seapeaker
Young Architects Program, İstanbul Modern
February 2013

seapeaker is a hearing aid for İstanbul. It highlights the city's muted qualities in an unexpected way. Designed using rigorous acoustical principles and the generative capacities of the site, seapeaker amplifies sounds of the sea underneath and punctures a new connection inbetween. Placed diagonally in Istanbul Modern's courtyard, seapeaker organizes the previously empty space into a shaded hang-out area and a multi-functional venue, in which various spectacles and performances can unfold.

seapeaker uses various strategies for environmental sustainability, including analog sound amplification, seawater cooling, natural ventilation, energy-efficient lighting and re-used plywood materials. Socioeconomically, seapeaker involves regional maritime craftsmen for construction, while suggesting a fresh urban approach for other coastal infill sites in İstanbul and beyond.

Design Group:
Evren Başbuğ (M.Arch. / METU, İstanbul Bilgi Uni., [ steb.co ] )
İnanç Eray (M.Arch. / METU, Architectural Association, [ inanceray.com ] )
Meriç Kara (Designer / METU, Domus Academy, [ merickara.com ] )
Engin Ayaz (Interaction Designer, Sustainability Exp. / Stanford Uni., New York Uni., [ enginayaz.com ] )

Design Team:
Hüseyin Komşuoğlu ( Senior Architect, [ steb.co ] )
Eren Aksu ( Footage, Video Editing, [ vimeo.com/erenaksu ] )
David Rossmann ( Visualisation, [ stack-studios.com ] )
Çağlar Gezen ( Cost Estimation / B.Arch. / Uni. of Florence )
Fırat Doğan ( B.Arch. / ITU, İstanbul Bilgi Uni. )
İbrahim Tosun ( Stu. of Arch. / İstanbul Bilgi Uni. )
Ediz Altan ( Stu. of Arch. / İstanbul Bilgi Uni. )
Cenk Sezgin ( Tech. Consultant / Galatasaray Uni., [ cenksezgin.com ] )

Consultants Group:
Mehmet Kütükçüoğlu ( M.Arch. / METU, Sci-Arch, [ teget.com ] )
Assoc. Prof. Güven İncirlioğlu ( M.Arch., Artist / METU, City Uni. NY, Bilkent Uni., [ xurban.net ] )
Chris Neighbour ( Civil Engineer / Cambridge Uni., [ arup.com ] )
Jolyon Smith ( Mechanical Engineer, Cambridge Uni., [ arup.com ] )
Assoc. Prof. Arzu Gönenç Sorguç ( MSc Mechanical Engineer, Acoustics Exp. / METU, [ metu.edu.tr/~arzug ] )
Luca Dellatorre ( Acoustics Exp. / Arup Acoustics London, [ arup.com ] )
Shane Myrbeck ( Acoustics Exp. / Arup Acoustics San Francisco, [ arup.com ] )
Pelin Numan ( Material Connexion İstanbul, [ tr.materialconnexion.com ] )
Özgür İnam ( Gözüyılmaz Engineering / Shipyard Industry )
İdil Erkol ( M.Arch. / MSFAU, ITU )

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