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ANNOUNCEMENT OF THE FINALISTS OF THE TREE HOUSE PARK DESIGN COMPETITION
FINALISTS OF THE TREE HOUSE PARK DESIGN COMPETITION
The 10 finalists of the Tree House Park Design competition organized by the GAD Foundation have been awarded.
We thank everyone for participating. It was a rich and impressive list of nature oriented architects & designers from all over the world!
AWARD WINNERS WILL BE ANNOUNCED ON SEP 29,2021.

Bethany Hird

Chai Yi Yang

JPAG Atelier (Jean Paul El Hachem – Ralph Nassif)

41NE (Angie Aguilera – Emma Amidei – Oliver Perrett)

Alejandro Moreno Guerrero

Dhruv Shah – SNEHA Dhanuka

Carla Bonilla Huaroc – Samia Kayyali

Arda Ertan Yildiz

OVERVIEW

TREE HOUSE PARK

What

The Tree House Park Competition calls on young architects to envision tree houses in daily urban life as a new typology bringing man and nature closer together. The Istanbul based GAD Foundation, the organiser of the competition, offers a total of $15000 in award prizes and $8000 to the winning design and the opportunity to build the proposal. The design project selected 2nd will be awarded $4000 and 3rd will be awarded $2000.


When

Launched January 2021 with initial registration of “Statement of Intent” and portfolio due on March 15, 2021. Finalists will be announced on April 1, 2021. Designs will be required to be submitted by April 30, 2021. Award winners will be announced on Sep 29, 2021.

How


The competition will be organised in two phases and is open to all young architects 30 years of age and under who seek to explore the ecological possibilities of architecture for the 21st century. Competition registration is free.
The 1st phase will require entrants to submit a “Statement of Intent” of 500 words and a portfolio of relevant work due on March 15, 2021. The 2nd phase will start on April 1, 2021 with the publication of the 10 finalists chosen from first phase.

Where


The competition is set in a 19.250m2 site in Istanbul, Turkey, in a forested area in the district of Cekmekoy, a low density residential zone on the Asian side of the city. It is home to 265,000 of Istanbul’s 15.5 million residents and has witnessed rapid urban growth in the 2000s and 2010s. Cekmekoy is today a mix of low and high-density housing but also contains natural areas with wildlife and indigenous forest.

Who


Organized by GAD Foundation in partnership with Ege Yapi and Casper Computer. The partners are stakeholders in sites neighbouring the competition site and are invested into improving the surrounding areas for the benefit of the public at large with the cooperation of local government and agencies.

Why


To promote a new natural urban environment based on living in forests and amongst trees with the tree house dwelling as the focus. The “Tree House Park” competition seeks to extend design insight into architecture embedded and in harmony with the natural world with trees and tree habitation as the focus of ecological design. This competition proposes generation of architectural ideas also for outdoor activities for a forested area that could also be suitable for implementation in protected green areas throughout the city of Istanbul as an example of the conservation of nature within cities at a global scale.

PARTNERS

GAD Foundation

EGE YAPI

CASPER

Jury

INANC KABADAYI

CEO of EGE YAPI

Istanbul-born businessman, civil engineer and developer who constructed many mixed use property development projects in Istanbul. He studied Civil Engineering at Istanbul Technical University. Innovation, technology and global change drive his efforts as the CEO of EGE Yapi in the diverse fields of construction.

NEJAT SALDANLI

BOARD MEMBER of CASPER

Nejat Saldanli of Casper is a businessman, born in 1962, who sets the issue of digital transformation of SMEs as his mission. He has worked as a bridge between universities and industrial institutions in this regard, also actively takes part in various companies and organizations where he is on the management and administrative board.

WINKA DUBBELDAM

Architect and Professor

Winka Dubbeldam, MArch MS-AAD, is a seasoned academic and design leader, serving as Chair and Miller Professor of Architecture at the University of Pennsylvania Stuart Weitzman School of Design, where she has gathered an international network of innovative research and design professionals. She is the founding partner of New York base architecture practice Archi-Tectonics.

GOKHAN AVCIOGLU

Architect

Gokhan Avcioglu completed his education at the Konya Selcuklu University Department of Architecture. He is the Principal and Founder of the architecture practice Global Architectural Development in Istanbul, established in 1994. In 2014, he founded the GAD Foundation to conduct research and development on architecture and urban culture.

Chris Precht

Architect

Chris Precht is the co-founder of architectural studio Precht. After training at University of Innsbruck, Technical University of Vienna and teaching at the Institute of Experimental Architecture, he established Precht in the mountains of Austria with Fei Precht where they live and work.

David Basulto

Founder and Editor in Chief of ArchDaily

David Basulto is a graduate architect from Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile (2006). He is the Founder and Editor in Chief of ArchDaily, and its global sites in English, Spanish, Portuguese and Chinese.

Andreas Wenning

Architect

Andreas Wenning of tree house architecture expert practive Baumraum from Bremen, Germany has a unique architectural style that has made him one of the most technical and innovative architects in the treehouse field globally.

Young People’s Advisory Jury

LARA KABADAYI

STUDENT

Lara was born in Istanbul. She is currently studying architecture at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York with a minor in sustainability. Her studies have been published in InProcess magazine. She was president of the IGC club at university. She has worked as an intern at HPP and Cetraruddy.

LARA MARRONE

STUDENT

Lara Marrone born in Istanbul is a half Turkish half Italian student at the Liceo Italiano. She is interested in tenis, music, drama and travel.

HAYAL KARAKUS

STUDENT

Hayal Karakus born in Istanbul is a Turkish-American student at the Lycée Français Pierre Loti d’Istanbul. She is interested in women’s rights, the environment and international politics. She has previously worked as an intern at the Ek Bic Ye Ic urban farm in Istanbul.

COMPETITION BRIEF

TREE HOUSE PARK – ENVISIONING NATURE FOR ACTIVITY

The tree house in the modern period is an architecture typology distinct from the use of structures in trees built by prehistoric and indigenous peoples. In the premodern period these structures above the ground primarily offered protection from wild animals, enemies, and the flooding of nature that was hostile to human existence. The architecture of tree structures camouflaged among the leaves by indigenous people was an outgrowth of indigenous structures raised above the ground on stilts and struts. As such this architecture has an architectural language derived from vernacular construction and the availability and application of timber resources in forested zones primarily in tropic and subtropic climates. But over the last hundred years, modern tree houses have transformed to provide a spatial and sensual experience of nature as a building type with it’s own architectural style. An architectonic development of the tree house has resulted in numerous options for building in trees. Stay rods, fasteners, bolts, belts and cables are now used with timber to build modern tree houses. As such part of the task in this competition is to take a position on on the design of structures in trees and forests. Competitors should in the design adress the task of engaging a living foundation, the unstable parameters of nature, and user/habitant.

The main theme of the competition is based on the idea of a “Tree House Park” that will host a number of tree houses and activities set inside a forested area. The forest area will be organized as a park with outdoor activities such as a walking path and zones for physical activity to stimulate exploration and discovery. The tree houses and primary park activities are envisioned to be in and on a network of walking paths and spaces. The design strategy of the competition will be to retain the natural materials and character of the forested area as a nature reserve. The competition calls for a non invasive approach to the design of the park where a ecosystems are supported and new construction minimized.

TREE HOUSE PARK POSSIBLE FEATURES

  • Trails
  • Tree Houses
  • Swings and Ladders For Children
  • Natura Observation Point
  • Stargazing High Platform
  • Flowing Water
  • Climbing Elements
  • Yoga/Meditation Zones
  • Outdoor Event Theatre
  • Dog Walking Zone
  • WC
Types of Tree Houses

  • Individual Houses
  • Houses For Group Use
  • Thematic For Small Children
  • Social Area For Teenagers
  • Party Spaces For Adults
Building Criteria for the Tree House

The architecture of the tree house is expected to be based on building on foundations on trees and elevated off the ground on columns with a light touch on the landscape. A technical document outlining the site plan with information on trees and other flora will be provided to all competition entrants.

TECHNOLOGY & CONSTRUCTION REQUIREMENTS

The building design in terms of construction lightweight structure with fixing elements.
Competitors are asked to conceive of construction the latest robotic and digital fabrications methods. Also the use of technology in the daily life of the park is a desired outcome. Technology integration at all levels and disciplines is an important factor in a successful proposal for the “Tree House Park Design” Competition.

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DOCUMENTS

DRAWINGS
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PHOTOS
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ANALYSIS
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THE SITE CEKMEKOY

Forest:
Coniferous pine forest, bushes and grass

Developers:
Ege Yapi and Casper

The plot:
19000 m2 forested area

Cekmekoy is a municipal district in the Asian suburbs of Istanbul, Turkiye. Historically it was a rural town on the periphery of Istanbul with a population of 1.938 in 1980. It became a district in 2009 having separated from the municipality of Umraniye. Also the towns of Omerli, Alemdag, and Tasdelen villages, 17 neighborhoods and four other towns joined Cekmekoy district in the same year to create the borders of the present municipality. In 2019 the population density of Cekmekoy was 1,763/km making it one of the least dense districts of the metropolitan city of Istanbul.

“A TREE HOUSE IS IRONICALLY A HOUSE WITHOUT A FOUNDATION, THAT EMBRACES A TREE AND ROOTED TO THE GROUND ONLY THROUGH THAT TREE. THE HOUSE LITERALLY SWAYS IN THE SKY REPRESENTING FREEDOM IN MODERN LIFE BUT IS PROFOUNDLY GROUNDED AS IRONIC DUALITY. DESIGNS MAY ADDRESS THIS DUALITY BETWEEN SKY AND GROUND AS WELL AS OTHER QUALITIES SUCH AS ADVENTURE-SECURITY,
ENTROPY-STASIS, DOMESTICITY AND WILD NATURE AND THE CONTRADICTION OF INHABITING A LIVING PLACE THAT RESHAPES YOUR WORLD AN IN TURN SHAPES YOUR CHOICES.”

INSPIRED BY TREES

Parameters Of Nature

ABOUT GAD FOUNDATION

Architecture is a reflection of our society. Everything is important from the big picture to the smallest detail in architecture. Since every single piece is playing a part of the masterpiece, every movement will cause an dissonance in the end.Since 2013, Gokhan Avcioglu & GAD Foundation has brought professionals and students together from all around the world to discuss and plan on issues related to architecture, design, society, education, culture and environment. GAD Foundation works to effect positively practice and theory with a focus on the education, society and their intersection of architecture and politics. GAD Foundation team organize workshops, arrange internships, curate exhibitions, create student exchange programs, write and publish books, engage architectural figures with students and society. GAD Foundation is open to generous members and supporters who make possible to develop aim of foundation and grow. GAD Foundation aims to cultivate architecture, construction, engineering and installation cultures; raise awareness and spread word on the topics of education; protect documental values and establish the necessary organization towards these goals; promote Turkish Architecture and art production abroad; enhance the solidarity among architects; support and reward the works towards education and applications; conduct directive operations in order to increase architectural creativity; inform the people about architecture; contribute to operations that provides cutting edge educational systems in educational institutions; help successful students with all kinds of support to ensure their education. For the purposes of the foundation, can collaborate with the individuals that educate in art, culture, and the areas of education to create mutual products and create opportunities for mutual production. Foundation is also able to create domestic and/or foreign any type of academic, artistic, and cultural events and to attend these events. One of the purpose of foundation is establishing educational and academic institutions like kinder garden, high school, to rent and get hired to manage to provide the foundation’s services; promotion of cultural establishments and conferences to improve these types of establishments and arranging domestic and foreign visits; to provide income to the foundation, providing services like educational institutions, collaboration of architects and providing spaces for architects to work, and opportunities to work.

FAQ



1. Can we register for the competition as a group?

Yes, competitors can register as a group. During registration there should be ONE consolidated portfolio and ONE statement of intent. The contents of the portfolio should exhibit the designs of the group.

2. What types of projects should be included in submitted portfolios?

Projects in the portfolio should represent the creative efforts of the submitting individuals/groups with special attention being paid to ecological architecture/design and designs that integrate technology and nature in innovative ways.

3. Is there a fee to register?

Registration for the competition is free.

4. Are students eligible to register?

The competition is open to architects, designers, planners and ecologists 30 years of age and under regardless of working or education status.

5. Is the competition international?

The competition is an international competition. The competition site is in Cekmekoy, Istanbul, Turkey.

6. Who are the competition organizers?

The competition is organized by the GAD Foundation with partners, Ege Yapi and Casper Computer.

7. What type of competition is this?

This is a 2 Phase INVITED competition. Registration for the competition’s First Phase is an open call for all architects, designers, planners and ecologists 30 years of and under. From these registered entrants, 10 finalists will be INVITED to submit design proposals for the Second Phase. The Main Jury will select the winning designs from the 10 invited proposals.

REGISTER FOR THE COMPETITION

You can register for the competition by submitting your name, email and a “Statement of Intent” up to 500 words with a link to your portfolio in this form. Or you can email your “Statement of Intent” and your portfolio to treehouseparkdesign@gadfoundation.com

We will confirm your registration on receipt of your documents.

Adress: Harbiye Mah. Abdi Ipekci Cad. Park Apt. No: 19-1 Kat: 6
34367 Istanbul, Turkey

Tel: +90 (212) 327 51 25
www.gadarchitecture.com