The selected project will be built in 2013 in Istanbul Modern’s courtyard

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The five finalists of the YAP Istanbul Modern: Young Architects Program have been announced

Eingabedatum: 30.11.2012


The selected project will be built in 2013 in Istanbul Modern’s courtyard

The finalists of theYAP Istanbul Modern: Young Architects Program, initiated by Istanbul Modern in collaboration with The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) and MoMA PS1, under the co-sponsorship of Polimeks and VitrA have been announced. To be held biannually during the summer, the YAP Istanbul Modern: Young Architects Program offers young emerging architects the opportunity to design temporary exterior installations through an innovative approach to architectural design.

The jury consists of Barry Bergdoll (MoMA), Cevdet ErekÇelenk Bafra (Istanbul Modern), Emre ArolatHan TümertekinLevent Çalikoglu (Istanbul Modern), Melkan TabanliogluOya Eczacibasi (Istanbul Modern), Pedro Gadanho (MoMA), Pelin Dervis (YAP Istanbul Modern Coordinator) and Suha Özkan (President of the Jury). The jury convened on November 2012 and selected the five finalists from among the young candidates put forth by nominators from across Turkey and the TRNC. Finalists are the design group of Evren Basbug, Inanç Eray, Meriç Kara, Engin AyazSevince Bayrak and Oral Göktas (SO? Architecture and Ideas); Ömer Selçuk Baz (Yalin Mimarlik); Alper Derinbogaz (Salon2); Onat Öktem and Zeynep Öktem (ONZ Architects). 

Opening in 2013, the Yap Istanbul Modern: Young Architects Program will be an expansion of the Young Architects Program International carried out at MoMA PS1 in New York, the National Museum of XXI Century Arts (MAXXI) in Rome, and the cultural organization CONSTRUCTO in Santiago.

The Young Architects Program International offers young designers and architects the opportunity to design spaces that promote uses such as rest, play, and relaxation as well as host diverse events such as shows, music, dance, exhibitions, and performances. Architects are encouraged to address environmental issues such as sustainability and recycling and to create innovative projects providing elements such as shade, water, and seating that increase the possibilities of use in open-air spaces.

Within the scope of the project, the temporary installation built in Istanbul Modern’s courtyard throughout the summer of 2013 will be used by museum visitors of all ages and will host museum activities addressing especially the young audience.

The designs proposed by the finalists will be assessed by the jury in February 2013. One of these proposals will be selected and launched in Istanbul Modern’s courtyard in June 2013, concurrently with the designs of the Young Architects Program International at MoMA PS1 and MAXXI. In addition to their respective winners, all Young Architects Program International locations will feature an exhibition showcasing the designs proposed by finalists of the 2013 summer program.



Polimeks’ projects make a difference with their designs. A holistic approach that apprehends the relationship between form and context encompasses all of the projects developed by Polimeks. The company places a particular importance for developing works that impress with their designs. Its architectural staff are competent and creative. Polimeks prides itself upon being able to envision and construct monuments, cultural-artistic complexes, airports, hotels and housing communities, as well as many industrial premises, which all bear the marks of the cultural heritage of the respective countries. One highlight is the Ashgabat Olympic Complex which is one of the biggest sport complexes in Asia. Polimeks’ regard for cohesion in its designs, and its ability to achieve this successfully, has been honored with an award in the "Public Service Architecture" category at European Property Awards 2012. Each year, Polimeks offers scholarships and employment opportunities to students of architectural departments. This will enable us to discover young and gifted architects that will create our architectural future.


VitrA and Architectural Culture

As the market leader of bathroom products and ceramic tiles in Turkey, VitrA reinterprets the genuine values of Turkish bathroom and ceramic culture in accordance with the standards of contemporary architecture. Within this framework, VitrA positions itself as a solution partner and undertakes a series of projects focused on the best examples of contemporary architecture and architectural culture. With this in mind, an ambitious project, entitled “Architectural Excursion with VitrA” has been initiated in collaboration with Bilgi University in 2006. The project, which aims to contribute to the education of future architects by creating a platform of up-to-date information on architectural works, has been further enriched with a series of exhibitions, panel discussions and publications. In 2011, in order to contribute to the establishment of an architectural memory, VitrA and Turkish Association of Architects in Private Practice have put into practice the “VitrA Contemporary Architecture Series”. The project focuses on different typologies of buildings, all realized after the year 2000 within the scope of creating an architectural archive, sparking a debate around contemporary architecture and setting a base for new works. It includes various works and events such as a book, exhibitions and panel discussions.


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