The first project of the YAP Istanbul Modern: Young Architects Program has been announced

‘‘Sky Spotting Stop’’ in Istanbul Modern’s courtyard


The project for the first temporary installation of the YAP Istanbul Modern: Young Architects Programhas been announced. The program is carried out by Istanbul Modern in partnership with theMuseum of Modern Art (MoMA) / MoMA PS1 and co-sponsored by Polimeks and VitrA. Designed by SO? Architecture and Ideas, the project entitled Sky Spotting Stop will be built in early June in Istanbul Modern’s courtyard. It will host special events addressing especially the young audienceand can be used throughout the summer of 2013 by museum visitors of all ages. In addition to the winner, the designs proposed by all the finalists of the YAP International programs will be exhibited atIstanbul Modern, MoMA PS1, MAXXI, and CONSTRUCTO.

The winners of YAP MAXXI and YAP Istanbul Modern have been announced to the international media by MoMA / MoMA PS1, MAXXI and Istanbul Modern today.

Sky Spotting Stop is a temporary site-specific installation that shades the courtyard of Istanbul Modern while floating gently on the hidden waters of the Bosphorus, projecting its host space upon the city. Istanbul Modern’s courtyard is partly isolated from urban flow despite its very central location; thanks to this ephemeral, albeit lively addition, which will serve as an intriguing spot for the museum’s exterior, the courtyard will become part of the skyline. While the illuminated mirror plates create a constantly changing background for events at night, they provide undulating shadows during the day. On the ground, an altering landscape made of mobile reused elements transforms the courtyard into a new stop in the city for sitting, resting, gathering, playing, or “sky-spotting.”

The jury is formed of architectural experts and of representatives from Istanbul Modern and the other Young Architects Programs. The jury consists of Emre Arolat (architect), Çelenk Bafra (Curator, Istanbul Modern), Barry Bergdoll (The Philip Johnson Chief Curator of Architecture and Design, MoMA), Pippo Ciorra (Senior Curator, MAXXI Architettura), Levent Çalıkoğlu (Chief Curator, Istanbul Modern), Pelin Derviş (YAP Istanbul Modern Coordinator), Oya Eczacıbaşı (Chair of the Board, Istanbul Modern), Cevdet Erek (artist / architect), Pedro Gadanho (Curator of Contemporary Architecture, MoMA), Prof. Suha Özkan (President of the Jury / architect), Melkan Tabanlıoğlu (architect), and Han Tümertekin (architect). From among proposed projects the jury selected the project Sky Spotting Stop to be built in Istanbul Modern’s courtyard.

The president of the jury, Suha Özkan explained the jury’s verdict for selecting Sky Spotting Stop as follows:

“The Jury has unanimously selected Sky Spotting Stop by SO? to be implemented in the courtyard of Istanbul Modern.

In the proposal by SO?, the total functioning of the components creatively derives its energy from the site. This energy, taken from the immediate environment, also has the potential to generate additional energy. The project is a celebration of movement and light. Fragmentation of the canopy into individual circular panels transforms the movement of the reflected light into poetic waves of light and shade. Patches of reflected light dancing in the dark and shadows that float during the day add amazing vitality to the environment. The multiple functions of the fragmented canopy render the project rich, engaging and playful. The continuous movement of the buoyed posts supporting the circular canopies reproduces the sound and image of the ships moored to the quay and establishes an exciting association between the two different types of posts. The harmony of the posts on land and sea generates a fascinating dialogue. The project is feasible and carries no financial risks of exceeding the allocated budget. The engagement of local industrial groups and the utilization of local and used materials were noted as positive aspects.The originality of the selected project will contribute to the aesthetic world of architecture and design.”

To be held biannually during the summer, the YAP Istanbul Modern: Young Architects Program offers emerging architects the opportunity to design temporary exterior installations through an innovative approach to architectural design. This is a first for Turkey. In line with the principles of the program, nominators from acrossTurkey and the TRNC were contacted. These included architectural academicians, architectural critics, members of periodical publications, and representatives from professional organizations such as the Chamber of Architects and Association of Architects in Private Practice. On 26 November 2012, 5 finalists were selected from among the 35 young candidates put forthby these nominators who then assessed the portfolios presented by finalists. The finalists were asked to develop proposals for a temporary installation for Istanbul Modern’s courtyard. The selection of February 1 was made from among these proposals.


The most exciting exhibition of young architectural talents in recent years: Young Architects Program

According to Barry Bergdoll, the Philip Johnson Chief Curator of Architecture and Design at MoMA, the outpouring of creative energy of the five teams who competed as finalists in the first edition of the Young Architects Program in Istanbul is a testament to the strength of the design culture in Turkey in this moment of cultural effervescence: “Those five projects will join fifteen others, the finalists in this year's competitions in New York, Rome, and Santiago (Chile) to make the most exciting exhibition of young architectural talent in recent years.  For the site at the Istanbul Modern all of the teams sought to make visible the invisible―whether on the macro-level of making the culture of construction and destruction in the Turkish metropolis into a theme, or in making the presence of the sea under the site palpable. The winning project is a deceptively simple response to this desire to bring the presence of the sea into a site with a wonderful view but a barrier to the actual coastline in the form of the customs zone fence. A small forest of poles swaying not in the wind but with the movement of the waters of the Bosphorus under the Istanbul Modern’s plaza will create a setting for outdoor events and socializing for the museum’s summer―bringing some of the dynamism of the galleries into a public space on the water’s edge waiting to be discovered and used. Here is architecture at its best―a simple gesture transforms a space into an environment and a gathering point.”

Another YAP Istanbul Modern Jury member, Pippo Ciorra from MAXXI, said “Sky Spotting Spot immediately jumped on me as the possible winner of YAP Istanbul Modern 2013. Among five very good projects and at least a couple of close runners the SO? proposal showed a very convincing attitude to achieve the most with the minimum building effort―an example of ‘sustainable’ sustainability―and to play perfectly both the conceptual and the functional role. I’m sure Istanbul Modern will gain a lot by the presence of such installation in its open space.”

Haze of Alper Derinboğaz (Salon2); seapeaker of Evren Başbuğ, İnanç Eray, Meriç Kara, and Engin Ayaz (YAP Istanbul Modern Design Group); Tearing the Ground of Onat Öktem and Zeynep Öktem (ONZ Architects), IM Debris ofÖmer Selçuk Baz (Yalın Mimarlık) were the other projects developed for Istanbul Modern’s courtyard and presented to the jury on February 1 in addition to Sky Spotting Stop of Sevince Bayrak and Oral Göktaş (SO? Architecture and Ideas).

The Young Architects Program International offers young designers and architects the opportunity to design spaces that promote uses such as rest, play, and relaxation as well as host diverse events, including concerts, spectacles, exhibitions, and performances. Architects are encouraged to address environmental issues, notions of sustainability, reuse and recycling and to create innovative projects providing elements of shade, water, and seating that would increase the possibilities of use in open-air spaces.

The Yap Istanbul Modern: Young Architects Program is an expansion of the Young Architects Program International carried out at MoMA PS1 in New York, the National Museum of XXI Century Arts (MAXXI) in Rome, and the cultural organization CONSTRUCTO in Santiago.



The Young Architects Program has expanded in recent years to include the National Museum of XXI Century Arts (MAXXI) in Rome, Italy; Istanbul Modern in Istanbul, Turkey; and CONSTRUCTO in Santiago, Chile.


YAP Istanbul Modern

Established in 2012, YAP Istanbul Modern continues the mission of the Young Architects Program by offering young designers an opportunity to create a space in the museum’s courtyard that will host museum events for visitors of all ages, especially young audiences.


SO? ARCHITECTURE AND IDEAS (Sevince Bayrak, Oral Göktaş)

In 2005, Sevince Bayrak graduated from Istanbul Technical University’s Department of Architecture, where she is now working on her PhD. She spent the fall 2010 term undertaking research at Westminster University. Having also graduated from Istanbul Technical University’s Department of Architecture in 2005, Oral Göktaş completed his master’s degree there in 2009. He has taught at design studios in various universities both as a visiting critic and a lecturer. Having worked in several architectural practices in Istanbul and Santiago, Bayrak and Göktaş founded SO? in 2007. Istanbul based SO? is involved in projects of various types and scales. Recent work includes a research project for Urban Age Istanbul, a pavilion design constructed for the 5th World Water Forum, a pop-up tourist information booth in Rotterdam, urban design projects in Urfa and Manisa, and several projects for national and international competitions.



For the Young Architects Program 2013 selection process, MoMA and MoMA PS1 invited outside experts in the field of architecture, including architects, curators, scholars, and magazine editors, to nominate the finalists from a pool of approximately 25 candidates that included both recent graduates and established architects experimenting with new styles or techniques. After reviewing the candidates, five finalists were selected to present proposals to a panel composed of Glenn D. Lowry, MoMA Director; Barry Bergdoll, MoMA Philip Johnson Chief Curator, Department of Architecture and Design; Klaus Biesenbach, MoMA PS1 Director and MoMA Chief Curator at Large; Pedro Gadanho, MoMA Curator, Department of Architecture and Design; Peter Eleey, MoMA PS1 Curator; Pippo Ciorra, Senior Curator, MAXXI Architettura, National Museum of XXI Century Arts; and Jeannette Plaut, Director, YAP CONSTRUCTO.

“CODA's proposal was selected because of its clever identification and use of locally available resources—the waste products of skateboard-making—to make an impactful and poetic architectural statement within MoMA PS1's courtyard,”said Pedro Gadanho, Curator in MoMA’s Department of Architecture and Design. “Party Wall arches over the various available spaces, activating them for different purposes, while making evident that even the most unexpected materials can always be reinvented to originate architectural form and its ability to communicate with the public.”

“CODA developed an outstanding, iconic design that will support the many social functions connected to our large-scale group exhibition EXPO 1: New York, while creating a unique and stunning object for our outdoor galleries,”added Klaus Biesenbach, Director of MoMA PS1 and Chief Curator at Large at MoMA.



YAP MAXXI continues the YAP mission of offering young designers an opportunity to create a space for live summer events in the piazza of the MAXXI-National Museum of the XXI Century Arts in Rome. The 2013 YAP MAXXI five finalists include: bam! bottega di architettura metropolitan (Turin, Italy, Alberto Bottero, Valeria Bruni, Simona Della Rocca, Fabio Vignolo); AKO architettura a kilometro zero (Rome, Italy, Gianni Puri, Laura Di Virgili, Alessandra Fasoli, Stefan Pollak, Enrica Siracusa); LABORATORIO PERMANENTE (Milan, Italy, Angelica Sylos Labini, Nicola Russi); Matilde Cassani (Milano, Italia); and LOOP Landscape & Architecture Design (Rotterdam, The Netherlands, Francesco Garofalo, Silvia Lupini, Francesca Sartori). The jury has selected the Project entitled HE by bam! bottega di architettura metropolitan.


YAP Chile

YAP Chile continues the legacy of the Young Architects Program by providing an active platform for talented Latin American emerging architects to think, explore, and improve the quality of collective-use spaces for live summer events, using sustainability as a way to respond to a contemporary problem that requires intelligent and creative use of resources. The 2012 winning design, The Garden of Forking Paths by BEAL + LYONS ARCHITECTS (Alejandro Beals and LoretoLyon), features a labyrinth of vegetation inspired by the writings of Jorge Luis Borges and the gardens of the Palace of Versailles. The maze-like structure, which will be installed on March 7, 2013, creates elements of discovery and surprise for visitors while exploring the possibilities of public space, atmospheres, and environments.

An exhibition of the five finalists' proposed projects from all of the YAP International programs will be on view at MoMA this summer (to be announced at a later date). The exhibition is organized by Barry Bergdoll, MoMA Philip Johnson Chief Curator, and Pedro Gadanho, Curator, Department of Architecture and Design, The Museum of Modern Art



A dedicated YAP International website,, features the selected proposals and designs from CODA, winner of YAP in New York, and as well as the winners of YAP Chile, YAP MAXXI, and YAP Istanbul. The website also includes an archive of past MoMA/MoMA PS1 finalists’ and winners’ proposals, interviews with the curators as well as installation videos.



This year marks the 16th summer that MoMA PS1 has hosted a combined architectural installation and music series in its outdoor galleries, though it is only the 14th year of the Young Architects Program, which began in 2000. The inaugural project was an architecturally based installation in 1998 by an Austrian artist collective, Gelatin. In 1999, Philip Johnson’s DJ Pavilion celebrated the historic affiliation of MoMA PS1 and MoMA. The previous winners of the Young Architects Program are SHoP/Sharples Holden Pasquarelli (2000), ROY (2001), William E. Massie (2002), Tom Wiscombe / EMERGENT (2003), nARCHITECTS (2004), Xefirotarch (2005), OBRA (2006), Ball-Nogues (2007), WORKac (2008), MOS (2009), Solid Objectives - Idenburg Liu (2010), Interboro Partners (2011), and HWKN - HollwichKushner (2012).


Co-Sponsors of YAP Istanbul Modern

Polimeks’ projects make a difference with their designs.

A holistic approach that apprehends the relationship between form and context encompasses all of the projects developed by Polimeks. The company places a particular importance for developing works that impress with their designs. Its architectural staff are competent and creative. Polimeks prides itself upon being able to envision and construct monuments, cultural-artistic complexes, airports, hotels and housing communities, as well as many industrial premises, which all bear the marks of the cultural heritage of the respective countries. One highlight is the Ashgabat Olympic Complex which is one of the biggest sport complexes in Asia. Polimeks’ regard for cohesion in its designs, and its ability to achieve this successfully, has been honored with an award in the "Public Service Architecture" category at European Property Awards 2012. Each year, Polimeks offers scholarships and employment opportunities to students of architectural departments. This will enable us to discover young and gifted architects that will create our architectural future.


VitrA and Architectural Culture

As the market leader of bathroom products and ceramic tiles in Turkey, VitrA reinterprets the genuine values of Turkish bathroom and ceramic culture in accordance with the standards of contemporary architecture. Within this framework, VitrA positions itself as a solution partner and undertakes a series of projects focused on the best examples of contemporary architecture and architectural culture. With this in mind, an ambitious project, entitled “Architectural Excursion with VitrA” has been initiated in collaboration with Bilgi University in 2006. The project, which aims to contribute to the education of future architects by creating a platform of up-to-date information on architectural works, has been further enriched with a series of exhibitions, panel discussions and publications. In 2011, in order to contribute to the establishment of an architectural memory, VitrA and Turkish Association of Architects in Private Practice have put into practice the “VitrA Contemporary Architecture Series”. The project focuses on different typologies of buildings, all realized after the year 2000 within the scope of creating an architectural archive, sparking a debate around contemporary architecture and setting a base for new works. It includes various works and events such as a book, exhibitions and panel discussions.