The first product of the Augmented Structures project, Augmented Structures v1.1: Acoustic Formations, is an installation on the facade of the Yapı Kredi Cultural Center located on Istiklal Street in Istanbul. Architecture, mathematics, visual arts and memory by bringing together different interdisciplinary spatial structures that enhance the experience with shopping as a concept which is the product of a series called augmented installation, Refik Anadol and Alper derinbogaz was carried out in 2011 in partnership with.
The team’s installation is on the facade of the Yapı Kredi Cultural Center (YKK), which is a very important point for the street. Promenade on the Istiklal Street as a pedestrian is made in the year enstalayo YKK constantly evolving, growing through the years, the heart of Istanbul’s nightlife and tourism industry, urban location forced to be on that street entered into a struggle to readjust. The importance of the urban location of the building, which continued to this state after the renovation, was a guiding design input for Augmented Structures.
Augmented Structures transforms the inevitable sound ensemble on this crowded and busy street into a physical facade and a dynamic visual performance that synthesizes these sounds. The aim of the design here is to make the experience of pedestrians on the street a more active participation with the installation inside the city. In fact, Augmented Structures reveals a kind of conceptual paradigm: it treats the skin of the structure, the sound, the pedestrian and the environment as separate factors in the urban situation and questions the relationship between users and their built environment by creating a design that also includes structures and living factors. This inquiry is on Istiklal Caddesi with YKK and its dynamics, which are a critical example in the urban location war.
Istiklal Caddesi is a street that has existed for many years as an important social axis in the center of Istanbul; it is a place that reveals the fabric of Istanbul, which has changed with urban transformations throughout its history. Highly layered in a social, commercial and even urban sense, this street is also a fairly rich resource for sound memory that will create Augmented structures.
The street is one of the most palpable points of the city’s flood heart, which never sleeps, with the noise of constantly passing trams, the sound of hundreds of ice cream bells, and the overwhelming crowd (about 3 million people a day) somehow hidden up and down the street.
Augmented Structures, a process that combines architecture, digital design, sound engineering and visual arts, is a project that takes the acoustic memory of the street through many digital processes and transforms it into a physical one. For the installation, continuous quadrophonic recordings of sounds along the tramway were first taken. These records were then transformed into different geometries derived by productive modeling processes, resulting in a physical structure. The resulting visuals are parts of the dynamic sound performance to be performed on the YKK front.
Designer: Salon Alper Derinboğaz + Refik Anadol
Location: Istiklal Street, Taksim, Beyoğlu, Istanbul
Year of construction: 2011