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2010 European Capital of Culture

Categories: Architecture + Interiors, Local + Travel

As
the 2010
European Capital of
Culture- Istanbul
 a global
city that spreads between the two continents, offers lots of
cultural, historical and social activities and alternatives. I find
Istanbul intriguing, chaotic and enigmatic; a true special blend of
the east and the west. The last time I was in the city, I visited
three popular spots : Kanyon, Beşiktaş fish market and Istanbul
Museum of Modern Art.


Kanyon_2 

Kanyon1
Designed by the Los Angeles-based Jerde Partnership, a shopping mall in the middle of an industrial neighborhood, Levent, Istanbul, Kanyon does have a 21st century vibe. Its splashing water at the base of the "canyon", its swooping curvilinear architecture and the greenery within the gray stones do attract not only many kind of shoppers for its brand name stores but also people like me just to get a close feel of its futuristic architecture.  


Fish market
 


Fish market 1
 Another
diverse neighborhood in istanbul, Beşiktaş has a new fish market
which is built on a triangular site. This contemporary concrete shell
and steel structure is designed to preserve the fish market's
original presence and its welcoming feeling. Being a preservation
and revitalizing project within the bustling community, the structure
respects the sense of community among the merchants and also
considers the demands of the growing urban setting.

Istanbul_modern_33_istanbul_wallpapers_1024x768

Another
busy district of Istanbul, Karaköy along the Bosphorus is the home
for the city's first of its kind modern museum,
Istanbul Museum of
Modern Art
.
It is located on a dock in a converted warehouse with a
splendid view of the Marmara sea from its restaurant. The permanent
collection includes modern and contemporary arts produced in Turkey.


Art
 


 

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