Topkapi Fold Community
Topkapi is a visionary mixed-use redevelopment of an industrial site near historic Istanbul. With 4,000+ housing units, this project responds to the rising demand for integrated urban living at the heart of a growing metropolis.
Inspired by the client’s signature “fold elements” —or strategically-sited public spaces—the master plan proposes a large-scale “fold community.” Across the entire site, shared outdoor spaces and public plazas enhance and connect the daily lives of residents, visitors, and workers in the community.
The Master Plan interprets life as a path marked by universal stages, from childhood to retirement, and then folds this path into a physical design for the site. The unique interests and needs of each stage of life drive the design. More social, activated spaces are balanced by relaxing, contemplative scenes.
The architectural concept is designed around a kit of parts, with common construction and materials. For each of the four stages, the kit is applied differently to create four distinct projects for four distinct markets. The unit design is grounded in flexibility and maximizing the space in small units.
As the city grows, forward-looking projects like Topkapi will play an important role in shaping the character of civic and community life. The Topkapi Fold Community will create spaces for people at every stage of life to interact and flourish