Divan Kurucesme

PrizeHonorable Mention in Architectural Design / Restoration & Renovation
Firm LocationISTANBUL, Turkey
CompanyGAD Architecture

The Divan Kurucesme has located in the Kurucesme district of Istanbul, Turkey which is the city’s most prominent topographic feature of the city identity. The architectural strategy subtly introduced a new language for a seaside site, drawing references to the existing historic fabric of stone retaining walls, terraces, vaults, and arches belonging to a pair of no longer existing Bosphorus yali or mansions. The design for the Divan Kurucesme had to factor in the historical importance of the Bosphorus while also providing a contemporary setting for events in terms of space and functionality.