garden in the city
Project Type_Public Garden
School_Accademia di Architettura di Mendrisio
The project starts with a motto of ‘PLATFORM’ and develops around one single ‘IDEA’. The idea is to create an undulating platform that enables you to experience the beauty of the garden and city in different scales and elevations.
The site is located by Besiktas square , which is a dense urban environment in Istanbul,TURKEY. It is at the intersection of multiple transportation systems (bus, dolmus, ferry, tram). It is composed of two parts, which are separated by a road. Because of this road, two parts of the site are disconnected from each other. The idea is to connect these two parts of the site with an undulating platform that enables you to experience the beauty of the garden and city in different scales and elevations.
The idea of a garden and relationship to the nature have been really important in Islamic and Turkish culture. The gardens of the past were mostly in private buildings where it was only for the inhabitants of that building who can enjoy the beauty of a garden. Modern society has lost the meaning of a garden in a city. Public spaces of today are missing the sensual and intimate experience with nature. The garden in a city can create a buffer zone with its surrounding or an ‘oasis’ in an urban context.
Platform is an architectural element that can disconnect you from your existing world both physically and mentally. It puts you in a position where you can be isolated but also exposed to your surroundings at the same time. It can inhabit variety of spaces and experiences on one physical realm. The project starts with a motto of ‘platform’ and develops around one single idea.
The project consists of multiple circular gardens in different sizes with specific plants which creates a theme for each garden. The variable size of circular gardens enables a different level of intimacy with the nature and people around you.
The platform creates a promenade in the city where you can choose to isolate yourself from the city chaos and celebrate your relationship with nature and yourself, or join the crowd in bigger gardens where you can contribute to active public gardens through social interaction. Public garden also allows citizens to perform other collective activities, such as fruit picking, book clubs, yoga events or habitat clubs. It becomes an urban oasis in the city where the citizen can get away from all the chaos and distraction in their enviornment.