suckerPUNCH: describe your project.
emrah CETINKAYA: Art has a great role in showing what happens in human beings’ life. Soul, intelligence and the emotions are the reflections of the community, and Art forms the social identities of communities. It also shows us the difference between the various social identities. Global influences effect the types of knowledge acquisitions or the social values in the art, and the artists determine the standards of modern life.
Thus, art centers have many roles beside their fundamental functions that should be participant, shared with society and create a modern level in connection between the citizens and the artists’ works. This concept is the key criteria for the Izmir Opera House Project. The project should be reflecting the history, the culture and the modern life in Izmir, furthermore it should be an identity for the city of Izmir.
And competition area also allows us to create an identification or a symbol for a city that because the area can be seen clearly from near surroundings and specially from sea side areas. This situation came to the forefront. So we considered important in it.
Izmir opera house has been designed for being a symbol for izmir. In this way, we thought that izmir will be a center of attraction and also first recognizable preparation place for all domestic and foreign tourists.
We also designed areas and places like playgrounds or amphitheatres for cultural activities, artistic performances, open air concerts, celebrations in surrounding areas of opera house. With all these recreation areas we thought that opera house will be meeting and connection point between the citizens, art and the artists’ works. These places which support opera house’s organizations and also can be used separately. In this way, the whole areas and functions can be live day and night.
Opera house’s functional areas has been designed according to conditions and environmental analysis like perceptual data’s, vista areas, vehicular and pedestrian areas, functional connections and meteorological factors. In this context, we have started to design an urban art dome that we call Artistic Foyer. The urban power effects the functional system, and the functional system defines the artistic foyer. As a result, all these things together create a parametric topography which forming the dome.
sP: what or who influenced this project?
eC: Curvature-calligraphic lines of all nature such as human anatomies, typographical geometries or organisms of nature.
sP: what were you reading/listening to/watching while developing this project?
eC: We love to listen or play music during this project like every design offices. But mostly we try to listen to fast music because other ones such as slow or classical music makes us relax and out of focus.
We watched “the making of transformers 1 or 2 “ because everytime we watched that thing michael bay and his crew inspired us very much.
sP: whose work is currently on your radar?
eC: There are too many people and too many kind of design style to talk about but at this moment we love biome and the other mercedes-benz designs very much.