suckerPUNCH: Describe your project.
joseph HOFMARCHER, rangel KARAIVANOV, jurgen STROHMAYER, siim TUKSAM: Sitting at a high point of the Bosphorus valley, Levent Vertical Mass responds to the urban context of the Istanbul metropolis at large by integrating the high velocity axes of the Golden Horn highways and contextualizing views to the old city. The building’s urban scale ceiling facade is oriented towards the boulevard of Levent, characterized by commercial high-rise buildings, as well as the adjacent valley neighborhood.
The plaza below this facade is activated by the visual continuity of the vertical circulation arc: users move from the plaza through an arcaded vertical garden into the lobby spaces at 25m and 35m. The vertical garden occupies one of the three landed masses and spills into the central plaza meeting semi-programmed surfaces (open air theatres, parks). These surfaces react to the civic program housed in the two other masses that touch the ground.
The Levent Performing Arts Center makes the building a unique attraction in Istanbul that is experienced through torus-shaped voids and supple forms. Civic program (e.g. the Concert Hall) is situated in the feet of the building mass. Adjacent program and circulation is pulled around the torus voids into the central mixing space and on top of its roof creating articulated orientations of the voids and the opportunity for intense programmatic and formal interaction. Complex spatial adjacencies are created by organizing program and surfaces into irreducible forms negotiating organic internal logics with the urban concept of the project.
Hotel, office, and condominium floor plates are housed in three sinuous masses sitting on top of the Levent Performing Arts Center. The space between these masses and the civic program below houses lobbies that create intense hyperspaces folding the relations of massive surfaces, program, and elevated views across the city and into the torus voids of the building.
sP: What or who influenced this project?
jH, rK, jS, & sT: Istanbul, Greg Lynn, Claude Nicolas Ledoux, Alison & Peter Smithson, Mimar Sinan, critical perspectives on Orientalism.
sP: What were you reading/listening to/watching while developing this project?
jH, rK, jS, & sT: Delerious New York, SMLXL (OMA), New City (Imaginary Forces/GLForm), Requiem: For the City at the End of the Millennium (Kwinter), Ajukaja, Deerhoof, The Knife, Arrested Development, Blade Runner.
sP: Whose work is currently on your radar?
jH, rK, jS, & sT: Cmmnwlth, Atwood, Testa/Weiser, Synthesis Design & Architecture, David Adjaye, blublu.org, Marina Abramovic, Gunnar Asplund.