A triology for urban regeneration in west Karaköy

An Exhibition at Leibniz University Hanover, July 2011

Senior Researcher and author of following informations:

Assist. Prof. Dr. Dilek Yildiz, Dep. of Architecture, Istanbul Technical University

The exhibition shows the results of design studio projects performed in West Karaköy along Istanbul’s Golden Horn.
The projects were developed by sixth semester students from Architecture Department of Istanbul Technical University and two Erasmus exchange students. The aim of the design studio was to generate projects to revitalize and redevelop the area of West Karaköy.

The Exhibition

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Three examples of student projects

Making stepped from Galata Tower to Golden Horn


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This project is located in the middle of the whole area and its aim is to create a transition and communication point between the old historical part and the area which is recently being constructed around the new metro bridge. A cultural-public function which is a museum exhibiting materials about Golden Horn in a retrospective manner is considered to be appropriate at this location. After analyzing the stepping-cascading nature of the section-silhouette from Galata Tower to the Golden Horn, the main idea of keeping that skyline continue and interpreting it in a new, modern way for the design of new building had been developed. For this purpose it created stepped masses and spaces around a main public square in the heart of the building. It also reconstructed the shoreline by an open-air theatre.

Routes MIXED versus routes SEPERATED

Moira Rodriguez COSTA
Francisco Ferrandez ALACID

Circulation patterns are the main starting for this project. Cars, buses, trams and pedestrians, their routes are all mixed up into each other and this caused a chaotic and noisy environment. In order to make a calm and quiet environment, new routes have been searched. The routes of workers (local business owners), quickers (people who goes there for a specific purpose), slowers (tourists) are defined separately. Meanwhile main pedestrian axes which provide links to the urban grid are emphasized.

New buildings are proposed on the west and old/historic buildings on the east are protected and renewed. Inland water areas were created on the new constructions’ area on the west and small public spaces were created in dense historic fabric of east. Proposed new buildings were the barriers to pollution and noise coming from the main road. The project defined the green areas and swimming pool on the shoreline in close contact with Golden Horn and also changed the location and direction of existing ferry station. It created strong connections with the city by means of the axis which were kept continues from the city texture till to Golden Horn.

Climb up the PARKOUR; then stand and watch PAST and PRESENT


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The intention is to design a new museum of Golden Horn which is considered to be a landmark-icon building on the shoreline of Karaköy which can be a connection point of past and present. The building itself is comprising a new public route-parkour with ramps and staircases for the purpose of enabling people to perceive Golden Horn on different levels. The purpose is to use the potentials of shoreline area in an effective way. This new route is also around a main public outdoor space and on the edge of Golden Horn. Getting the sea into the hinterland area, the building has a close contact to the sea.