The Bosphorus Grove

At first glance, the arrangement of clusters of branching columns with petal-like elements is reminiscent of a natural tree grove, but here these elements are not natural. This grove is somewhere between the mechanical and the biological, as the tubes allude to cultural situations as diverse as auto repair shops and medical facilities.

The construction is made from common industrial building materials: concrete cast in steel pipe, rebar, fiber-braided hose, and zip-tie attachments. When assembled, however, these materials produce a completely different aesthetic. The drooping field of hoses combined with the sheen and flicker of light off their transparent woven surfaces produce an atmospheric effect of increased air density with aqueous qualities. The effect is light and ephemeral, as opposed to heavy construction.

Sustainability is, in many ways, a speculation on the future use of materials after their momentary assembly as a building. Most buildings are broken down and buried as waste in landfills. “The Bosphorus Grove” pavilion, on the other hand, is reused in its entirety. The trees are “cut” from their concrete bases, flipped over, and placed underwater to become fish habitats. Their concrete bases now serve as anchors. Hose and zip-tie surfaces become attractors for the encrustation of aquatic life, transforming the hovering, cloud-like atmosphere of the above-ground pavilion into an artificial underwater reef.




Young & Ayata was formedin New York in 2008 by Kutan Ayata and Michael Young, to explore novel formal and organizational possibilities in architecture and urbanism. Dedicated to both built commissions and experimental research and competition projects, the practice desires to investigate architecture as the production of intensified aesthetic sensations on several levels: materially, formally, programmatically, ecologically and culturally. With the work they produced together, both partners were the recipients of the 2014 Young Architects Prize from the Architectural League of New York, a juried portfolio competition for young architects within 10 years of graduation who practice in United States, Canada and Mexico. Most recently, their entry for the open international competition for the Dalseong Citizen’s Gymnasium in South Korea received an honorable mention. Both principles teach and view the educational experience as crucial to the continual development of architectural ideas. A treatise titled “The Estranged Object, Realisms in Art and Architecture”, written by Michael Young with the projects of Young & Ayata is forthcoming.


Project Team: Young & Ayata, LLC

Kutan Ayata (Principal), Michael Young (Principal)

Sina Özbudun, Isidoro Michan, Alastair Stokes, Julia Fleckenstein, Bob Simon

Structural Consultant: Shaina Saporta – ARUP Engineering