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.
Eco-Lifestyle Center in Istanbul, Turkey by Avcı Architects
August 17th, 2016 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: Avcı Architects
Sustainable retail and residential center by Avci Architects in Istanbul, aims to integrate the landscape with residentials and serve as an ‘Eco-Lifestyle Center’. A partially enclosed series of botanical gardens celebrates nature and biodiversity with harmoniously retail merging. The spatial experience showcases nature while focusing on being a timeless and sustainable concept that takes advantage of richness of the site and its unique position.
With its outstanding natural location and the vision that has driven the project to date, it is clear to see that the retail center has the potential to forge a new paradigm for development in Istanbul and set a new benchmark for sustainable retail and housing on the world stage.
Sustainability, as a practice and as a goal, is the key to unlocking the immense value now lying dormant at the neighborhood which is the natural wealt is unmistakable. Yet to unlock this potential and harness the power of nature, the project’s human activities must become part of the entire site’s natural ecosystem.
Though the retail center is the immediate issue at hand, the potential for true sustainability lies in creating a system of integrated resources throughout the ecosystem. If this one is to become a world-class sustainable retail and residential development, every decision must reflect a commitment to integrating sustainability’s Triple ‘E’s throughout the entire site. This, we believe, is the key to unlocking the site’s true potential.
To help guide this landmark project towards this aim, AVCIARCHITECTS has identified critical areas for study at both the retail center level and the site at large. This proposal aims to highlight some of the most important issues of concern, but it is clear that a full, analysis-based, integrated site strategy between residents, the forest, and the proposed consumer activities will be needed to unlock the immense value yet to be discovered at the retail center.
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