Istanbul’s Taksim Square features sculptural gate by GAD Architecture

Istanbul and New York based architectural practice GAD Architecture has designed a modular sculptural installation  in Istanbul’s famous Taksim Square during Istanbul Design Week. GAD Architecture has developed a highly experimental approach, which led the practice to embrace the latest technological advancements. The archtiects used  Stefan Wolfram’s software “Mathematica”, 3D printing technology that played a crucial role in the conception and design process of the Serra Gate, where the final geometry has been converted into urban furniture. The installation features lightweight steel horizontal bearers and vertical panels that amplify the focal point of the gate.

SerraGate by GAD Architecture ©AlpEren

SerraGate by GAD Architecture ©AlpEren

Serra Gate by GAD Architecture©AlpEren

Serra Gate by GAD Architecture ©AlpEren

The form and structure of Serra Gate is inspired and designed  by the work of the American minimalist sculptor Richard Serra, known for his ground-breaking sculptures, which explore the exchange between artwork, site, and viewer. Serra Gate is primarily defined as a piece of construction where structural pieces have an artistic value in their nature.  As Gokhan Avcioglu, Principal at GAD Architecture said ‘Serra Gate will make the residents of Istanbul question how public spaces have been defined by urban interventions.’

Serra Gate by GAD Architecture©AlpEren

Serra Gate by GAD Architecture©AlpEren

Serra Gate by GAD Architecture ©AlpEren

Serra Gate by GAD Architecture ©AlpEren

Serra Gate was first exhibited in 2013 in the courtyard outside the Esma Sultan, a historic building located on the shores of the Bosphorus in Istanbul and also renovated by GAD Architecture & Gokhan Avcioglu in 2000. The installation’s next destination will be Halic Port and it is planned to be featured in different neighborhoods in Istanbul throughout 2015.

 


One Response to “Istanbul’s Taksim Square features sculptural gate by GAD Architecture”

  1. Joana Filipe says:

    Architects doing sculpture, inspired by Richard Serra’s work, (…) that will ‘make the residents of Istambul question public intervention’ in Taksim Square. #fail

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