istanbul’s market systems

This is not quite within the lines of my project, but I thought that the system for construction of Istanbul’s main markets, the Spice Market and the Grand Bazaar, was a beautiful example of a simple system used to hold a changing and complex landscape, program and scale of space.

The Spice Market, contained within a neat cross in plan, applies the vaulted structure regularly, with a main barrel vault over the central walkway flanked by individual dome vaults lined up to house each of the shops. The messier Grand Bazaar, with a series of different areas connected by bends, curves and alterations in the vault structure, creates moments of surprise, where one arch divides into two, an abrupt turn requires a quarter of a dome, or large spans rest on columns of varied scale.


arrived in istanbul

sachin and i arrived in istanbul late last night after just a few plane trips and 1 wrong turn on the metro. we’ll be spending the next 3 weeks in turkey, splitting our time roughly between istanbul and ankara, a city built almost overnight as turkey’s new capital after the fall of the ottoman empire.

if anyone has any recs/ideas/contacts i’d love to hear about them!