MAA created THE GATE as the intersection of Istanbul’s future and present

THE GATE by Melike Altınısık Architects

Turkish practice Melike Altinisik Architects – MAA participated with “THE GATE” interactive installation at Tersane Istanbul (Golden Horn Port) at the 21st Brand Conference.

“Where, how and what do we live? What kind of universe are we living in?”

Melike Altinisik Architects created “THE GATE” with these unanswered questions that are still looking for answers. MAA’s installation, “THE GATE”, creates an interactive spatial interface between the “present” and “future”. At the same time, MAA seeks to provide a new perspective that is sustainable awareness to heal the wounds we have left to nature and humanity for future generations.

THE GATE by Melike Altınısık Architects

“THE GATE”, like the Tersane, appeared at the intersection of 550 years of mossy and layered history and existed at the intersection of nature and humanity. “THE GATE” exists in a nebulous “moment” and “space” that encompasses movement, social interaction, and perceptual existence with the observer. People are constantly questioned throughout their lives.

“Presence and Future” is a general expression in nature and the universe that expresses duality and complementarity. All the spatial and functional transformations in the historical process of Tersane reflect a duality of continuity and discontinuity in its natural environment.

THE GATE by Melike Altınısık Architects

People encounter thresholds and do not know about them before entering this framework. When people see the sea, they dream of the earth, the sky when they touch the earth, the day when they know the night, and the “future” when they live in the “essence”.

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“THE GATE” refers to the historical process surrounding it in the physical layer, which takes the lead in its place. “THE GATE” preserves a new frame with a patio gate to the city, which contains contradictions, duality and the definition of infinity. At the same time, the perforated reflective surface at its center blurs all dualities. People face the city in this unique place where land and sea meet. By experiencing “THE GATE”, people can observe themselves and what they leave behind.

THE GATE by Melike Altınısık Architects

“THE GATE”, tells the present and future history through a digital layer that interacts with a reflective perforated metal surface at the intersection. The digital layer of AR (Augmented Reality Technology) in “THE GATE” confronts the observer with the worlds of “Presence” and “Future” at the intersection of time. The “Presentation” interface creates scenarios in the AR world to raise awareness of the climate issues that shake our world and lives every day.

THE GATE by Melike Altınısık Architects

“THE GATE” allows the audience to witness today’s destruction of nature in an ever-changing world and the surreal destruction of the urban landscape. People are beginning to understand the return of wild nature (re-wild nature) in the “future” interface as technological tectonics shift and evolve. Wild nature will revive in the “future”, and people, nature and technology will coexist harmoniously. Nature Resurrected will tell the story of a struggle to deal with today’s climate crisis.

THE GATE by Melike Altınısık Architects

“THE GATE” builds a long-lasting bridge between the present and the future and expresses itself through the AR Interface. Besides their morphology, it faces them with various scenarios. “THE GATE” is a metamorphosis, not a transformation. This journey that “THE GATE” has established over time is one of self-questioning in nature.

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“THE GATE” is the experience of balancing people, nature and technology.

For more on Melike Altinisik and MAA, you can listen to PA Talks 20 – Melike Altinisik

THE GATE by Melike Altınısık Architects

Project Information

Location: Tersane Istanbul
Year: 2022
size: 180 square meters
organization: MARKA 2022
Sponsor: Yapı Kredi World
treatment: Inter-Design Platform
Architect: Melike Altinisik Architects-MAA
Design: Melike Altinisik
Creative Media Chief: Bengu Ozmutlu
Project Team: Bengü Ozmutlu, Elifcan Merden, Ece Tunca
Project Creative Consultant: Melih Altinisik
Assistant team: Selen Bektas, Nursena Colak, Abdullah Mallah, Mert Nalıncıoglu, Duru Yolac, Seyma Olcay
Digital Manufacturing: MAALab
Manufacturing contractor: DDF – Dream Design Factory
Photography: GREYER – Mehmet Akif Sarı

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