Constructed valleys revealed for Istanbul landscape

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JDS Architects has designed a mixed-use complex called “Zeytinburnu City” on Istanbul’s coastline with the aim of maximising views towards the sea of Marmara in the shape of constructed peaks and valleys.

It presents a series of continuous spirals of buildings that rise and fall in curves. This arrangement of buildings allows each living unit to have increased views of the sea.

In addition to housing units, the project also includes commercial areas and public spaces placed on the ground level.

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Higher up the architects used the facades to arrange gridded balconies, with waterways following the structure’s overall arrangement. This brings the sea into the group of alternating peak and valley forms.

When viewed from the water front, the city appears as a group of curving constructed mountains.

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