Tersane Istanbul Master Plan

Revitalising a historic site

Tersane (Shipyard) Istanbul, located at the coast of Golden Horn in Istanbul, Turkey, is one of the biggest shipyards in the Mediterranean Sea. It was actively used during the Ottoman Period for military and civilian purposes but escaped the industrial wipe-out and the accompanying urban plans that transformed the Golden Horn in the 1980s. Despite this, its shipyards – Camialti and Taskizak, remained active until 2001 when they were moved to new industrial sites at the periphery of Istanbul.

DP Architects was appointed as the Design Architect to execute the master planning and design of Tersane Istanbul, specifically three out of seven zones within the larger master plan. These three zones will house retail, hospitality, residential, office and cultural spaces. Each zonal component is co-dependent on one another, functioning as a vibrant city centre that will be well-adapted to the conditions of the wider market economy while remaining relevant to its locale and people.

Turkey & CIS
Category Urban Planning
Year 2017
Size 320,000sqm

Slow living is driven by three key design strategies:

  1. Understanding and retaining the city’s heritage
    A study into the site’s architectural history allowed the design team to classify key construction periods from before 1926 to 1993 and identify existing buildings based on these cycles of urban regeneration. In doing so, the team was able to unveil how the architecture of Tersane Istanbul had evolved and acquired insight into a very interesting palette of typologies, materials and uses, which then guides the master plan zoning and architectural schematics.
  2. Effective zoning and connectivity
    The three main zones consist of the Cultural Oasis, Hilltop Retreat and Waterfront Living. The Cultural Oasis envisions a harmonious experience of the old and the new, combining timelessness and heritage with new retail experiences. The Hilltop Retreat, being the main hotel of the master plan, promises maximum comfort, service and quality in order to give guests the best experiences in Tersane. The Waterfront Living zone is diverse and vibrant, with varied functions and a contemporary outlook that is designed to cater to the needs of a community of broad demography.

    Enhancing connectivity between the various zones, three main layers of networks, namely the waterfront network, heritage network and uphill network are planned out. Through the uphill network, a direct connection is made from the highest point of the development all the way down to the waterfront. The heritage network and the waterfront network also provide two options to connect from the western and eastern ends of the development. The three networks not only facilitate connectivity throughout the site but also thematically make connections between the site and users, whether it is through the heritage network that thoughtfully exposes pedestrians to the site’s rich heritage or the waterfront network which walks users along the historic waterfront.
  3. Incorporation of landscape design
    Taking a cue from its early history, the overall design incorporates abundant landscape areas planned with DP Architects’ landscape specialist arm, DP Green. The landscape areas not only provide diverse public open spaces but also strengthen the heritage and cultural aspects of the master plan. This is evident from the arrival plaza marked by the festive landscape – with flowers inherent in Turkish motifs such as tulips, hyacinths and carnations - to the internal landscape corridors with a mix of vibrant undergrowth planting as well as verdant shade trees.

Given its position at the heart of the city centre and a coastline overlooking the historic peninsula, the Tersane Istanbul master plan aims to invigorate and revitalise the area. It stands to exemplify the rich cultural and historical legacy of Istanbul.

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