The Golden Horn Library

PrizeHonorable Mention in Architectural Design / Institutional Architecture
Firm LocationIstanbul, Turkey
Project locationIstanbul, Turkey
CompanyAytac Architects
Lead ArchitectAlper Aytac
Design TeamHanse Yalcinkaya, Liying Wang, Gulsen Aytac (landscape)

The Golden Horn Library was conceived almost like a floating “Turkish carpet” shaped by the context. The axiality of the seven hills pointing towards the Galata Tower formed the roofscape. The three prominent hills that have clear visual contact created the roofscape that house all the library and learning center functions. The rest of the hills which are farther away and have less visual contact helped the building make a smooth transition with the landscape functioning almost like a plinth acting as an intermediary public area between the inside and outside.