• Istanbul 2020: Culture and Sports Park

    Teoman AYAS, Istanbul 2020. Concept rendering.
    new haven CONNECTICUT

    Yale School of Architecture (YSOA)
    critics: Zaha HADID & Patrik SCHUMACHER

    suckerPUNCH: Describe your project.

    Teoman AYAS: The project started with physical model studies investigating material properties for shell and tensile structures. These studies were further analyzed in digital form down to a parameterized structural concept/system, which is the impetus behind the formal and spatial explorations for the final proposal.

    The hybridized system of perimeter compression shells and central tensile members take continues form while structurally complementing each other. The tensile members resolve into multiple inner rings articulating the position of the key program under the large span roof. The transition between the compression and the tensile members are further articulated with ETFE skin reinforcing the continuity between the two structural parts.

    The final design is a tennis stadia conceived as a part of an overall master plan developed with the entire studio for the 2020 Olympics in the candidate city Istanbul.

    sP: What or who influenced this project?
    TA: Saarinen and Arthur Metcalf’s short Fantaisie in Bubblewrap.

    sP: What were you reading/listening to/watching while developing this project?
    TA: I was watching to many Law & Order episodes.

    sP: Whose work is currently on your radar?
    Dist Architects (, Fields Studio (, Salon2 Architects (, Korfali Architectural Studio ( , all from Istanbul

    Additional credits and links:
    For all their help, special thanks to Lasha Brown, Simon Kim, and to Saffet Kaya Bekiroglu (

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    • Stuart and Nanette Gill Says:

      Fabulous project by Teoman Ayas, A Yale Architectural student whose design for the 2020 Olympics tennis complex would be stunning and draw people from around the world to Istanbul!!

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