January ‘14 / KADK / Copenhagen / Gürün Han Program Map
Even though Istanbul has reminiscent of Roman Architecture in its urban structure, the Old City is mainly characterised by medina-like quarters, with dense population and narrow maze-like streets. Roman plazas or public spaces for recreation and social interaction as known from european cities, are rare. Instead the narrow streets, the bazar, the markets, the turkish baths and the mosques all seem to incorporate aspects of recreation and social interactions.
The Galata Bridge, that primarily serves as an infrastructural construction, also embodies recreational and social functions. It has become a regular hangout place for local fishermen, who have developed site specific equipments that transform the upper deck of the bridge into a ideal fishing platform. Below the fishermen, restaurants and bars enjoy the scenery of fishlines and splashing fish going up and down.
The Gürün Han is a workspace and shopping mall located between the Spice Market and the Grand Bazar. Together with other malls in area, lying among several major tourist attractions, the Han primarily attracts locals. However most of the 2000 stores in the Gürün Han are empty.
But the Han has several interesting architectural features and presents a good possibility of further exploring the social and recreational qualities present at the bridge.
By introducing the peculiar to the conformity of the Han, I aim to work with creating spaces and structures that allow people interact with with the exiting building. Interactions that enables users to create their own situations, where they become the creator and user of the space, a so called ‘enacted environment’.