A New Type of Marketplace.
In collaboration with Zabie Mustafa
In the midst of crowded alleyways, vendors set up shop with only a temporal sheet as a roofing element. The sheet is draped over the shop to protect both goods and people from direct sunlight and rain.
This fundamental study of the classical market structure led to understanding prevalence and relevance within the urban void. The spatial concept for the market was conceived as an extension of the streets and municipal voids onto the site of the building, inspiring the dimensional model for the new marketplace.
The building provides the city with a place of gathering, contemplation and conversation. Composed of a variety of spaces that give identity to Istanbul’s culture and citizens, the structure holds as a multi-functional space. Through its carved archways the ground floor draws you into an inspiring space full of vibrancy and activity, exuding energy throughout the structure, a space that immediately takes you towards and through its variety of vendors.
Concept sketches through which the spatial idea of the project came to be. The idea was inspired by traditional souks or street markets.
The ground floor of the marketplace features an urban promenade, which is inspired by traditional Turkish souks, yet contains contemporary boutique-like stores, supporting the fashion forward urbanite and the day-to-day individual. The marketplace provides a platform for various activity, including social events, fashion shows, and cultural gatherings.
The second floor illustrates the significance of nature as visitors are sensibly enticed through aesthetically pleasing natural elements that add a surprising component to the building. This is essential to reiterating the important balance between nature and man-made design.
Nearby estates embrace lush green landscapes, containing trees and gardens, which inspired the integration of a garden into the building to respectively initiate an ode to nature. The neighboring buildings on both the northern and eastern side contain gates that created boundaries of their respective property line. In adopting this notion of a spatial veil, walls were extended in height to create a large outdoor room, holding the garden above as it becomes a surprising element while creating privacy from the street.
First Floor Plan
Second Floor Plan
The building is accessible through two entry points, an elliptical space located through the northern façade and a tunnel-like hall, located in the eastern wing, welcoming people inside. The marketplace is consumed with an overlaying concrete, fabric ceiling that drapes over the urban promenade forming high ceilings reaching 30 feet, where local vendors set up shop to distribute goods found in most traditional bazaars, such as, spices, fabrics and other local treasures unique to Istanbul. Being that the ceiling is suspended between opposing masses, the sky is opened into the building, inviting natural ambient lighting to enter the ground floor, enticing visitors to peek up and follow plants moving towards the public garden. Also found in the urban promenade are restaurants and food vendors, enriching the visitors experience through taste, aroma and visual sensations.
Throughout the day-time the marketplace buzzes as a flourishing location for business and becomes a monumental venue for events in the evening, transforming into an innovative site for countless occasions. The site for the market transforms an urban promenade with two worlds stacked atop one another. On the ground floor the liveliness of the market extends itself throughout, while on the second floor a suspended yard holds an opulent garden with public amenities, serving the metropolitan area of Istanbul and catering to the needs of its citizens.