GDKP

LOCATION
ISTANBUL / TURKEY
ARCHITECTURAL PROJECT & DESIGN
GOKHAN AVCIOGLU & GAD
PROJECT TEAM
SCOTT BALTIMORE, OZAN ERTUG, NILUFER KARANFIL, MUGE TAN
BUILDING TYPE
URBAN PLANNING, EXPERIMENTAL, LEISURE, RETAIL, PUBLIC
CONSTRUCTION AREA
22.100 m2
PROJECT SITE AREA
11.200 m2
YEAR
2010
STATUS
STUDY
AWARDS
2012 URBAN REGENERATION AND MASTER PLANNING AWARD FOR GDKP, MIPIM AR FUTURE PROJECT AWARDS
GDKP is a proposal for a contemporary solution to one of the oldest building typologies- the bazaar. The bazaar is a fundamental component of Istanbul life and culture, and this proposal seeks to reinvent the bazaar, studying the core principals of the bazaar, and the way in which fundamental architectural forms may be combined and multiplied in new ways.

Conceptually, the GDKP proposal begins with a simple structural grid, which is distorted and adapted to the parameters of this particular site. Historic buildings are preserved, and available land is developed as sellable retail space. The result is a system of components that stacks & grows as allowed by the parameters of the site. The intention is that this system, as tested by one particular scenario, could be adapted and multiplied in a number of different locations in the city.  

The arch serves as the elemental form in this proposal, and is combined and multiplied to arrive at an unpredictably complex spatial organization. Green terraces and semi-open spaces fill the void between stacked modules. Wooden panels and colorful enclosures begin to define space, and the distinction between inside and outside is blurred. The result is something familiar, yet a new invention for a historic problem.  

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