Giant ‘seagull’ set to land on Istanbul skyline

The gateway goes behind the scenes of the world’s major transport hubs, revealing the logistics that keep goods and people moving. This month, the show is in Istanbul, Turkey.

 The planned new transport hub is designed to look like a flying seagull when viewed from the waters of the Bosphorus, as illustrated here by this CGI by creators, Hakan Kiran Architecture.

The planned new transport hub is designed to look like a flying seagull when viewed from the waters of the Bosphorus, as illustrated here by this CGI by creators, Hakan Kiran Architecture.

Wheeling around the skies above the ferry boats and cargo ships, seagulls are as a familiar sight above the Bosphorus as the commuters and containers on it.

Their enduring presence on Istanbul’s busy waterway will soon be further cemented with the construction of a new transport hub designed to look like the seabird in flight.

Perched on the western shores of the Bosphorus, the Kabatas Seagull Transportation Hub will enable new and improved connections for ferries, trains, buses and some small ships, says Ali Ulvi Altan, director of major projects for Hakan Kiran Architecture.

The building will house a new metro link, a tram station, an underpass for vehicles and ferry docks. When it opens, the new transport hub will facilitate the transfer of 90,000 travelers daily.

The building will house a new metro link, a tram station, an underpass for vehicles and ferry docks.

“Today this area carries around 60,000 passengers per day … when [the hub is completed it will carry] around 90,000 persons per day by our estimates,” Altan said.

The seagull was a natural choice for the design, says Altan, because the bird is the symbol of the Bosphorus.

The Istanbul-based architects will be assisted by Dutch engineering company, Royal HaskoningDHV who will be providing geotechnical, environmental and maritime expertise.

In addition to its iconic design, the building will incorporate green features including rainwater collection and a renewable energy facility.

In addition to its iconic design, the project will incorporate green features such as rainwater collection and a renewable energy facility.

 This drawing gives a birds-eye view of the proposed building.

This drawing gives a birds-eye view of the proposed building.

Work on the building is due to start next year, Altan says, and should be completed by 2015/16.

Source: CNN

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