Location: Istanbul (TU) Studio: Graduation project with prof. M. Riedijk, TuDelft Year: 2014
The project reinterprets the theme of historical gardens in Istanbul. Between the turmoil of Gezi Park and reflection of Paradise on earth, gardens in Ottoman culture were places that brought together different spheres of culture and production. Through overlapping the historical gardens with the lines of the aqueducts, it was possible to detect how gardens were converted through history into places of power, such as military barracks. Rami Kislasi, was the former garden of Vizier, then military barrack, and today stands completely abandoned in a logistical and manufactoring district of the city. By restoring a garden within the ruin of the barracks, the design proposes vocational schools and manufactories inspired by garden crafts (textile, wood, ceramic, metal and culinary arts) as a buffer zone between the factories of the neighboorhood and the ‘monumentum to the earth’ preserved inside the walls of the barracks. A tectonic roof inserted in the landscape covers a field of columns and courtyards, hinting both the architecture of the enclosed garden and the Romans cisterns of Costantinople. In this topographical field, rock formations revealed during excavation become traces of nature that form visual separations, while connecting the different manufactories through stairs and elevators. This humanized topography merges the spheres of architecture and landscape, grid and rocks, garden and nature, embodying the inevitable transformation of the garden into the seed of urbanization.