Mark 04-2009

A roof for a 320 m' fish market: you can’t get a much Simpler design statement than that. Simple questions demand simple answers, thought Gökhan Avcioglu at GAD architecture. And so he designed the roof in the shape of a shellfish. In terms of construction. it was also a practical choice, says Avcioglu: 'The sturdy Shell provides a column-free interior space, optioning the usable floor area.' Nature makes sparing use of amiable building materials.

The market is situated in Besiktas, one of Istanbul's 27 districts and best-known out of Turkey for its local football club Besiktas JK. It's one of the
most densely populated and diverse areas of the city. eclectic and hectic  yet with a village-like atmosphere. 'Throughout the day. it's bustling with people; says Avcioglu 'as many locals and visitors buy fresh fish and produce.'

The interior consists  of six display sections of various sizes. The stainless steel display cases were handcrafted by local manufacturers For the lighting system, Avcioglu opted for a tried and tested solution: 150 watt Edison light bulbs hang above the shining fish, common for all fish markets in Istanbul