Ayazaga Cultural CenterEdit profile
The site is located near the largest business district in Istanbul, Turkey. The site has a total area of 62.000 sqm.
The concept design of the project which has 160.000 sqm area will service the residents of Istanbul as being the largest cultural center in the city. The execution projects of Ayazaga Cultural Center are being performed and project management services will also be undertaken by ERA.
The project is situated on a site with three historical buildings. Ayazaga Cultural Center will be a mixed use building including a 6000 person multi-purpose concert hall, a 1000 person symphony hall, an architectural museum and conference space, meeting rooms, art galleries, offices, restaurants, cafes, shopping units (books, music, painting etc.), dance studios and underground parking designed for 1200 cars.
The building program is organized in order to reconcilate the site’s damaged topography. Historical buildings are made accessible with functions which compliment the surrounding natural environment.
Functions such as the multi-purpose concert hall, symphony hall and car parking are placed under +67.50 level to minimize their effects on the green landscape. Above +67.50 level, offices and workshops have full views over the woods and surrounding green areas.The spaces between +57.50 and +62.50 are defined as art galleries, studios, music shops, bookstores, a yoga centre, various cultural retail units and dinning areas.
Terraced blocks which accommodate meetings and educational facilities are placed above the culture-shopping facilities. This glazed block defines the visual limits of the intervention.
Three semi-public squares are proposed on the ground and first floors of the center. The first square on the +57.50 level is adjacent to Cinili Kosk (Tiled Mansion) and helps restore the natural environment of the historic building while a second square acts mainly as a connection between the the two concert halls and museum.The squares are connected with hard landscape and provide striking vistas toward the natural backdrop.
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