Through an integrated layering of dramatic garden landscapes, multi-level xperiences and environmental stimulators, the Bandirma Gardens of Imagination emerge from their historical remnants as an international symbol for creative endeavour.
The Bandirma Hayal Bahçeler represents a dynamic new direction for Turkey’s Balikesir region, strategically repositioning the city as a centre for innovation.
The design proposes a series of contrasting landscapes that repurpose the site within its historical setting.
Key features include an iconic Oval, a Botanic Garden, Gardens of Play, Gardens of the Future, Orchards and a Southern Terrace. Each space is framed by a dramatic natural urban forest that strengthens the sites existing Garrigue formation.
Integrated within the buildings are a series of laneway intrusions, historical extrusions and atrium patio’s that promote a fine grain, permeable and enclosed spatial experience whilst landmark buildings such as the ‘Beacon’ tower and Design Institute strengthen the sites city presence. Source by McGregor Coxall.
- Location: Balikesir, Turkey
- Architect: McGregor Coxall
- Collaborators: Nura Arquirectes
- Client: Balikesir Metropolitan Municipality
- Site Area: 26 ha
- Year: 2017
- Images: Courtesy of McGregor Coxall
Article by Marco Rinaldi