture and art,

the way it used to be. We are proposing a collective strategy to give

birth to a new social city center taking advantage of its lightness

after the migration of its every single function to the north and

waterfront of Istanbul.

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The marble staircase of Gezi Park will be preserved as an

amphitheater facing the red carpet for the public in front of AKM,

which is a new zone defined by us as a place for gathering for

celebrations, protests in a more reasonable size. The crowd will still

have the potential to spread over the grass and Gezi Park area since

we get rid of the level change in our proposal.

APRIL 2020, CURRENT SITUATION OF TAKSIM SQUARE

The red carpet for all is a red ground where also Istanbul Metro

is exiting; taxis drop you off; it is the zone of arrival. We keep the

vehicle road as it is in front of AKM but would level this road with

the red ground, and only define the vehicle road with balustrades.

Once a year, a design competition will be held among artists and

architects to design a pavilion on the corner of AKM, similar to

“Kavusma Duragı” built in 2020.

KAVUSMA DURAGI BY INTER NATIONAL DESIGN (ARMAN

AKDOGAN AND FELIX MADRAZO) TEMPORARY PAVILION IN

TAKSIM (2020)


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Accoding to IBB maps, Taksim is a safe zone for

gathering when the Istanbul Earthquake happens.





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Istanbul Earthquake is expected to happen soon

Climate Change is happening

Turkey is going through diff icult times financially.

The design has to be the DNA of a resilient Istanbul. A

place to gather safely in an emergency. Its materiality

and features should be environmentally friendly, save

water, and allow recycling and re-use. The design that

allows phasing will enable the project to be developed

in the long term rather than one shot, and in terms of

our transportation strategy for the site since the road

network was built very recently.









Istanbul has been consuming its land without using the real potential with planning

densely. Architects can not change this wasteful approach on their own. Without

political and social power to design better, we have to see the advantage of this

migration. Galatasaray, Isbankasi, Residency of the President, the main Airport,

Istanbul Buyuksehir Belediyesi, all of these buildings moved or planned to move north

of Istanbul. Raising the question for us, are we going to have a new Mecidiyekoy once

the migration is complete? What happens to the land left behind? Can we celebrate it

by introducing more social programme?

Turning Emptiness to Indeterminate Green Space

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BEYOGLU KÜLTÜR YOLU is proposed by the

Ministry of Tourism connecting Istiklal Street to

Galataport. We are proposing to complete the

walk as a loop by making GEZI PARK DISTRICT

being the main hub for the walk. Istanbul Modern,

Galataport, Galata Tower, Asmalimescit, Nevizade,

Arter Museum, Cemil Topuzlu, Lutfi Kirdar, Inonu

Stadium would be located on this walk.

AT THE MOMENT TAKSIM SQUARE

IS A GIANT CONCRETE SURFACE

BIGGER THAN ALMOST ANY CITY

SQUARE IN THE WORLD. THE

GENEROSITY OF THE SPACE IS

ALMOST TOO BIG TO TURN INTO ANY

OF ITS POTENTIAL.

BEING FLEXIBLE MEANS BEING

AVAILABLE FOR NOTHING. AT THE

MOMENT TAKSIM SQUARE IS LIKE A

GIANT HOLE IN A VERY DENSE CITY.

“SOLVING” THE PROBLEMS OF

TAKSIM SQUARE IS A VERY

AMBITIOUS TASK REQUIRING

FINANCIAL, POLITICAL AND SOCIAL

DETERMINATION AND CONSENSUS.

WE DON’T BELIEVE IN “SOLVING

TAKSIM SQUARE” THEREFORE OUR

APPROACH IS A STEP TAKEN TO

IMPROVE THE CURRENT URBAN

CONDITION.

WE BELIEVE THE TRADITIONAL CITY

SQUARE DOES NOT HAVE THE SAME

MEANING IN OUR CURRENT SOCIETY.

TAKSIM SQUARE NO LONGER HAS

THE SAME MEANING IT USED TO

HAVE IN THE 1900S. THE URBAN

LIMITS OF ISTANBUL IS BEYOND THE

IMAGINATION OF HENRI PROST’S

ISTANBUL. WE PROPOSE TO RESIZE

THE GREEN AREA PROVIDED

WITHOUT DEMOLISHING THE

INFRASTRUCTURE THAT WAS BUILT

VERY RECENTLY.


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City Square as a Green Park

The empty concrete space of Taksim Square is surrounded

by vibrant urban patches such as Beyoglu, Sisli, Dolapdere,

Talimhane, Macka, Gumussuyu. We see these lively urban

patches just like small carpets where different profiles of

people live inside. Our proposal is to extend the existing

vibrant neighborhood into the concrete space and cover the

HANDS ON HIPS (ELİBELİNDE)

IT IS THE SYMBOL OF FEMININITY. IT SYMBOLIZES NOT ONLY MATERNITY AND FERTILITY, BUT ALSO GOOD

LUCK, FERTILITY, FORTUNE, HAPPINESS AND JOY.

“hole” with urban activity - a vast green park. Carpets define

empty spaces for us in the Turkish home scale. Like our

homes, on the urban level, carpets could inspire a variety of

activities, with stories recorded on their patterns reflecting

sociology, history of the people and their city.

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WATER WAY (SUYOLU)

WATER IS THE SYMBOL OF REBIRTH, PHYSICAL AND SPIRITUAL RENEWAL, CONTINUITY OF LIFE, FERTILITY,

NOBILITY, WISDOM, PURITY AND VIRTUE. IT IS THE MOST EFFECTIVE PURIFICATION SYMBOL. HE IS THE

SOURCE OF BOTH LIFE AND DEATH. IN ANATOLIA, WATER IS LIFE ITSELF.

HAND, FINGER AND COMB (EL, PARMAK, TARAK)

“HAND”, THE SYMBOL OF CREATIVE POWER, IS THE MOST IMPORTANT ORGAN THAT SEPARATES MAN

FROM ANIMAL. LARGE HAND AND FOOTPRINTS WERE PICTURED DURING THE BRONZE AGE. HANDS

SYMBOLIZE STRENGTH, POWER, AND POWER OF DOMINATION.

TRAMMEL (BUKAĞI)

THE NAME OF THE CHAIN THAT PREVENTS HORSES FROM MOVING AWAY FROM THE GRASSLAND,

WHICH IS ATTACHED TO THE FRONT TWO LEGS. IT SYMBOLIZES THE CONTINUATION OF THE FAMILY. IT

SYMBOLIZES LOVE AND UNION. IT IS ONE OF THESE SYMBOLS THAT ENGAGEMENT RINGS ARE TIED WITH

RED RIBBONS.

PATTERNS WILL ALSO SET UP SAFE

SOCIAL DISTANCING BETWEEN

PEOPLE IN THE GEZI PARK

GOOD LUCK, FERTILITY, FORTUNE, HAPPINESS AND JOY.

NATURE, CONTINUITY OF LIFE

HANDS, STRENGTH, SYMBOL OF BEING HUMAN

CONTINUATION OF THE FAMILY, LOVE AND UNION


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Design Evolution

+0m

+3m

SINGLE SURFACE

ISTIKLAL

ISTIKLAL

A DIVIDED PATCHWORK, TAKSİM SQUARE

AT THE MOMENT TAKSIM SQUARE IS IN TWO LEVELS, THE CONCRETE BASE AND

THE GEZI PARK +3M ABOVE THE CONCRETE PLATE. WE SEE THIS DIVISION AS A

PROBLEM; THIS DIVISION BREAKS ONE GREAT SPACE INTO TWO.

MAKE TAKSIM SQUARE A SINGLE SURFACE

BY INTRODUCING RAMPS STARTING FROM ALMOST CUMHURIYET ANITI, WE WANT TO

CONNECT TWO LEVELS INTO ONE SINGLE SURFACE MAKING PUBLIC ABLE TO WALK

EFFORTLESSLY INTO GEZI PARK. IN-FACT, EVEN MAKE TAKSIM EXTENSION OF GEZI

PARK.

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ISTIKLAL

ISTIKLAL

DEFINE A FOCUS AREA OF DEVELOPMENT

REUSE EXISTING INFRASTRUCTURE WE KNOW THE SENSITIVITY OF BUILDING

ANYTHING PERMANENT IN TAKSIM SQUARE. THEREFORE WE WOULD LIKE TO

MERGE TALIMHANE INTO THE COMPETITION AREA, TO REBUILD SOME OF THE

BUILDINGS OR REUSE EXISTING STRUCTURES.

MAKE THE GEZİ PARK MUCH BIGGER

TALIMHANE SEEMS TO BE A CUT-OFF URBAN FABRIC WANTING TO EXTEND INTO

TAKSIM SQUARE; WE WOULD LIKE TO COMPLETE TALIMHANE AS NEW GREEN ZONES

WHERE PEOPLE CAN REST AND ENJOY GREENERY.

ÇEŞME

ANIT

ISTIKLAL

ISTIKLAL

PROVIDING PEDESTRIAN CONNECTIONS

THE ALIGNMENT OF TALIMHANE SEEMS TO BE COMPLETING THE EXISTING

CONNECTIONS MUCH HEALTHIER THAN ANY OTHER ALIGNMENT FOR THE GRID.

DEFINING THE GRID OF TAKSİM SQUARE

WE INTRODUCE A PIN / GRID SYSTEM 50x50, WHICH ALSO MATCHES THE CURRENT

EXISTING BUILDING EDGES, MONUMENTS, FOUNTAIN to DEFINE THE FORMULA OF

NEW DEVELOPMENT. THESE TOWERS WILL ALSO SERVE AS THE INFRASTRUCTURE

OF THE CITY SQUARE.


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ŞİŞLİ

FOREST

BEYOĞLU

ISTIKLAL

ISTIKLAL

CULTURE

GRID OVERLAPPING BUILDINGS

WHENEVER A GRID POINT FALLS OVER AN EXISTING BUILDING, WE ARE GOING TO

INTRODUCE REUSE, REBUILD OR REPROGRAMMING THE EXISTING BUILDING, THIS

STRATEGY WILL ENCOURAGE A SOFTER REGENERATION RATHER THAN TABULA

RASA.

NEGATIVE SPACE

THE ROTATED CENTRAL ZONE WLL BE CALLED GEZI PARK DISTRICT, THIS ROTATED

RECTANGLE WILL NATURALLY LEAVE FOUR UNDEFINED CORNERS BECAUSE OF ITS

GEOMETRIC ALIGNMENT. THESE ZONES WILL BELONG TO DENSER USE OF EXISTING

PROGRAMMES SUCH AS CULTURE, GREENERY.

BUS STOP

ISTIKLAL

ISTIKLAL

DOLMUŞ - BAKIRKÖY

DOLMUŞ - KADIKÖY

DOLMUŞ - BOSTANCI

BUS STOP

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CARPETS OF USES

WE ARE ALSO INTRODUCING CARPETS WITH SIMILAR SCALE TO EACH THE URBAN

GRID OF TALIMHANE, TO DENSELY HOST CERTAIN USES SUCH AS EXTENSION OF

AKM, MARKER FOR ENDING ISTIKLAL STREET, MARKER FOR ENTRANCE TO TAKSIM

FROM SISLI, ANNUAL PAVILION ZONE PART OFTHE AKM

TRANSPORTATION NETWORK

WE ARE NOT INTERESTED IN CHANGING THE WHOLE ROAD NETWORK REACHING

TAKSIM SQUARE. MOST OF THESE ROADS WERE ENGINEERED VERY RECENTLY, AND

WE ACCEPT THEM AS THEY ARE, WE ONLY INTRODUCE NEW GATHERING POINTS

FOR DOLMUS to IMPROVE EXPERIENCE.

ISTIKLAL

ISTIKLAL

ELEVATED WALKWAYS

ELEVATED WALKWAYS CONNECT DIVAN AND ATATURK LIBRARY SIDES OF TAKSIM

SQUARE TO THE CENTRAL AREA. THEY ALSO ACT AS WALKWAYS AND VIEWING

PLATFORMS FOR TOURISTS AND LOCALS.

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COVERED WITH CARPETS OF GREEN, CULTURAL USE ZONES AND FUNCTION

SPECIFIC ZONES, HELD TOGETHER WITH AN OVERLAY OF INFRASTRUCTURE

GRID, WE PROPOSE TO HAVE A RICH TAKSIM SQUARE TEXTURE FULL OF RICH

EXPERIENCES WHILE KEEPING IT DEMOCRATIC AND SAFE.


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Infrastructure Pavilions



SCULPTURES OF SOL LEWITT


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50m x 50m grid works with Taksim Square matching with the

existing monuments such as Cumhuriyet Aniti and Gezi Fountain

that are to be preserved. Also the nodes on each 50m network

defines the edge of the project area as a precise tool.

METALLICA’S WORLDWIRED TOUR STAGE DESIGN, PERFORMING SCREENS

The towers will define the limits

for the temporary programs

introduced by sponsors such

as Nike Football renting a

100x100 zone in Taksim Square

for a week. Towers will act

as markers, infrastructure

providers.




NEW YEAR’S COUNTDOWN IN

THE NEW TAKSIM SQUARE

45°

TWIST

9.5m

ELEVATION


50m x 50m grid shows potentials for

dividing Taksim Square into different

sizes for different sponsorship,

government or social events. 40,000m 2 ,

30,000m 2 , 25,000m 2 , 20,000m 2 , 5,000m 2 ,

2,500m 2 with great alignments to the

existing fabric.






NEW YEAR’S DAY COUNTDOWN
























WATER, ELECTRICITY, LIGHT SOURCE, AMPLIFIERS, SCREENS, WASTE COLLECTION NODES


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2,C

1,A

1,A 4,A

2,A

Pavilion Neutral

The neutral pavilion only hosts foursided

LCD screen and lighting elements

for its surroundings and speaker for

sharing chosen performances with the

public into the park.

Pavilion Neutral Rotated

The neutral pavilion with the rotating

screen.

Pavilion Newstand

It is located next to the metro exit for

Taksim Station. Newsstand also offers

seating around the pavilion.

Pavilion Circulation

Tower has a 1500mm wide staircase

and lifts for elevating the public for the

use of the elevated walkways.

Pavilion Circulation B

Tower has a 1500mm wide staircase

and lifts for elevating the public for the

use of the elevated walkways. The only

difference is the direction of the lifts.

1,A

Pavilion Stage

Located in between the red carpet and

the preserved staircase of Gezi Park,

the stage offers dual aspect stage

function depending on the size of the

audience.

0,Z 5,X 0,E

1,E

Pavilion Florist

Pavilion Talimhane Gate Pavilion AKM South Pavilion Meeting Point

Located right next to and above the

historical Su Isleri building, the pavilion

will mark the traditional florist bazaar.

Located right next to and above the

historical Su Isleri building, the pavilion

will mark the traditional florist bazaar.

Right in front of AKM, inside the

reflecting pool, this will be an art piece

open for international competition for

artists.

Located in front of AKM, the northern

pavilion will be an artwork commission/

competition marking the meeting point

in Taksim in front of AKM traditionally.

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Taksim Underground Tunnel

FLOOD WATER IN THE NEWLY BUILT UNDERGROUND TUNNEL

Water Collection

MATERIALS ABSORBING AND COLLECTING FLOOD WATER

Emergency Infrastructure

INFORMATION SCREENS, SPEAKERS, WIFI PROVIDER,

ELECTRICITY SOURCE

INTERVENTION WHERE GRID MEETS EXISTING BUILDINGS

USE EXISTING INFRASTRUCTURE INSTEAD OF BUILDING NEW

ARCHITECT 1

DESIGNING NEW

PAINTING GALLERY

BUILDING IN TALIMHANE

1

2

ARCHITECT 2

DESIGNING NEW

BOUTIQUE HOTEL

2

4

WITH ART GALLERY IN

TALIMHANE

1

ARCHITECT 3

DESIGNING NEW BAR

3

& RESTAURANT WITH

ROOF TOP FACING

5

TAKSIM SQUARE AND

BOSPHORUS.

ARCHITECT 4

DESIGNING TAKSIM

4

MODERN ART MUSEUM

AS PART OF GEZI PARK

THE 50MX50M TOWER GRID WHEN IT IS

DISTRICT.

OVER THE TALIMHANE BUILT MASS - THE

EXISTING CITY - BECOMES A MARKER FOR

REGENERATION, SELECTED BUILDINGS

WILL BE RENOVATED AND RE-PURPOSED BY

SUCCESSFUL TURKISH ARCHITECTS INVITED.

THE SELECTION IS REPRESENTATIVE FOR THE

DENSITY OF SELECTION, FURTHER STUDIES

ARE REQUIRED FOR THE REAL SELECTION

3

ARCHITECTS

DESIGNING NEW HOTEL

OF TALIMHANE WITH

THE MOST POPULAR

BAR OF 2022 IN

ISTANBUL.

5


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Gezi Park Extended - Safer and Open






MULTIMEDIA MESH IN LOS ANGELES - HIGH LINE IN NEW YORK BRINGS PARK AS A PUBLIC

SPACE INTO THE CITY CENTER WITH ART PERFORMANCES AND INSTALLATIONS ALL YEAR


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There seems to be an existing grid system in Beyoglu district that

the city square has erased. This secondary grid, for us, defines the

circulation and new spaces within the deleted zone.

WE ARE AIMING TO EXTEND THE LIVELY ATMOSPHERE OF ASMALIMESCIT AND CICEK PASAJI

TO THE PEDESTRIANIZED TALIMHANE STREETS

The elevated walkway provides shading

and cooling elements such as waterfalls

for the potential occupation underneath.

They also connect the Gezi Park

towards Divan Hotel and Ataturk Library

direction above the roads.

This alignment of Istiklal Street in

relationship with Talimhane was also

respected previously by Behruz Cinici’s

proposal for Taksim Square. We came

up with this alignment approach before

finding out on Cinici’s project.


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Extending AKM into Taksim Square

Music in the Park

Some performances could be open to the public

via screens in the Taksim Square and Gezi Park.

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Music in the Park

Pop / Rock concerts will be performed on the

stage pavilion connected with an underground

passage to AKM building for backstage.


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Carpets for Intense Programmatic Use

ARRIVAL ZONE FROM SISLI

ZONE FOR ATATURK LIBRARY CONNECTION

ZONE FOR THE MOSQUE AND SU ISLERI

ZONE FOR ANNUAL PAVILION ART DISPLAY

ZONE FOR GATHERINGS, RED CARPET FOR ALL

ZONE FOR ISTIKLAL STREET ARRIVAL

RED CARPET FOR ALL - EXPANDING AKM INTO TAKSIM

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The red carpet is an exclusive zone in front of the Ataturk Kultur Merkezi

(AKM), celebrating the gathering for art. The metro exits are located here,

and reflective pools enhancing the AKM experience as architect Tabanlioglu

desired to have. The red carpet is also the gathering, waiting area for all

events in Taksim Square.

FLEXIBLE GROUND FOR AKM ART INSTALLATIONS

The sand-like compressed zone is open to changes during the whole year.

Every summer, a new pavillion such as KAVUSMA DURAGI will be designed

by an architect, artist chosen by AKM and will be built on this zone. This

“carpet” celebrates constant change, youth, and art.

RED TERRAZZO - NATIONAL WALK TO THE ANIT

Red terrazzo is celebrating the National Pride of Turkey. Ataturk Aniti is a

significant monument in Turkey, Every national day, government event or

protest of opposition parties happen in front of this Monument. We propose

to celebrate the walk from Istiklal Street to the Monument with a “carpet”

that is made out of red terrazzo stones.

RED CARPET FOR ALL

EXPANDING AKM INTO TAKSIM

Stage in the Park

Preserved marble staircase from

Henri Prost GEzi Park


COORDINATION

25,281m 2 5,A

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Moments from Gezi Park District

CYLCLING THROUGH MONUMENTS, CAFES, ART IN GPD

PUBLIC SPACE RESPECTING SOCIAL DISTANCING

NIGHT VIEW ABOVE TALIMHANE / GPD DISTRICT

CUMHURIYET ANITI AND REST OF THE TOWERS

ON THE EASTERN END, VIEWING DECK FOR SEA VIEW

ELEVATED WALKWAY LOOKING INTO TALIMHANE

PRESERVING FOUNTAIN, BALLUSTRADES OF GEZI PARK FEELING THE BEAUTIFUL GRASS IN GEZI PARK DISTRICT STAGE INTEGRATED INTO PAVILION

Areas for Development

-1,E

RED CARPET FOR ALL ZONE

AKM 0,E

-3,A

ANNUAL PAVILION ZONE

0,D

1,E

THE MARMARA HOTEL

ISTIKLAL STREET ZONE

-2,A

2,E

1,D

0,C

-2,Z

-1,A

1,C

3,E

0,B

AMPHITHEATER

2,D

0,A

1,B

CUMHURIYET ANITI

4,E

2,C

3,D

0,Z

1,A

2,B

MOSQUE ZONE

3,C

5,E

4,D

2,A

1,Z

DOLMUS 5,D

4,C

2,Z DOLMUS

6,E

3,A

5,C

4,B

GEZI PARK FOUNTAIN

2,Y

CEYLAN INTERCONTINENTAL HOTEL

3,Z

4,A

5,B

6,C

4,Z

3,Y

6,B

3,X

7,C

8,D

5,Z

4,Y

NUMBER OF

FLOORS

GFA PER FLOOR

GFA PER BUILDING

3,Y 10 253m 2 2,530m 2

3,Z 6 139m 2 834m 2

4,Y 10 253m 2 2,530m 2

4,Z 5 233m 2 1,165m 2

5,W 13 344m 2 4,472m 2

5,Y 10 179m 2 1,790m 2

5,Z 8 286m 2 2,288m 2

5,Z 8 286m 2 2,288m 2

6,7 6 107m 2 642m 2

6,Z 5 884m 2 4,420m 2

7,Z 9 258m 2 2,322m 2

We are proposing to have 12 special

side projects transforming Gezi

Park District into the most vibrant

area of Istanbul to give back the

life to Istiklal Street used to have.

Currently, the marked buildings are

marked with illustrative purposes

on 50mx50m grid. We will assess

and decide with a similar distance

to transform around 25,000m 2

GFA as strategic new projects to

transform Talimhane and give life to

Gezi Park District.

9,C

8,C

DIVAN HOTEL

8,B

7,B

ARRIVAL TOURIST BUS AREA

9,B

6,A

7, Z

6,Z

7,Y

3,B

1,A

6,Y

5,Y

6,X

5,X

4,X

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5,W

4,W

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VEHICLE TRAFFIC

ISTANBUL METRO

FENIKULER KABATAS

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Transportation Strategy









INTRODUCING THE URBAN GRID

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The tunnel built for the road connecting Golden Horn

to Halaskargazi Street underground was not the

most ideal for the pedestrian experience. However,

it helped Taksim Square become entirely pedestrian.

We are merely proposing an URBAN GRID similar to

manhattan to ease transportation in Gezi Park District.

This move will encourage walking, cycling, scooter

usage. We also propose to drill a hole on the mega

concrete surface to create a visual connection between

the underground bus station and overground use.

VISUAL CONNECTION WITH THE TUNNEL

By creating a hole in the concrete surface where the inner part

of the tunnel and the Istanbul Metro Galeri is aligned on top of

each other, daylight will be entering into the tunnel and the metro

levels. At the moment for pedestrians on the Taksim level can not

see the bus stops under the concrete plate; therefore, we propose

to open a terracing hole until we reach the metro level.


Gezi Park District

Second Stage Team Structure

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ARCHITECT

TEAM LEADER

Oversees the design development making sure

the design is compatible with the economic and

technological realities of the context. Development of

design drawings, details managing sub-Consultants.

STRUCTURAL ENGINEER

Designing the pavilion structural system with its

modularity, consulting on new infrastructure grid and

their potentials.






ARCHITECTURAL DESIGNER

DESING LEAD

Design Lead develops the concept with the team

leader, production of the presentation, day to day

coordination with sub-consultants during early design

stages manages and edits contriubtions in the most

coherent way.

MUSEOLOGIST

Explores the history of Taksim and its artefacts and

their role in society, as well as the new activities

proposed, the public will engage in, including curating,

preservation, public programming, and education.





LANDSCAPE DESIGNER

THE DESIGN, USER EXPERIENCE

Development of concept design with the rest of the

team. Makes sure the design is ethically correct in

terms of environment and designs the vegetational

composition, decides on the right specimens for

the Istanbul climate. Landscape designer develops

strategies for water aggregation, landscape design

details in the second stage.

URBAN PLANNER

AND INNOVATION CONSULTANT

The consultant brings the user/client perspective to the

project. Asks the right questions and helps clarification

of the concept, helps to structure the presentations, and

caters the design to meet the public expectations.

MEDIA ARTIST




Development of concept design with the rest of the

team. Makes sure the design suggests changes on the

existing urban network that is necessary with minimum

effort and maximum effect, enabling the traffic flow to be

seamless around Taksim Square.

Media Arist curates and explores the potentials of the

multimedia screens in the proposal - the pavilions.


CONTACT

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