Biota is a concept of biology that defines the whole plant and animal life in a particular region or environment. The Golden Horn’s urbanisation history, cultural and social structure, transformation, ecological existence, and weathered value are addressed within the scope of the project; Biota has been used as a concept that meets with contemporary approaches of urban design, architecture, and landscape architecture.
There are few places to watch the many birds that visit the Golden Horn on their migration route through Istanbul. The new wetland and bird-watching point from which the birds can be observed is proposed in Sütlüce, the most ecologically significant part of the Golden Horn.
Different types of artificial reefs, placed in accordance with the depth and recreation intensity of the Golden Horn, are designed to serve as magnets that attract zooplankton, in turn increasing fish diversity and attracting native and migratory birds to the Golden Horn.
A spatial transportation system is proposed in the project area to allow people better access in and around Halic, which currently has a weak transportation link with the opposite shore of the Golden Horn.
The applicability of all these suggestions developed for the project area across the Golden Horn is suggested as the first stage of a strategic transformation model to be launched in Sütlüce as a pilot region.
Car traffic is a major issue in Istanbul both for environmental reasons and for the quality of urban life. The Haliç area has significant potential for the alternative use of sea transportation on the calm and shallow waters of the Golden Horn. Taking inspiration from the historic ferry structures of the 1920-61 period, Floating Bridges proposes a sustainable transportation system throughout the Golden Horn, while also acting as a stage for open-air cinema, theatre, and street players to contribute to the urban life of the coastline. The scaffolding structure answers transportation needs with a low carbon footprint and offers its users a panoramic journey.
In connection with Floating Bridges, the Viewing Piers form part of this system that reframes transportation while creating new spaces for performing arts. When the floating bridges are not connected, the piers offer panoramic views of the Golden Horn to visitors in the foyer of the amphitheatre. When the floating bridges or mobile stage modules are connected to the land, a structural and spatial integrity is achieved, unifying the different elements. As the viewing platforms open up to the panorama of the Golden Horn, they become areas for various performances to take place during the festival periods.
Spontaneous, amateur and professional theatres, halls and stages with many performing arts of different scales have been lost over the years in Istanbul. These are spaces where Istanbul residents can come together to laugh and cry; meeting spaces where mutual understanding can develop. The proposed travelling stages, in conjunction with floating bridges and viewing piers, aim to open spaces where city residents can come together on a community scale through performing arts.
Solar fields are systems that are placed on existing car parks and used in open areas, developed to meet the energy needs of the area. Shading elements prevent the ground below from becoming unusable due to intense heat, instead capturing this solar energy to be used for the maintenance and lighting of car parks, transforming them into self-sufficient spaces.