Whisper of Trees

“Whisper of Trees” evokes nature—to which we have not been paying heed for a long time—calling out to us anew. Composed of raw metal pipes and chains that hang from inside them, the design embodies the metaphor of the wishing tree. Pipes represent every tree that has been killed. With the aid of the sea breeze, the dangling chains start moving and producing sounds. Touching Istanbul Modern’s courtyard only at two points, the design provides shaded areas and allows the space to be used in different ways.

The design questions the concepts of sustainability and impermanence, and the dilemma between the two. The project was commissioned for a specific space, but we propose that it later be moved to forestlands that are in danger of extinction, where it will exist for many years. The iron and concrete pipes and the steel chains were selected for their durability and ability to acquire a warm patina with age.

Structurally, the metal elements differ according to their load-bearing properties and the sound they will produce. Plans call for the main load-bearing system to be made of cast iron pipes and the rest of sheet metal. It is proposed that the hanging chains be of varying thicknesses and lengths in order to create a variety of sounds.



Ali Sinan & Hasan Okan Çetin 

Ali Sinan (1989, Eğirdir) graduated from the Department of Architecture, METU (2012). He started his master education at the Restoration and Preservation of Historic Monuments Department, METU (2013). He has participated architectural competitions and received several awards during his undergraduate studies and afterwards. He established Ali Sinan Architecture / Toz’lu Studio (2013) where continues his architectural practice. Since 2013, he is a member of Editorial Executive Committee and the Broadcasting Commission at Independent Architects Journal which is published by the Turkish Association of Architects in Private Practice, along with his participation in SMALL workgroup established in 2014.

Hasan Okan Çetin(1980, Ankara) graduated from the Department of Architecture, METU (1998). He completed the graduate program in the same department

(2006). He participated in various studies at the Faculty of Architecture, METU as a research assistant (2004-07). He is founding partner of onbir41 Architecture (2006-13). He produced several architectural and graphic design projects, participated in architectural competitions and received several awards. He worked as a part-time instructor 3rd year design studio at the Department of Architecture, METU (2010-14). He continues his architecture and graphic design practice both in professional fields and competitions at SMAG Architecture (Studio for Media, Architecture and Graphic), established in 2014. He is also a member of SMALL workgroup, established in 2014.

Ali Sinan and Hasan Okan Çetin have won awards from several national architecture and design contests.


Project: Ali Sinan & Hasan Okan Çetin

Visualization: Olsi Kafeja

Contributors: Cem Dursun, Fatih Zorer, Gökhan Yıldırım, Nuran Özkam, Turan Türkal