Colliding lines and lives

Second prize – small-scale interventions

Colliding Lines and Lives ​ ​

By: Sinan Gunay & Nurhayat Oz​​


​Istanbul is one of the most chaotic and dense cities in the northern hemisphere of the world, with a daily population of around 20million people travelling around the wonders and disgraces of this lively and relentless city day and night jumbled rough and tumble; nowadays feeling exhausted  and overweight, the latest housing boom, expanded its boundaries more and more. It does now seem utopical, however  this will come to an end when the last piece of earth is constructed, probably  sooner than expected and then the ultimate question will come! So what now? Where are we going? What have we missed during the journey?

However this is a rhetorical question, one of a kind solution can be derived from the city’s own roots, anamorphosised within a corrupted futuristic Freudian dream, trying to connect the mother city again along together with one of its landmarks, nearly forgotten its main purpose, just dressing up for the old postcards, so here you are, the "Valens Archway!" 

It was made by Roman emperor "Valens" at the end of 4th century, supplying the water demand in Middle Century. It had a great importance for  Romans and later Ottomans and has lost its significance and functionality after technological and infrastructural advancements and pulled the plug on to become one of the landmarks of the city. 

The surviving section of the archway is 921 metres long, and a boulevard passes through its arches accompaying the dense traffic flow of Fatih, which is one of the oldest districts of the city with mostly preserved historical urban fabric combining a mix use of housing and traditional trading. 

A gridal structure, located above the archway, referencing the openings of the arches, serving as a vertical but linear underlay for the wooden housing modules shot with the pattern of the surrounding ; is exposed to and seperated from the archway to create a promenade with overlapping the fabric of wood and stone, oldie and newbie, history and future, hard and soft, day and night, heavy and light and ultimately generating an alternative elevated life,  keeping tabs of the city, instead of just being watched. The linearity of the archway is emphasized with the infinite effect of the gridal system, making it the ground zero which has the infinite possibilities for  future correlations with the city.​

The Designers: ​Sinan Günay & Nurhayat Oz​

Sinan Günay & Nurhayat Oz​ 

Superspace was founded in 2014 by Sinan Gunay and Nurhayat Oz in İstanbul, Turkey, as a practice that is interested in ‘simple but complex’ relations of human, architecture and city, where architecture plays a mediatory role in-between, subject to represent an intuitive ‘research and generate’ paradigm.


Jury's comments

Stefan Winter:

An additional example to use historical structures for urban development. In both examples wood structures displays the wide variety of use.

Mike Kane:

Of the many entries which added to existing structures, this one stood out as a convincing addition to the city and more importantly to enhance and enrich its public spaces. 

City Above the City architecture competition

Plan B : City Above the City architecture competition 

Metsä Wood challenged architects and students around the world to push the boundaries of modern wood building design in the urban environment. Entrants from 40 countries created their Plan B to urbanisation using wood (Kerto® LVL – laminated veneer lumber) as the main material. The task was to design a wooden extension to an existing urban building. The entries were designed to 69 cities worldwide.

The winners


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The Green Intervention by Minjae Kim &​​ Kwang Ja Oh​


Dear Landlord by Nile Greenberg​


Vertical Lilong by Luis Fco. Romero Martinez & Sandra Gomez Alba​


Colliding Lines and Lives by Sinan Gunay & Nurhayat Oz​​


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