Bostanli Footbridge and Bostanli Sunset Lounge
Bostanlı Footbridge and Bostanlı Sunset Lounge have been designed by Studio Evren Başbuğ Architects as part of the ‘Karşıkıyı’ concept created for ‘İzmirSea’ coastal regeneration project. Designed according to its unique location Bostanlı Footbridge with its delicate profile between two banks, allows small boats to pass underneath and dock the floating pier on the edge of the creek. The form of the wood clad steel construction bridge originates from the cascading section profile which encourages users to sit or lean towards the bay view.
First phase of the partial spot design processes regarding our proposal “Karşıkıyı”; a part of “İzmir Coastline Regeneration Project” (İzmirSea / İzmirDeniz) initiated by the İzmir Metropolitan Municipality have recently been completed. In this context, “Bostanlı Footbridge” which is designed for the Bostanlı Creek mouth, and uniquely positioned “Bostanlı Sunset Lounge” promise genuine idleness spaces and a stirring user experience on one of the unexcelled spots on the shore.
Situated on the only fragment of Karşıyaka shoreline that is positioned perpendicular to the sea, Bostanlı Sunset Lounge, is formed of a series of wooden platforms reclining on a wooded hillside, all the way down towards the sea. The simplicity and fluidity of the surface form encourages the users to get in a closer contact with the sea.
“Our client was the Metropolitan Municipality of İzmir and they didn’t really have a very detailed brief for this site but they rather had a general motivation to strengthen the links between the urban coastline and the inhabitants of the city. As such, these two urban installations, facing each other in the same spot, sustain the general framework defined in the ‘Karşıkıyı’ proposal. Natural, independent, ingenuous and inclusive; both designs serve as genuine ‘counter-spaces’ in the urban setting,” – Evren Başbuğ, Founding Partner, Studio Evren Başbuğ Architects
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These two architectural installations, which are positioned in close proximity and in reference to each other, have generated a new, integrated coastal attraction, where the Bostanlı Creek flows into the bay, on a very special and unique spot due to the geometric form of the coastline. Opened in July 2016, the site has become one of the top public attractions in Karşıyaka, Izmir and has been embraced and visited by residents from all ̇ over the city.
In alignment with the masterplan of the ‘Karşıkıyı’ concept, the ‘Bostanlı Footbridge’, was proposed to connect two sides of Bostanlı Creek and would serve as one of the missing pieces of the continuous coastal promenade. With its slightly bow-shaped longitudinal section and specially designed support geometry, the bridge allows for the passage of small boats and provides access to the floating pontoon located on the creek.
The ‘Bostanlı Footbridge’, oriented in its unique position and providing a view of the bay on one side and the city on the other, has been designed with an asymmetrical cross-section. This special section is formed by several cascading thermally-modified American ash boards, produced and provided by Novawood, installed on a steel frame, allowing users to enjoy the view of the bay either sitting or sprawling. In this way, the bridge goes beyond being just an infrastructural urban element, solely used as a thoroughfare, and instead, serves as a public leisure and attraction piece in relation to its environment.
“Given that the site was so unique in terms of its location and geography, as designers we did not need any more inspiration from the outside. The ‘Bostanlı Footbridge’ and ‘Bostanlı Sunset Lounge’, both promise a new urban space to experience different forms of ‘idleness’, by employing the social, geographical and historical backgrounds of this unique location. These new coastal installations fit perfectly with the ‘Easy Way of Living’ vision established for the city of İzmir, by the ‘İzmirSea’ coastal regeneration project,” – added Başbug.
The ‘Bostanlı Sunset Lounge’, which lies on one of the few coastal fragments facing directly west in Karşıyaka, is also made from a series of thermally-modified American ash boards from Novawood, which form an inviting urban surface, stretching between the artificial slope covered with trees and the embankment itself. The simplicity and fluency in the surface geometry encourage the user to experience a more direct relationship with the setting sun and the sea.
Just as in the case of the footbridge, the lounge gives a welcoming feeling, which is mostly down to the natural texture of the thermally-modified ash. Built from a series of wooden platforms reclining on a wooded hillside, all the way down towards the sea, the design encourages users to achieve a closer connection with the sea. In this way, the lounge helps users to re-discover a long-forgotten İzmir ritual, which is still present in the urban memory, and invites city residents to watch the sunset and spend quality time together in the evening.
“Given that the site is on the sea coast, all the materials are open to the corrosive effects of salty sea water. Also as a Mediterranean city, İzmir has a relatively high percentage of sunny days, leaving the thermallymodified ash vulnerable to the ultraviolet sunlight. These conditions made us think twice at the design phase but we decided to give it a try. It has been almost a year since the opening, and we frequently visit the site to see if there is any significant material degrade, but the wood is performing well. Wood ages nicely,” – added Başbug.
These two urban installations, facing each other on the same spot, sustain the general framework defined in ‘Karşıkıyı’ proposal, the master plan for Karşıyaka coastline. Natural, independent, ingenuous and inclusive; both of the designs serve as genuine ‘counter-spaces’ in Lefebvre’s terms. Footbridge and Sunset Lounge, both promise a new urban space to experience different forms of ‘idleness’, by employing the social, geographical and historical backgrounds of this unique location. These new coastal interventions also fit perfectly with the ‘Easy Way of Living’ vision established for the city of İzmir, by ‘İzmirSea’ coastal regeneration project.
Project name: Bostanlı Footbridge and Bostanlı Sunset Lounge
Location: Bostanlı Mahallesi, Park İçi Yolu, 35590 Karşıyaka, İzmir, Turkey
Coordinates: 38.455366, 27.093103
Project area: 8,800 sqm
Completion: July 2016
Client / Owner / Developer: İzmir Metropolitan Municipality
- Studio Evren Başbuğ Architects – 35580 Karşıyaka, İzmir, Turkey
Design: Evren Başbuğ
- Design: Evren Başbuğ Umut Başbuğ Hüseyin Komşuoğlu Can Özcan Oğuzhan Zeytinoğlu Can Kaya Tuba Çakıroğlu Erdem Yıldırım Meriç Kara Ebru Bingöl Korhan Şişman
- Design Team: İpek Baklacı Elif Ayalp Hande Ciğerli Caner Bilgin Ramazan Avcı Seden Cinasal Avci Düşra Korkmaz Nedim Can Karyaldız Sinan Demirel İklim Topaloğlu Beyza Karasu Sümeyye Komşuoğlu
- Yusuf Okçuoğlu Güven İncirlioğlu Özcan Kaygısız Ersin Pöğün Vedat Tokyay Tamer Başbuğ
- Technical Consultants: Cemal Çoşak Mustafa Şahin Levent Ahmet Ünal Önder Demirdöven
Selected suppliers & subcontractors, Manufacturers:
- Wood Species: Thermally-modified American ash
- Wood Supplier: Novawood (Nova Orman Urunleri San. Tic. A.Ş.)
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Images: © Studio Evren Başbuğ Architects, ZM Yasa Fotograf