Many places claim to being a ‘crossroads’ of cultures and civilizations, but none probably has greater claim to that than Turkey.
Turkey is home to the only city that straddles two continents, whose many names – Byzantium, Nova Roma, Constantinople, and Istanbul – testify to the country’s occidental and oriental cultural influences. However, it is instead the other way round: it is the history of that region that has defined the continents as we know them today.
From this perspective, we propose our selection of materials with the aim of creating a new ecological landscape system, result of a natural, cultural and economic balance.
We look at materials, that somehow, they have been for centuries and they are still in site and we carry them to effectiveness extreme, to get a smart design, construction and use.
The new landscape blends with the existing and binds to the natural network of forests, lakes and rivers, to control (first of all) the runoff of the site. For this, we use materials from the own landscape. The retaining walls are made with local stones, water (diverging from the existing network) and local trees with different ports.
The pieces of architecture (and its identity curved forms) are resolved with a mixed structure- made with artificial stones inside and steel outside. The proposed slabs are made of wood and it collaborates in a constructive system composed of racks antiseismic, accurate and light that works like a giant jelly.
The transition - between the private and public, interior and exterior, architecture and nature- is carried out through a succession of filters or lattices-air, resolved with wood, millimetric thickness stones and ceramics, and glass.
All these are light materials, transparent in some situations and translucent in others (internal use, presence of vegetation and sun and wind aspects will answer to this question). Fabrics, light, trees, water and air complete this material transition proposed, between architecture and nature.
In this regard, our goal is to contribute to the consolidation of local industries such as stone, wood, steel, pottery and weaving looms, to improve its work between them- collaborating together- thus achieving technological improvements with the industry that exist in Istanbul already.
Bio Istanbul belongs to site already and in our proposal all in all stems from the naturalization of architecture. Site reveals us a Crossroads of Material Strategies to get it.