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  • Arc de celerité, Istanbul

    Lenka PETRÁKOVÁ & Arpapan CHANTANAKAJORNFUNG, "Arc de celerité, Istanbul."
    vienna AUSTRIA

    University of Applied Arts, Vienna
    Studio Hani Rashid
    critic: Hani RASHID.

    suckerPUNCH: Describe your project.

    Lenka PETRÁKOVÁ & Arpapan CHANTANAKAJORNFUNG: Istanbul, as a cross road between Europe and Asia, is one of the most important meeting points for trade, transport and tourism. . . .

    Über_Port: Future Transport Hub in Istanbul
    Istanbul as a cross road between Europe and Asia is one of the most important meeting points for trade, transport and tourism. Over the last years it has been changing to become the biggest transport node in the world. The train station “Arc de celerité” is the last segment of infrastructure connecting Asia and Europe. Within this transportation hub one can change smoothly to the global, regional and local trains as well as sea and air transport routes. Constant circulation is guaranteed by moving platforms that are being attached to the never stopping train. With this temporary connection the waiting periods at the station are being reduced to a minimum. By this unique system of constant movement, Istanbul is gaining energy not only for the hub itself but for the entire city, producing 20 percent of the energy consumed each year.

    “Arc de celerité” is not only the gateway to Europe, but as a result of its location it is the gateway to the heart of the old city of Istanbul. The train station accommodates a shopping mall, hotel and sea port. All these programs are penetrated by the public spaces and greenery which runs along the entire 3 km of the building, binding the station to the city.

    sP: What or who influenced this project?
    LP & AC: Hani Rashid, Reiner Zettl, Brian Deluna, Jörg Hugo, and Sophie Luger.

    sP: What were you reading/listening to/watching while developing this project?
    LP & AC: N/A.

    sP: Whose work is currently on your radar?
    LP & AC: David Ruy, Iris van Herpen, Michael Hansmeyer, and Asymptote Architecture.

    Additional credits and links:
    [Studio Hani Rashid]

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