This project takes inspiration from the local Perşembe Pazarıtrade area of Istanbul, where suppliers and craftsmen have been providing nautical equipment to the local fishermen for centuries. Clusters of ropes, cables, and fishing nets sold on the streets create an environment of density, texture, and shadow.
Twisted rope is an interwoven and bundled form of strands. A technique called "common whipping"—in which multiple turns of twine around the end of a rope prevents the rope from fraying—takes advantage of this material structure. This simple method, where pieces of material are used to articulate overall form, informed the basic principles for the pavilion.
The structure consists of tightly spaced ropes with identical lengths of five meters that will hang from a grid of safety nets suspended five meters off the ground. On the land side, ropes will hang loosely to create a condition in which visitors have to push them aside to move through. The density of the pavilion will then change gradually—ropes will be bundled into groups, creating interstitial spaces that expand toward the sea. During large events, the pavilion can provide more open space by additional grouping of bundles closer to the land side.
The collection of loose and bundled ropes forms a continuous canopy, which provides shade during the day and illuminates at night through suspended light bulbs. Reclaimed wooden drums, used to keep ropes in rolls, will be used as furniture throughout the site.
Ropes, safety nets, and the supporting steel structure will be manufactured off-site prior to being assembled on-site. When the exhibition is over, all steel and rope will be returned to manufacturers for recycling and re-use.
FLAT C is an architecture and design studio, established by Selim Bayer and Bulut Cebeci in 2012, in London, UK As of now, the studio has delivered several projects in residential, retail, hospitality and exhibition design sectors. Their recently completed projects include Haremlique Flagship Store in Zorlu Center and a CIP Lounge at the Izmir ADB Airport. There is shared interest and commitment of co-founders in creating architecture based on context and craft. Each project is acknowledged for its unique situation as references are drawn from arts, environment and everyday use. Based on a process driven methodology, the intention is to always achieve clarity in form and detail. The practice continues to have presence in both the UK and Turkey.
Project: FLAT C, Selim Bayer, Bulut Cebeci
Graphic Design: Eren Butler
Animation: Alek Sonman
Structural Engineering: Manja van de Worp