AA ISTANBUL VISITING SCHOOL CRAFTED TOWER. 2011.
In collaboration with Yasmina Chami, Joanne Hayek and Zeina Koreitem.
Site. Located in a hybrid neighborhood in Istanbul, where there is no link among its different elements, slums, office towers and new residential complex. The tower merge in the surroundings like a parasite, anchors and link the different components of the site.
Program. The tower consists of public spaces stacked vertically, workshops, exhibition, playground, etc.
Intention. The structure originated from the Ottoman traditional pattern based on the pentagon: the deca pattern. The pentagon being an odd number, the tracing of the pattern always leads to unclosed loops, and a constant rotation along the way. The tower works as a 3D interpretation of the deca’pattern. The loops as slow and fast circulations, the in-between spaces as diamonds that take the shape of the structure, enclosed pockets for spaces to take place.