Istanbul, Șișhane Park, Sanalarc,
Șișhane Park is a bold shift regarding the public spaces in the center of Istanbul. The site used to be a park with a fire station that was connected to the water front before the road with a heavy traffic was built in the 70s. With reference to that, the geometry of Șișhane Park is carefully crafted to give a 360 view of Istanbul’s past and future urban cultures. The twelve-meter level difference from the upper urban entry to the lower under-pass road edge was taken as a chance of creating terraces. The design intention is to re-engage residents and visitors into the natural qualities of that unique urban environment as an alternative public space. It is defined by three main features: the silhouette walk, the decks and the outdoor room. Șișhane Park has a multi-modal service both to the public and private transportation of Istanbul. The market place, on the other hand, will be a mix of services, retail and cultural platforms. The design’s aim in Șișhane Park is to form a gateway to Galata and to the other districts of Beyoglu as well as a link to the social life of Kasimpasa.