Balikesir Metropolitan Municipality has announced an open international design contest to masterplan a 26ha coastal site in Bandirma, north-west Turkey (Deadline: 3 February)
The competition seeks mixed-use proposals to regenerate an abandoned military base on a prominent site on the edge of the Balikesir Province city, overlooking a busy port and the Marmara Sea.
The Bandirma Park project will deliver new retail spaces, two hotels and an extension to an existing design institute on the site, as well as a landscape strategy to protect the area’s natural flora and fauna.
According to the brief: ‘Balikesir [Province] is being replanned in accordance with a new integrative vision shaped by the current state of industrial, tourism, agricultural and transportation sectors by taking advantage of its geographical position.
‘Bandirma is on course to becoming one of the most prominent industrial and logistic cities of the future. Two main elements shaping the city’s development process; industry and R&D, cannot exist without the scientific atmosphere of universities, but more importantly without the ideal urban environment which they need to flourish.’
The coastal city of Bandirma is the main Marmara sea port for the Belikesir Province of north-west Turkey. It is a major regional centre of commercial activity, exporting cereals, wool, meat, cattle, grain and minerals. The settlement is also a key gateway for goods and vehicles travelling between the larger cities of Istanbul and Izmir.
Formerly known as Panderma, the city grew significantly following the opening of the Izmir railway in 1912, with its port hosting steamships from international waters. Fighting during the First World War dramatically halted development, and the city is home to a monument remembering the landing place of the last shell fired during the global conflict.
The competition site close to Bandirma Harbour was used by the Turkish military for storage for more than 40 years. The large sprawling complex was abandoned at the turn of the millennium and passed into local authority ownership last year.
Proposals must retain the listed facades of 21 Grade II-listed buildings on the site along with other ruins. Other unlisted structures can be removed or incorporated into the regeneration concept, which must be approved by the Turkish Heritage Organisation.
Masterplans should include around 30,000m2 of retail, a 10,000m2 4-star hotel with 90 bedrooms, and a 15,000m2 5-star hotel complex with 130 bedrooms. They should also feature a 3,000m2 extension to an existing design institute to create a hub venue for meetings, collaborative workshops, symposiums and debates between local universities.
The new design institute building will contain a 400-capacity main hall with a café and bookshop alongside a further four auditoriums, four lecture theatres, four workshops, a library, fabrication workshop, storage area and offices.
Development on the sloping site – which tapers from 11.8m to 66m above sea level – must not exceed 96m above sea level due to an active military base nearby.
Submissions should include a 300-word summary, accompanied by a four-page project report and PDF documents showing site analysis diagrams, 3D images, floor plans, a site plan, urban context and masterplan. Documents must be printable on to presentation boards for display.
The five-strong competition jury includes Louis Becker of Henning Larsen Architects. The overall winner is set to be announced on 26 March and will receive €100,000 (360,000 TRY). There will also be a second prize of €70,000 (250,000 TRY), third prize of €40,000 (145,000 TRY), and seven honourable mentions worth €20,000 EUR (70,000 TRY) each.
How to apply
The registration deadline is 3 February and submissions must be completed by 23:59 local time (GMT+3) on 24 February.
Balikesir Metropolitan Municipality
Mekik Sokak No:25
Eski Kuyumcular Mahallesi
Tel: +90 266 239 15 10 (Extension: 1491)
Bristol Harbourside case study: Q&A with Peter Inglis
The practice leader at Cullinan Studio discusses lessons learned regenerating land surrounding Bristol Harbour in England
Source: Image by Simon Warren
How did your Bristol Harbourside project introduce new uses to a brownfield site and improve connections to the city?
A large part of the Harbourside site had been heavily contaminated by decades of industrial processes. Although it was in the centre of the city, it was surrounded by a high wall and had not been publicly accessible in living memory. In order to re-establish the area seamlessly into the wider city, it was important to make the site as permeable as possible and to establish useful links.
Our key idea was to make clear framed views from the site to well-known city landmarks, specifically the tower of the cathedral and the masts of Brunel’s SS Great Britain, situated permanently in the harbour. This had the effect of both establishing useful links and making spaces that were immediately identifiable as part of the city.
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Which architectural, material and other considerations are important when designing harbourside regeneration zones such as these?
The design and materiality of the spaces between the buildings are as important as the buildings, and we worked closely with the project’s landscape architect Grant Associates to get this right. The spaces form the routes through the project and link the city to the harbour. The external spaces form the overriding public framework, and it is essential to have a coherent strategy for hard surfaces and planting.
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At Bristol we were very concerned with making a dynamic connection with the water. A descending path allows the public to walk down to the harbour level. Surface water drainage is open, so when it rains, water channels become animated.
We used much of the stonework reclaimed from the derelict walls on the site to make some of the new structures. For us, having that direct physical connection to the site’s previous life is very important.
What advice would you have to participants on designing a new mixed-use masterplan for Bandirma in Turkey?
Our starting point would be to understand what’s there already, in terms of topography, structures, materials, landscape and local environmental conditions, and to work with that as much as possible. The solution should be open and linked to its surroundings.
Source: Image by Paul Raftery