THE YENIKAPI PROJECT
Eisenman Architects e Aytaç Architects
7 June – 23 November 2014
Press Preview 5-6 June, 10 am
Collateral Event of the 14th International Architecture Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia
Curated by Maurizio Bortolotti – Zitelle Palladian Complex Giudecca – Venice.
Zuecca Projects Space
Zuecca Projects is proud to present the incredible vision for The Yenikapi Transfer Point and Archaeological Park in Istanbul, designed by Peter Eisenman with his firm Eisenman Architects e Aytaç Architects. Revealed in a collateral event of the 14th International Architecture Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia, the design for the historic site includes a park, an archaeological museum, and a transit building adjacent to the new underground rail hub, construction of which uncovered important artifacts from the Roman and even neolithic eras. Through the presentation in Venice, curator Maurizio Bortolotti highlights mercantile trade links between Venice and the 1600 year old former Theodosius Port in Yenikapi, where the remains of 35 ships will be displayed as a main feature of the Archaeological Museum. On the Historic Peninsula, the Yenikapi area helps to bridge the European and Asian sides of the city. For its first architectural presentation Zuecca Projects breaks new ground in its continued research into the unique Easternfacing cultural history of Venice and examines how this connects with contemporary art and architecture. Internationally renowned architect and educator Peter Eisenman’s work is characterized by a deconstructivist approach, notably in his collaborations with post-structuralist philosopher Jacques Derrida. His interest in the architectural strata of Venice is well documented and The Yenikapi Project draws on the relationship between his projects for Venice and Istanbul.
In collaboration with Aytaç Architects, Eisenman Architects approached The Yenikapi Project with three fundamental aspects in mind: urban vision, urban design, and architectural design. Drawing parallels between the two cities, Eisenman discusses a shared ‘palimpsest’ in both the architecture and societies of Venice and Istanbul. As both cities have developed, intricate trails of evidence have been left behind from former incarnations. The Yenikapi Project continues the palimpsest example, explored in-depth through the multimedia presentation at Zuecca Projects Space. Split into four quadrants, the exhibition includes drawings, models, the ongoing urban design and archaeological museum projects, as well as images and animations of an installation of the archaeological excavations still underway. Originally known for staging exhibitions in the workhouse of a lovingly restored Venetian convent, Zuecca Projects now stages exhibitions around the globe in partnership with leading international cultural institutions. The Zuecca Projects Space sits within the Zitelle Palladian complex and adjoins Le Zitelle church and the Bauers Palladio, part of The Bauers’ group of Venice’s most prestigious hotels. This centuries old family-run Venetian institution provides in-kind support to Zuecca Projects in order to promote cultural exchange between Venice and the rest of the world.
Opening hours: 10 am – 18 pm - Closed on Monday
Location: Complesso delle Zitelle, Giudecca
Vaporetto Stop: Zitelle
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Notes to Editors
About Peter Eisenman
Peter Eisenman, FAIA, Int FRIBA, was born in Newark, New Jersey in 1932 and lives and works in New York. An internationally recognized architect and educator, Eisenman is the founder and design principal of Eisenman Architects, an architecture and design offce in New York City. The frm’s current projects include the one-million-square-foot, six-building cultural complex, the City of Culture of Galicia in Santiago de Compostela, Spain, ( four buildings of which are now complete); a master plan for a mixed- use development on the waterfront of Pozzuoli, Italy, and a residential condominium in Milan. Eisenman Architects’ proposal, with Aytaç Architects, for the Yenikapı Transfer Point and Archaeological Park in Istanbul, which won frst prize in an international design competition in 2012, is now in design development. Eisenman has taught at Cambridge University, Harvard University, Princeton University, Ohio State University, and The Cooper Union. His many books include Eisenman: Inside Out, Selected Writings 1963–1988; Written into the Void, Selected Writings 1990-2004; The Formal Basis of Modern Architecture; Tracing Eisenman; and Giuseppe Terragni:Transformations, Decompositions, Critiques. From 1967 to 1982 he was the director of the Institute for Architecture and Urban Studies in New York City, which he founded. Currently he is the Charles Gwathmey Professor in Practice at the Yale University School of Architecture. Eisenman holds a BArch from Cornell University, a MSArch from Columbia University, and an MA and PhD from Cambridge University.
About Aytaç Architects
Alper Aytaç,TMMOB, was born in Istanbul,Turkey, in 1977, and lives and works in Istanbul. Alper Aytaç founded Aytaç Architects – an architecture and research practice in Istanbul – in 2005 to develop an architecture that would transgress the normal bounds of traditional forms and materials and produce unexpected interactions with other objects/spaces/buildings.As a full service offce,Aytaç Architects is engaged with building design, urban design, interiors, and landscape design at all scales. The frm’s current projects include Hebil 157, which is an ASLA 2013 award winning project, comprising of fve houses by the Mediterranean coast in Bodrum; and a 10-story luxury midrise adjacent to renowned Bagdat Avenue in the residential area of Erenköy, Istanbul. Aytaç Architects’ proposal, with Eisenman Architects, for the Yenikapi Transfer Point and Archaeological Park in Istanbul, which won frst prize in an international design competition in 2012, is now in design development. Aytaç holds a BSArch from Ohio State University and a MArch from Southern California Institute of Architecture. Aytaç Architects’ buildings and projects have been published extensively in architectural and lifestyle journals worldwide.