by 1/1 Landscape + Architecture as Landscape Architects - Thu, 10 May 2012
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In the centre of the city Edirne, in the vicinity of Selimiye Mosque, an urban meeting space is designed by linking historical places to support the city image. The remarkable landscape design in the meeting place is shaped with an open library and a performance area in order to contribute to the urban life. It is provided that the entagration of cultural activities and the area by its structure of Mimar Sinan Culture Centre, and the design area is thought as a focal point for culture and art activities. Two water mirrors are designed through the two sides of the Piazza formed on the entrance of historical Arasta-bazaar. These water mirrors reflects the Magnolia x Soulangeanas which are creates a supplemental / integrative effect with the historical Arasta building. The activities and the traces that comes from the urban life, transform the urban square to an interactive installation space, considering the thought of the fine arts play a more active and determining part on the urban life. Although the installation space creates a focal point, being with its own artists and observers, it respects the history and refrains from the historical atmosphere that comes from the Selimiye Mosque and spreads to whole town, and mixes with the spirit of the city. The observation platforms which are located on the green belt surrounding the square in front of the Selimiye Mosque, are built using a lightweight system and have two levels. Platforms let the visitors feel the historical place which they are located, with the senses of alternative way of observation and different scale. The tripod points on the platforms brings about a new view and vista point, and lead to the observation and recreational activities. The platforms serve the magical atmosphere of the place with a different sense of perception.
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