The Suyabatmaz Demirel Architects-designed Market Hall & Car Park is proposed for Sultangazi, Istanbul, a developing neighbourhood within the scope of urban regeneration. The site is surrounded by dense residential blocks and it is owned by the municipality. The proposed design includes a temporary market place that will operate as a car park when there is no market activity with a closed 2,000 sq m structure accommodating social, educational and administration functions.
Marketplaces are commonplace across Turkey with markets taking place on specific days and stallholders moving between designated spaces throughout the week. When the stalls are gone, instead of leaving this space empty, local municipalities often operate these marketplaces as car parks or venues for social activities, such as workshops and exhibitions, thus yielding functional sustainability.
The density of the built environment in the close vicinity of the proposed Sultangazi Market Hall & Car Park has shaped its design. The main purpose of the project is to maximise accessibility to the area and to create spaces that can establish active relationships with the street. The building also incorporates a terraced structure at top level so that users can enjoy social facilities such as the cafe, green area and observation terrace.
The building needs controlled access while being used as a car park. Street-level entrance points limit access to the desired security level and vehicle ramps within the building are set at an incline of 8% for the convenience of marketplace users.
Due to the fast and dense development of the area, there is a lack of qualified social facilities nearby. Suyabatmaz Demirel Architects aims to alter this situation by integrating various social functions into the Sultangazi Market Hall & Car Park that can serve the community at all times. The team also intend for this structure to act as an assembly area for nearby residents in the event of an earthquake, given that many of the buildings within the vicinity were not built using earthquake-resistant measures.