Floating modules on Izmir’s waterfront

The project aims to act as a link between the city and the water, dissolving the rigid limit that is currently separating them. Thus, the combination of floating modules creates new scenarios in which daily social activities can be developed.

“In developing countries such as Turkey, a majority of design and planning decisions are made through top-down directives, primarily attempting to leverage political campaigns. ‘These choices lead to ostentatious ‘mega’ projects that are usually impossibly big to be designed well. We believe in working at the opposite end of the spectrum: thinking in small scale and making local decisions,’ says Iyiofis. Adopting this principle, the Istanbul-based studio has developed a project that commences with the thesis: ‘micro manifesto for micro urbanism: think micro’ ”.

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“Through workshops conducted with Izmir University of Economics architecture students, the studio identified various ways, means and durations of use, as well as materials utilized throughout the coast of Izmir (focusing on a section from Göztepe to Kordon). The studies produced proposals suggesting a variety of uses with great potential that are usually overlooked in at larger proportions”.

About the generic shorelines of Turkey, the authors said: “What is interesting for us is, all of these infill areas interact with the sea in exactly the same manner. The typical section for these parks is applied without any variation throughout Turkey. This typical section creates a 1.5 meter high step from the sea. This height which won’t allow for an easy step down disables any physical access to the water”.

“The chosen work aims to introduce a variety of uses to the shoreline by creating specialized dock-modules floating on the water. These units extending into the sea suggest an organically developing, physical relationship with the ocean, challenging the conventional and rather monotonous relationship with the urban coastlines of the country”.

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“The multi-functional construct is an easily assembled, lightweight, and cheap alternative for design and production of public space. Each of the constituent platforms measure 4 sqm and can be extended or added to one another”.

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