The Yenikapi Project by Eisenman Architects

Yenikapi Project

Yenikapi ProjectZuecca Projects is proud to present the incredible vision for The Yenikapi Transfer Point and Archaeological Park in Istanbul, designed by Peter Eisenman with his frm Eisenman Architects and Aytaç Architects. Revealed in a collateral event of the 14th International Architecture Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia, the design for the historic site includes a park, an archaeological museum, and a transit building adjacent to the new underground rail hub, construction of which uncovered important artifacts from the Roman and even neolithic eras.
Yenikapi ProjectThrough the presentation in Venice, curator Maurizio Bortolotti highlights mercantile trade links between Venice and the 1600 year old former Theodosius Port in Yenikapi, where the remains of 35 ships will be displayed as a main feature of the Archaeological Museum. On the Historic Peninsula, the Yenikapi area helps to bridge the European and Asian sides of the city.
Yenikapi ProjectFor its frst architectural presentation Zuecca Projects breaks new ground in its continued research into the unique Easternfacing cultural history of Venice and examines how this connects with contemporary art and architecture. Internationally renowned architect and educator Peter Eisenman’s work is characterized by a deconstructivist approach, notably in his collaborations with post-structuralist philosopher Jacques Derrida.
Yenikapi ProjectHis interest in the architectural strata of Venice is well documented and The Yenikapi Project draws on the relationship between his projects for Venice and Istanbul. In collaboration with Aytaç Architects, Eisenman Architects approached The Yenikapi Project with three fundamental aspects in mind: urban vision, urban design, and architectural design.
Yenikapi ProjectDrawing parallels between the two cities, Eisenman discusses a shared ‘palimpsest’ in both the architecture and societies of Venice and Istanbul. As both cities have developed, intricate trails of evidence have been left behind from former incarnations. The Yenikapi Project continues the palimpsest example, explored in-depth through the multimedia presentation at Zuecca Projects Space.
Yenikapi ProjectSplit into four quadrants, the exhibition includes drawings, models, the ongoing urban design and archaeological museum projects, as well as images and animations of an installation of the archaeological excavations still underway. Originally known for staging exhibitions in the workhouse of a lovingly restored Venetian convent, Zuecca Projects now stages exhibitions around the globe in partnership with leading international cultural institutions.
Yenikapi ProjectThe Zuecca Projects Space sits within the Zitelle Palladian complex and adjoins Le Zitelle church and the Bauers Palladio, part of The Bauers’ group of Venice’s most prestigious hotels. This centuries old family-run Venetian institution provides in-kind support to Zuecca Projects in order to promote cultural exchange between Venice and the rest of the world.
Yenikapi ProjectLocation: Istanbul, Turkey
Architects: Eisenman Architects
Partner: Aytaç Architects
Exhibition: XIV Biennale di Venezia


  1. Looks like an eel met a wiper sniper. Honestly can’t this bloke do a building without cutting it to shreds? Is there a reason for all this deconstruction, this stylistic vivisection other than some deep physiological need to show his cultural history in built form, and is it a valid solution for anything other than a holocaust museum.

  2. Honestly, I think this project is of very low architectural quality. What about the matter of scale? What are the arguments for such form? It looks like a project of the 2nd year bachelor student of architecture, very average student… They (students) all try to put some long deconstructed “snake” in a vast site, because they lack experience and imagination in dealing with the development of big territories. What is more, to my understanding it has nothing to do with the theme of archeology. I realy lack good architectural critisizm of such architectural mainstream in architectural blogs and articles. Even big names do bad job. Why it is so incredible? For an incredible amount of sq. m? or Semi-nice vizualizations?

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