bostanlı footbridge and bostanlı sunset lounge have been designed by studio evren başbuğ architects as part of the ‘karşıkıyı’ concept created for the ‘i̇zmirsea’ coastal regeneration project in turkey. positioned in close proximity and aesthetically referencing each other, the two interventions are located on the point at which bostanlı creek flows into the bay, a favorite public attraction spot in karşıyaka, i̇zmir.

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the interventions are part of the ‘i̇zmirsea’ coastal regeneration project in turkey

 

 

in alignment with the masterplan decisions of the ‘karşıkıyı’ concept, the bostanlı footbridge was proposed to connect two sides of bostanlı creek, thus completing a missing piece of the continuous coastal promenade. with its slightly bow shaped longitudinal-section and specially designed girder geometry, the bridge allows the passage of small boats underneath and provides access to the floating pontoon located in the creek.

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the footbridge connects the two sides of bostanlı creek

 

 

the new structure has been designed with an asymmetrical cross-section, formed by several cascading thermo-wood surfaces installed on a steel frame which allow users to enjoy the view of the bay either sitting or sprawling. in this way, the bridge goes beyond being an infrastructural urban element which is solely used for transport, and defines a public leisure and attraction point in a sensitive relation with its environment.


the bridge goes beyond being an infrastructural urban element which is solely used for transport

 

 

the accompanying ‘bostanlı sunset lounge’, which lays on one of the few coastal fragments facing directly west in karşıyaka, is a set of similar thermo-wood covered platforms which form an inviting urban surface. the simplicity and fluidity of the surface geometry is intended to encourage visitors to experience a more direct relationship with the surrounding landscape.

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the surface geometry is intended to encourage visitors to experience a more direct relationship with the landscape

 

 

‘natural, independent, ingenuous and inclusive; both of the designs serve as genuine ‘counter-spaces’ in lefebvre’s terms’, explains studio evren başbuğ. ‘footbridge and sunset lounge, both promise a new urban space to experience different forms of ‘idleness’, by employing the social, geographical and historical backgrounds of this unique location. these new coastal interventions also fit perfectly with the ‘easy way of living’ vision established for the city of i̇zmir, by ‘i̇zmirsea’ coastal regeneration project.’


the bridge allows the passage of small boats underneath and provides access to the pontoon located in the creek

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bostanlı sunset lounge is composed of a set of similar thermo-wood covered platforms

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the volumes define a public leisure and attraction point in a sensitive relation with its environment


the structure has been designed with an asymmetrical cross-section


several cascading thermo-wood surfaces installed on a steel frame allow users to enjoy the view of the bay


the project aims to revitalize the waterfront area


diagram of the installation’s relationship to the setting sun


diagram

 

 

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