Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.
Yenikapı Transfer Point and Archaeo-park Area in Istanbul, Turkey by Mecanoo architecten
April 29th, 2012 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: Mecanoo architecten
Yenikapı, ‘New Gate’, will become a railroad and maritime transfer centre in Istanbul that connects Europe with Asia, as well as the inner city with the surrounding megapolis and the rest of the country. Mecanoo architecten, in cooperation with local partner Cafer Bozkurt Architecture, designs the new gateway of 52,000 m², which will be a vital strategic intersection point handling 1.7 million people on a daily basis. Sitting on top of excavations that have changed the known history of Ancient Istanbul as an urban centre, Yenikapı will also host an Archaeo-Park with a museum and city archive of 36,000 m². The total area of the site is 27.7 ha and includes public space and several parks.
Mecanoo’s urban and design vision integrates Yenikapı with its surroundings in the city and acts as an attraction point where the archaeological findings, significant for world history and cultural heritage, can be showcased. Excavations undertaken during the application of the transportation projects, unearthed both the remains of 35 ancient ships of the world’s largest fleet collection and 8,500-year-old settlements of first Neolithic age. Currently, Mecanoo/Cafer Bozkurt, is participating in monthly workshops with Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality to work on the final design.
Railroad and maritime transfer center of 52,000 m² and Archaeo-Park Area of 36,000 m² with a museum and city archive Total area of the site is 27.7 ha and includes public space and several parks.
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