Besiktas Fish Market by GAD

November 30, 2008

Global Architectural Development (GAD) designed the new fish market in the Besiktas district of Istanbul, Turkey.

From GAD:

Located in one of Istanbul’s most populated and diverse neighborhoods, Besiktas is an eclectic area with a village-like atmosphere that is in the process of urban renewal.

The Besiktas Fish Market is located on a triangular site. It is an iconic venue where many locals and visitors buy fresh fish daily. The construction of the old fish market was in very poor shape and needed to be replaced.

The design solution was to maintain its iconic neighborhood presence, while also reaffirming its welcoming feeling. GAD designed a triangular shaped concrete shell covering the entire site with large openings at street level. The concrete shell provides a column-free interior space, optimizing the project’s programmatic needs. The new design injects a contemporary and pragmatic solution, at once preserving the fish market’s history.

Visit the website of Global Architectural Development (GAD) – here.

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The Chestnut Residence by Dan Heinfeld

November 29, 2008

It’s always interesting to see the houses that architects design for themselves, and for Dan Heinfeld, president of LPA Architects, his goal was not only to build a beautiful and liveable home, but also a sustainable one.

The two-story, four-bedroom, four-bathroom house is located in Newport Beach, California, where Heinfeld lives with his wife and daughter. Heinfeld’s efforts towards building a sustainable home are found in such features as the use of recycled materials, VOC-free paint throughout, sensors that turn off lights when nobody is in the room, and solar panels on the roof. The contemporary home also takes advantage of the California climate by opening itself up to increase air flow and to make use of natural light, while providing the enjoyable experience of seamless indoor/outdoor living around a central courtyard.

Visit LPA Architects – here.

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