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Besiktas Fish Market

Besiktas Fish Market

Besiktas Fish Market

Besiktas Fish Market

Besiktas Fish Market

Besiktas Fish Market

Besiktas Fish Market

Besiktas Fish Market

Wednesday, October 13th, 2010

Who: Global Architecture Development (GAD)
What: Besiktas Fish Market When: 2009
Where: Istanbul, Turkey

Is it sculpture? Is it a building? Is it even functional? This redesigned fish market is located in one of Istanbul’s most populated and diverse neighborhoods, Besiktas. Constructed from a uniform concrete shell, the structure covers a unique triangular plot and updates the old market, which had become rundown and decidedly dated from years of daily use.

The new market, with its open-air sides and massive interior appears welcoming while also accommodating huge crowds. Long pendant lights hang frmo the ceiling, casting a warm glow inside and into the surrounding streets, which see a constant stream of activity. During the winter or times of inclement weather, the sides can be semi-closed with removable textiles coverings.

A marvelously executed bit of public space in tight quarters? Or an oversized, over-designed monstrosity at odds with its surrounding environment?

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