Meydan

Istanbul, Turkey.

Born from the seven hills of the historic peninsula, Istanbul’s fabric negotiates among moments of topographic and monumental confluence. Atop each crest, historic landmarks define a skyline that acts as both a way-finding and place-making urban device. This in turn defines spaces of public significance as the intersection of hill and skyline. Within this context, the design of the Meydan, located in Beyazit Square, adds a new layer of land to the existing site, manipulating the relationship of ground and skyline as well as the connection with the monuments.

The addition is qualified by two components. First, ground surfaces are raised strategically to edit the skyline through the picturesque. This topography removes programmatic centrality and tricks the way-finding as perceptual triangulation among monuments. Secondly, elevation changes between the existing and new ground are made legible at monument edges, forming a system of scars in the surface of the topography. Within these scars exist the extension of monumental sequences, reverberating from the landmark which the scar embeds. The proportion of spaces in the scar is designed such that all other skylines are eliminated, consequently producing a surface relationship to the immediate monument.

In collaboration with Kevin Murray.