Photos courtesy of Reşad Çoban, Osman Çilsal, Murat Şanal, olivee.com
Located between the southwestern edge of Beyoglu and Tarlabasi Road, Sishane Park is an inviting spot in the center of İstanbul. As an urban park, underground car parking and multimodal transit hub the area is envisioned as a gateway to Galata and link to the social life of adjoining districts. As a key element to revitalize public spaces and create vital social life, the park is a bold yet not an ostentatious urban design. The sensitive and qualified articulation of the geometry, delicate landscape elements with native greenery promises to animate the infamous spontaneous urban scenery and create tangible transformation in the neighborhood.
The spatial composition is encouraging to spend time there with the sweeping views and flora of the Golden Horn surrounded by a unique historical site. The park creates a large space for cultural programing and social encounters with its ‘the outdoor room’, ‘the silhouette ramps’, native greenery landscape features; besides a multi-modal transit hub with parking. For Istanbul it has become an inspiring node for personal expressions, relaxation on reclined decks, gathering, playing as a group and intimate ambiances on different sets. Seasonal change, day to night ambiances, choreography of the sun, the theater of city center, cultural events and the spontaneity of different people enjoying the amenities are intended to allow familiar but nurturing urban experiences.