GAD architecture’s shipping container trumpe cadde comercial center
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atop the trump tower in mecidiyeköy, istanbul, international studio GAD architecture created a miniature master plan utilizing modular shipping containers and terraces. organized over two levels, a series of paths of different sizes cut through and organize the individual structures housing 25 carefully-chosen commercial units and gardens, likened to a modern-day bazaar. structures are characterized by highly interactive facades exercising solid/void relationships. they can be entirely closed off or open, becoming part of a trajectory through the site. periodical gardens and sitting areas offer moments of pause and expand the social function of the project. a matrix of energy, waste, and products is carefully managed on-site to become as energy efficient as possible- passive systems are heavily utilized to allow the metal-frame structures to adapt to various weather conditions.