Taller or more Visible?

The height of their skyscraper is very important for many investors. Architects often argue the quality of the spaces is more important than how tall it is. In the special case of Istanbul, the strong topographical characteristic adds more interesting parameters to the choice of the site for the skyscraper that is often ignored by the investors.

The easy competition is to compare your skyscraper’s height with the heights of European skyscrapers since there is not much of a super tall skyscraper in Europe.

If you are building the tallest skyscraper of Europe in +10m to sea level, your skyscraper is likely to disappear behind the hills of Istanbul when it is complete.

The priority for the investor for the building is likely to be the visibility of the building and what you can see from the highest point when you are in the building.

The smarter approach would be to value the highest points in the modern district of Istanbul, Sisli where most of the new skyscrapers are located.

Therefore we have mapped the highest points in the Sisli district:

http://www.istanbulsisli.com

Şişli book, New Draft

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The long-term book project of our office, Sisli book is coming to a shape yet it’s still a draft. The modern Istanbul guide based on a newly proposed one kilometer grid system is searching for a modern city planning on a strong topography like Istanbul.

We are also questioning blindly acceptance of the skyscraper as stacked floors of a tall building just like an American flat city in Istanbul when it dramatically keeps failing.

Twelve proposals of our office highlights the key moments in Sisli, in search for a system – sometimes unbuildable – to tackle the issues such the desire of having a great public square, Americanising the silhouette of the city while keeping the traditional character.

Şişli book is in Turkish however the same projects with their thesis will take place in the “Building” book to be published around 2016 in English.

La Primavera Evi

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Ağustos sonunda olan yarışma teslimi sonrası başladığım ev Kuzey Amerika’da: Venice Beach, Los Angeles’da yer alıyor. Üçü yer altında, üç yer üstünde olmak üzere altı kattan oluşan bu villada tam okyanus kıyısında, var olan iki evin yerine inşa edilecek. Henüz Aris ile konuşmamış olsak da bu projeyle ilgili, iskelet hakkında da şu aşamada bir fikir geliştirmeye çalışıyorum.

Ev giriş katında, yer altına ve yer üstüne olmak üzere iki farklı dolaşım seçeneği sunuyor.

Çatı katında havuz olarak tanımlamanın biraz abartılı olacağı bir konfor alanı var. Bu alan büyük banyo ve ebeveyn odalarına bağlanıyor. Programı evin tepesinden başlayarak açıklamamın sebebi mühendislik olarak da yukarı katlardan başlayan bir sistem olabileceğini düşünüyor olmam. Yani büyük bir T harfi gibi şematik olarak düşünebiliriz binayı. Giriş katı seviyesinde düzensiz gözüken merdiveni içerisinde barındıran dikdörtgen prizma ve ikinci katta dışa doğru açılan prizmaları inşa edebilmek icin en üst katta düzenli bir kolon kiriş sistemine sahip olmak avantajlı olabilir. Şimdilik 150x300mm profilinde çelik bir iskelet binayı oluşturacak diye düşünüyorum.

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De Rotterdam

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This astonishing photo of the De Rotterdam (OMA) building is taken by Ruud Sies. I’ve witnessed some part of the very hard work under the leadership of Ellen van Loon behind for this building, and it’s a great feeling to see the building now actually built. Congratulations to the De Rotterdam team!

AA School Projects Review 2012

Private view Friday 22 June, 6.30 to 8.30

AA Projects Review exhibition and accompanying book launch are celebrated in the AA’s main building and Bedford Square garden.

Projects Review offers an overview of the AA’s 2011/12 acadamic year. On display are hundreds of drawings, models, installations, phogographs and other materials documenting the diversity and experimental nature of the AA School.

source: AA School (aaschool.ac.uk)