Can a part of the city that has remained chaotic and idle for years become a qualified, art-generating, contemporary urban space?

MECIDIYEKOY ART

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MECIDIYEKOY ART

For decades, Mecidiyekoy square has been the black hole of the city for it was extremely exposed to dense traffic, noise and exhaust fumes, being located under the viaduct of public transportation. The development of the square is part of Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality's plan to renovate the area in order to create a better physical environment nourished with contemporary art.


Within the scope of the 8000 m² Mecidiyekoy Square Masterplan developed by caps.office, two buildings were realized by KAAT: an art structure that people can watch along the pedestrian route and those who wish can enter to experience the exhibition, and a bookstore structure to emphasize the cultural regeneration of the square and its surroundings, which has been idle for years.


The buildings act as floating canopies in a way that allows them to be perceived uninterruptedly from the outside. Although they are exposed to intense vibration under the viaduct in an earthquake zone, large openings and cantilevers have been created by using highly advanced steel engineering and manufacturing. The 360-degree glass facade of the building is enriched with pivot glass doors, thus allowing leaks from the square to the building.


The project was completed in October 2021 and the buildings are now open to public ready for use.

Client

İstanbul Metropolitan Municipality

Location

İstanbul

Size

470 sqm

Program

Art Gallery & Bookstore

Status

Completed

Collaborators


  • Caps.Office 

  • Selami GÜREL ( Metal Yapı Engineering & Consultancy)

  • Bengisu İLKSOY

  • Recep SEVİNÇ 

  • SLM Engineering 

  • Photo Credit : Orhun Ülgen Works

FLOATING CANOPIES & ART PRODUCTION UNDERNEATH

The canopies of the building and its flooring made of precast concrete elements describe a perfectly rounded quadrangle. One side of the glass façade between these two structural elements is fully folded and the other side opens with pivots to make the integration with the square and city life possible.

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Mecidiyeköy square has been remained inactive for years as an urban black hole that could not even be called a square. The area, which has taken a place in the city's memory in this way, has gained a completely different identity with qualified landscape analysis and strategic positioning of the programs that will feed the square. 

This area, which contains the city's residential and commercial stocks, has a dense pedestrian circulation. While the constructed promenade is supported by sitting benches, it is enriched with art and bookstore structures on the other hand.

A meeting and breathing space that generates art from under an inactive viaduct.

MATERIALS & ATTITUDES

The area where the building is located contains all the urban motifs where the concrete is badly used such as viaduct bottoms, viaduct columns darkened by the exhaust and unqualified façades of surrounding buildings. By using the concrete material identified with this place in both cement-based terrazzo and glassfibre reinforced concrete panels (GRC), a reference to the previous state of the project area is made. All metalwork in the building is embossed bronze. Although it is an assertive color that we cannot always see in this city, the roughened texture that comes with matte gafrato strengthens the sense of rarity of the building.

The 360-degree glass facade of the building is enriched with pivot glass doors, thus allowing intermediate leaks from the square to the building.

FORM & IDENTITIY

The buildings are designed as floating canopies in a way that allows the world they cover to be perceived from the outside completely and uninterruptedly. Although it is exposed to intense vibration under a viaduct and is in an earthquake zone, large openings and cantilevers have been created by using highly advanced steel engineering and manufacturing in the structure. 

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