Project Description

1st prize international competition by invitation in cooperation with DB architects Istanbul, Transsolar KlimaEngineering and UMnet (2012)

The district of Tuzla in Istanbul on its way to Green Logistic City. At the meeting point of two continents, an innovative and sustainable urban concept is being developed that is dedicated to the operation and development of intermodal trade and the associated services. This development will consist of three parts:

A logistics park for the transfer of goods, a residential area with local facilities and an urban centre, the CITY. The TLC will not only create synergies between the economic and technological aspects of intermodal exchange, but also between high-quality office, hotel and conference space, mixed living space as well as shopping, cultural and leisure facilities. The density and mix of these activities gives the CITY its urban quality and secures its position as a regional anchor for the surrounding districts and local centres.

Environmental parameters The base of the CITY steps down with the existing topography. The southern edge of the dense urban structure of the CITY opens into the outer shell of the park following a curve from east to west. This is crossed by the north-south axis of the boulevard, which connects the two stations. The urban space arises from the need to keep noise, exhaust fumes and winter north winds out of the city, while the streets and public spaces open to the mild west winds in summer.

Use of natural systems In addition to functional and aesthetic aspects, the design and layout of buildings and urban spaces should also increase the comfort of outdoor spaces in the city, i.e. the positive climatic properties of wind, sun and water are made usable and perceptible as far as possible. At the same time, negative location factors such as winter winds as well as noise and dust pollution from the nearby airport are reduced. The higher-level access roads are east-west oriented in order to take advantage of the cool fresh air flow in the summer months. The long-term goal of a secure energy supply is CO2-neutral development. Equipped with solar collectors, the large roof areas of the logistics halls can cover the power requirements of the entire CITY. The electricity generated from photovoltaics can be fed into a local grid together with electricity and heat from a biomass power plant operated with material from the three municipal parks. Rain and grey water are collected in decentralised storage facilities and efficiently recycled as moisturisers for the atriums of office buildings, for irrigation of the landscape park and as service water.