Eyup Municipality Marriage HallEdit profile
Established at time of the conquest, Eyup was Istanbul's first Ottoman Turkish settlement. The district is located beyond the city walls on the south bank of the Golden Horn. The Golden Horn, a horn-shaped estuary, divides European side of Istanbul. One of the best natural harbors in the world, the Byzantine and Ottoman navies and commercial shipping interests were centered here. With the neglect borne of a population explosion in the 1950's in Istanbul and ineffective zoning laws, the once pristine Golden Horn became a churning cesspool of grey city-sewage and industrial waste. Only in the 1980's did a much needed urban clean-up begin. Polluting factories were cleared and proper sewage needs met. Today, lovely parks and promenades line the shores. In the setting sun, the water shines a golden color. Since been cleaned up, it is a popular tourist attraction in Istanbul because of its history and beauty. The Marriage Hall project which was designed upon request of Eyup Municipality, has been considered as a kind of structural landscape component combining the level difference between the pedesterian way and the sea with a walking ramp on the waterfront of Golden Horn, in Eyup.With its composition that has been located between the platforms at different levels and its scenario that compose the various functions of marriage hall as the component of structural landscape as mentioned before, due to its user potential and the requirements program, the project has a special place among the cultural and public projects of EAA-Emre Arolat Architects.