The Walk-in cinema inside SALT Beyoglu building is almost a cul-de-sac attached to Istiklal Street, one of the most important pedestrian zones of Istanbul. As the name also suggests, this is an open space which is connected to the Istiklal street via the ground area of the building. The lack of any doors makes the space a real open space and at the same time signifies the openness to any idea that will be shared within. In this context, the institution’s major aim to become a flexible space open to any kind of intervention has almost been realized in this walk-in cinema space. The cul-de-sac concept also enhances this situation since dead-end streets offers infinite possibilities. This space tends to become a flexible area which changes its functions according to time and its users.
The surface material used in the walk-in space has been chosen as the same material of the forum area, which resembles the stone surface of the Istiklal street. This enables the visitors to suddenly find themselves inside the walk-in cinema while wandering inside the building’s ground floor. The slightly raised ramp at the end of the forum area lets the visitors to drop by into a more concentrated space. This impromptu space dictates nothing to its users. Visitors may watch either by sitting or standing and they are free to come by or leave whenever they want, even in the middle of the event taking place on the stage or on the screen.
The seating units may move horizontally on rails and thus the whole space may suddenly becomes a street-scape with irregular seating arrangements rather than a rigid auditorium. With this transformation, space is defined once again and the movements of the users become visible. People entering or leaving the area become part of the performance just like an event occurring in a street. Sometimes the seating units become surfaces which may be leaned against while the ground becomes a seating area. The endless combination of arrangements enable the users to create their own seating and watching positions and their engagement with the event.
Suyabatmaz Demirel Architects
Istanbul based architecture office Suyabatmaz Demirel was first founded by architect Arif Suyabatmaz in 1995 when he returned from Vienna to Istanbul. After working together with different architects in Vienna, Suyabatmaz established his own practice in Istanbul while teaching in Yildiz Technical University as a studio instructor. He was also one of the founders of Bilgi University Graduate Program in Architectural Design program.
In 2008, Hakan Demirel, a graduate of Yildiz Technical University School of Architecture, returned to Istanbul after finishing his studies in New York and formed a partnership together with Arif Suyabatmaz and the office name hence changed to Suyabatmaz Demirel.
Suyabatmaz Demirel’s works focus mostly on residential, commercial and office spaces and the scale range varies from single houses to high-density residential blocks or from single commercial units to shopping complexes. The austere and rich architectural language formed by delicate choices of materials, colors and details enable the office to create distinct spatial experiences even for conventional functions. Suyabatmaz Demirel sees each project as a research opportunity while questioning the conventional clichés and carry on their productions within this framework.
In spite of its short history, Suyabatmaz Demirel Architects had been awarded by many architectural and property award organizations. Among those, Gunesli Tower project awarded in 2010 MIPIM AR Future Project category, Gunesli Residences and Ekopark Istanbul projects awarded as “highly commanded” in 2010 Cityscape Dubai, METU Student Center and TAO Office Tower besides Gunesli Tower, Ekopark Istanbul awarded in 2011 European Property Awards may be counted. In 2011 office partner Hakan Demirel has been selected as one of the most successful young architects of Europe by the “Europe 40 Under 40” awards organized by The European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies, together with The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design.
Another partner of the office, Leyla Suyabatmaz, founded RAMPA Art Gallery in 2010 in Istanbul and thus contemporary art production and exhibition spaces became the secondary interest fields of the office.
Murat Arif Suyabatmaz
Suyabatmaz, was born in 1963 in Istanbul and graduated from private Istanbul German High School in 1982. He pursued his professional education in Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University in Faculty of Architecture until 1988. He started his postgraduate studies but before completing them, he moved to Vienna, and continued his studies in Vienna Technical University. Between 1988 and 1995, he worked in several architectural offices with many architects in Vienna including Prof.Wilheim Holzbauer. After returning to Istanbul in 1995, he established his own offise as Suyabatmaz Architects. During his practice, he also taught in Yildiz Technical University school of architecture as a studio instructor. In 2004 together with his colleauges he founded the Master’s Program in Architectural Design at Bilgi University and worked there as a studio instructor. In 2008 he partnered with Hakan Demirel and founded Suyabatmaz Demirel Architects.
Hakan Demirel was born in 1983 in Malatya. After graduating from Malatya High School in 2001 he started his professional education at Yildiz Technical University, Faculty of Architecture in Istanbul. He attended several national and international competitions and workshops during his education and became the owner of several awards. In 2006 he graduated from Yildiz Technical University in 2006. He took place as a jury at diploma selection committee at the same university, and moderator at Betonart Architecture summer school in 2007. For his further studies he lived in New York between 2007-2008. Upon his return from New York, he formed a partnership with Arif Suyabatmaz in 2008 and now he is working in Suyabatmaz Demirel Architects as a practicing professional architect.
Leyla Suyabatmaz was born in Istanbul in 1966. After her graduation from Istanbul Robert College in 1984, she went to Rhode Island School of Design where she was given the Bachelor of Architecture and a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 1989. In 1992 she organized the highly influential “Istanbul Architecture Conferences”. In 1997 established Ela Design Store in 1997. Together with Arif Suyabatmaz and her colleagues she founded the Master’s Program in Architectural Design at Bilgi University in 2004. In 2010 she established the contemporary art gallery, RAMPA in Istanbul. Currently she is directing RAMPA and since 1993 she is also a board member of ENKA Foundation.
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