Having spent much time in Istanbul over the past year or so, certainly one of my own favourite cities, I am fascinated to see this design for one of Istanbul’s current architecture competitions.
Norwegian practice Superunion Architects have created an entry for the Istanbul Disaster Prevention And Education Center competition. Located in a void between the city and airport, the site has no historical or contemporary significance. The flat surface seemed to be lacking community and definition which is why the architecture firm decided to create a building that bordered on art.Loosely based on the ‘Atlas’ statue by Lee Lawrie, the dark horizontal form is elevated on individual elements, one of which is a gold statue of a male figure. This represents mankind and the importance of supporting the collective science. The floating monolith is sealing and protecting the knowledge and learning needed for preventing future disasters.
Underneath, a public park creates a community space. the garden has greenery and fountains to bring a natural element to the surrounding area while the shade from the structure above provides cooling and shelter.