Gonca Paşolar, co-founder and partner of EAA- Emre Arolat Architecture is one of the keynote speakers that will take part in the SHARE Tirana 2020 Forum. Born in Switzerland, she finished her studies at the Middle East Technical University in Ankara. She and Emre Arolat formed their own practice in Istanbul as EAA- Emre Arolat Architecture during 2004. Her presence and a strong spirit are sensed in EAA through the exhibitions and the worldwide lectures, in addition to her jury duties in a large number of international and national competitions.

Through her almost 20-year-old career, ms. Pasolar won many prestigious awards, among which European’s Center for Architecture 40 under 40 awards in 2010, for outstanding performance in Architecture and Design and a nomination for AJ’s Women Architects of the Year Award in 2015. Her surprising realisations guided her to become Managing Partner of EEA, a position she currently holds for practice for the New York, Istanbul and London offices. In 2017, Pasolar and Arolat were the Norman R.Foster Visiting Professors at the Yale School of Architecture.

Below we represent you some of the EAA- Emre Arolat Architecture best works.

Yalıkavak Palmarina

The main motivation of the project design, for the renewal and extension of the existing marina complex,  aimed both to correspond fully to the needs and desire of the new comers and to create a dialogue with the authentic qualities of the place, that would find its belongingness in the built and social aura of Yalikavak. This tendency may briefly be described as “being Mediterranean.”

Sancaklar Mosque

The building was designed as a response to the Sancaklar Family who wanted to build a mosque on a site overlooking the Buyukcekmece Lake, at a neighborhood of many gated communities. The main issue was a confrontation with the classical Ottoman mosque scheme, which became a blank anachronism with today’s construction techniques.

Antakya Museum Hotel

The archeological findings discovered in an excavation on the project site in Antakya, directed the employer who was planning to build a five-star hotel, to build a museum-hotel on the site. The dichotomy between the public program of an archeological park and the private use of the hotel becomes a major input in the design process.

Bergama Cultural Center

The commerce along the Cumhuriyet Avenue continues with the rambling stores that intrude the pedestrian walkways. To sustain the commercial life that exists here and at the same time not to displace the tradesman were the main reference points. In the design, the commercial units recede a step back to keep the alignment alongside the avenue and create a shaded arcade.This arcade creates an interior courtyard by surrounding the area from three sides allowing the stores to work towards both to the street and the courtyard.

Maslak No 1 Office Tower

The project for the office building to be situated on the Mecidiyekoy-Maslak axis, was conditioned by the tension between density of its environ and the tightness of the project site. It was the client’s wish that the building would be a prestigious building, just like all the other surrounding buildings which only meant to be prominent, having been developed with no certain rule, plan or order.

Eyüp Cultural Center and Marrıage Hall

The building’s scheme is organized as a part of the structural landmark to cater versatile cultural activities with its structure that is put between platforms on different levels. This structure has a nuptial hall, a 750m2 multi-purpose wedding hall where different events could be held, the foyer and many other subsidiary spaces. The theatre hall, is provided with acoustic features which will enable conference, seminar and mini concert events to be held.

Pilevneli Gallery

Pilevneli Gallery is an assertive example of adaptive re-use located in Dolapdere, a district at Taksim. The area is currently undergoing an urban transformation focused on art and culture. The gallery is situated on the main street, its structure demands attention with its characteristic neutral facade of anthracite vertical lamella and neatly composed linear openings.

Zorlu Center

In collaboration with Tabanlioglu Architects

The Zorlu Center is at the junction of the Bosphorus Bridge European connection and the Büyükdere axis that connects the city center with the business district Maslak. With its easy access from important centers of Istanbul, it is also one of the few sites that face south, with the old city view making it a ‘subject of desire’. The mixed use project being developed on this area deals with contradictions such as grandeur and modesty, public and private, institutional and domestic, social and distinguished, together with structural and topographical considerations.

Source: emrearolat.com

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