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Kartal Pendik Masterplan

Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA)

ZHA's project for new social and infrastructure networks on an abandoned industrial area on the shores of Bosphorus.


This video is part of a series by Zaha Hadid shown at Visions, the 2009 Beyond Media festival in Florence. "The View Master" series included videos from some of the most outstanding architectural studios that used film as part of their investigation. The MVRDV’s View Master is also available on The Architecture Player.


The Kartal-Pendik masterplan is a winning competition proposal for a new city center on the east bank of Istanbul. As Zaha Hadid's proposal stated, "the masterplan proposes the conversion of the obsolete quarry and industrial buildings existing on the site. As a new center of employment, housing, education and culture on the Sea of Marmara, the proposal incorporates Istanbul's multi-modal urban plan, which integrates the city’s growth without increasing demand on the existing social and infrastructure networks along the Bosphorus and Golden Horn in the center of the city."

Thus, the video produced along with the proposal shows the masterplan through maps and diagrams: with no accompanying soundtrack, the video is meant to be displayed as an analytic display of the fluxes that would form and structure the area. The future cityscape is rendered through white and grey formations, that seems to mimic natural mineral formations, while channeling a distinct design. The overall concept is influenced by liquid and fluid forms, true to Zaha Hadid’s signature style.

The View Master’s accompanying text of 2009 explained that "the fabric is articulated by an urban script that generates different typologies of buildings that respond to the different demands of each district. This calligraphic script creates open conditions that can transform from detached buildings to perimeter blocks, and ultimately into a hybrid system that can create a porous, interconnected network of open spaces that meanders through the city."
In the video, we do not see the buildings, the high-end stores and hotels, as the visualization is mainly focused on the links and infrastructure, that are the focal point of the project.

The Kartal masterplan site lies at the confluence of important transport links, including the highway connecting Istanbul to Europe and Asia, ferry terminals and port, as well as rail links to the greater metropolitan area. As Zaha Hadid Architects wrote, "the design ties together the existing infrastructure and urban fabric surrounding the site by connecting the major roads emerging from Kartal in the west and Pendik in the east. Integrating these lateral connections with the main longitudinal axis creates a new soft grid that defines the underlying framework of the proposal".

"The masterplan is further articulated by an adaptable urban script that generates different typologies of buildings in response to the different demands of each new district; creating a porous, interconnected network of spaces throughout the city."

Authors icon Credits

Architect: Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA)
Design: Zaha Hadid and Patrik Schumacher
Produced by: A.P. Komen and Karen Murphy
Mentioned project: Kartal Masterplan (2006)
Project location: Istanbul, Turkey

Turkey 2006
Duration: 1'33"