Bulgur Palais

LOCATION
ISTANBUL / TURKEY
ARCHITECTURAL PROJECT & DESIGN
GOKHAN AVCIOGLU & GAD
BUILDING TYPE
PUBLIC , EXPERIMENTAL
YEAR
2016
STATUS
STUDY
Urban conversion projects are essential in today's world, specifically in historical cities like lstanbul. Historical conversion projects allow us the chance to examine life conditions of the past, evaluate the present, and propose unique hybrid solutions. The site is in the Cerrah Pasha District of lstanbul, its main central icon is Bulgur Palais, designed by the Italian architect Mongeri who carried the ratios and the ornaments of public buildings to the domestic sphere. Paradoxically, the surrounding areas around the palace possess quite a different built language. The area is a mix of buildings with and without architects. Buildings without architects grew with local masters relying on their own experiences, craft and skills, basing their designs on available sites, environmental  issues, materials and economic opportunities. There is an almost natural emergence to the area’s urban fabric. The site is directly adjacent to the Bulgar Palais and is slightly ignored area of gardens, where the trees that grew produce an oasis­like effect. The site is a burst of greenery in a very dense urban environment with limited green zones. For the design proposal, we explored the 3 different solutions, each with their own set of parameters and effects. 

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