peak of sinan
the new grounds of the city
even though istanbul and bosphorus have this extraordinary charming effect on people especially, at first sight, we can easily say that it could not be compared to any epic fairy-tale-land illustrations of bosphorus from the last two centuries. “the peak” aims to greet this, to commemorate a unique person of history, “great architect Sinan” who has designed a magnificent amount of buildings around the world, and especially in istanbul, that has changed the way of understanding and maintaining the city and its culture. even today, architects are learning from his works. this “legacy of Sinan” has created a valuable history and topography for the city that strengthened the epic silhouette for centuries. in that manner, “the peak” seeks a new public ground for the city, which shapes a unique sculptural topography and experience in between the coastal line and the urban square of üsküdar, as the eighth hill of istanbul in the respect for the signature vision of Sinan.
through the looking-glass: in the sixteenth century, üsküdar was one of the only four main districts of istanbul, which hold the anatolian side of bosphorus. the area had a common public image as a departure and endpoint for travels to and fro the east and beyond. it was relatively small, and famous for its cypress groves and cemeteries.
“mihrimah sultan mosque” has designated the appearance of the district for nearly five centuries along with “semsi pasha mosque”. This might still be the issue, although nature yielded itself predominantly into an extensive concrete agglomeration especially and only after intensive urban transformations of the last five decades.
how can we create an experience and a memorial space that commemorate sinan the great, and sustain his legacy with an advanced urban intervention and natural environment?
an urban ground, a new gravitational point for üsküdar, which is referring the major buildings of Sinan in üsküdar, called "sinan triangle". taking place in the central core of the pedestrian movement, connecting both sides of the road, and become a starting point of a pedestrianized environment.
peak of sinan
breaking into the modular geometric pieces, the “sinan triangle” accommodates a systematically designable urban tissue. first, strengthening the identity of the square into a centralized geometry, by ascending on both nodes; the coastal edge, underlines the “memorial of sinan” -the peak-, other one covers the marmaray exit.
memories of sinan
every pillar of the structure, which
emerges from the geometric center of
the triangle modules indicate the works of Sinan, piece by piece, forming the lighting system of the public space. the pillars intensify accordingly to support structurally and also
create guidance over the ground.
memories of sinan
while the upper part is a reflection of the works of Sinan, in the underground of the square, every pillar
touching the works of sinan, becomes an experimental fluid memorial space, which is creating a strong
visual connection directly and the
reflections of the ceiling, behaving
like a mesmerizing kaleidoscope.
a growing memorial
every public square is producing its gravitation with different inputs
and strategies. “sinan triangle” has a linear garden at the heart, which hosts its visitors with a breeze in summer and shelters for rainy days. natural life will thrive at the center and with the support of a sustainable grow forever system.
sinan triangle specifies a square that invigorates the pedestrian flow with a focal point and forms a new section in relation to uskudar coastline, creating a junction point that takes the heat off of pedestrians joggling between the water and heavy transportation.
an urban transformation strategy that holds pedestrian movement and comfort at the heart of its core and integrating public space, public transportation, waterfront, and green areas with an essential, human-scaled square which also behaves as the main distribution place and is out for forming a literal relation in respect to the sinan triangle. a sculptural gathering point, which is also the starting point of the city’s healing process.
the greenery around marmaray is enriched and extended to the city center with directing tree lanes defining smaller transition squares, especially around the mosques and the bazaar. the vehicle traffic is slowed down and no stationary bus, minibus, and taxi stop but only as stopovers around mihrimah. a u-turn station is proposed on the southwest of the project area if deemed extremely necessary. it is left to the user to create new shortcuts if needed in time.
in respect to the great architect and create awareness of his oeuvre, a simple triangle ascends as a sculptural public square to emphasize the virtual relation among the buildings, and it is to be dedicated to great sinan recognizing his key approaches to architecture and urban planning.
the triangle square derives from the prominent guiding lines of these three structures, referring to one another, and whirls itself into a slightly curved soaring plain especially with the intersecting winds that blow over “semsi ahmed pasha mosque”, and carved into a naturally sharpened point, which is also a symbolic gesture to the meaning of great architect’s name, grounding from several urban legends that hover over “mihrimah sultan mosque” as well as others, about how he values his clients’ names or vivid characters and reflect them in a metaphorical way of form, light, and solid void relation, etc. in his buildings. “the peak” generates a two-layered frame interrelated the waterfront and also the urban fabric,
the works of sinan are abstracted with the load-bearing units of the square, -the spread slim pillars-, lighting up the square and creating a memorial underneath, a cavernous space in connection with the bosphorus and the peninsula, including most important projects of sinan installed specific to their location.
the triangle square explodes into its bits and pieces of smaller triangle modules and extends back to dissolve into distinctive urban elements, from seating elements to lighting and kiosks, playground elements to ticket sales and info nodes, spreading around the square, creating a new urban identity with an invisible connective mesh and integrating green areas, urban parks, transportation nodes, transition squares, and architects’ triangulated buildings with a smooth circulation and service priority of pedestrians.
once become a sub-suggestion of the peak and thus the memorial space of the great sinan, triangle modules start acting as natural and collective reminders of the architect and his architectural oeuvre and blends itself into the urban fabric of üsküdar, finding every possible angle and potential of giving hints about the history of the city and the beloved architect and his traces while maintaining the comfort and needs of its users.
from macro to micro scale, triangles become the modular action pieces of the square; pods for trees, benches to rest, shades for bus stops...etc, and most importantly a remembrance and a celebration for the canonized buildings of sinan, transformed into poetry of light, dissolving in the misty days and nights of istanbul.
movie nights, live events
water and mist plays&shows
product displays, art fairs
the potential fun