BeÅŸiktaÅŸ Fish Market


Seriously, I love this project.

Designed by GAD [Global Architectural Development], it’s a new fish market in Istanbul’s Besiktas district. Inhabiting a triangular urban site, the fish market was in need of a new structure – and as a solution, GAD created a simple concrete-shell that covers the market. Column-free, the new building is little more than a roof – curving down to meet the ground at the triangular site’s 3 points. The new market therefore retains the scale of the streets – defining a narrow passage between the buildings – while remaining open and public.

Plus, it’s just sick. And plus, look at how pretty that photo is above – with the yellow/orange glow of the sky, and the orange glow of the lights in the market reflecting off the concrete…damn.


Located in one of Istanbul’s most populated and diverse neighborhoods, Beşiktaş is an eclectic area with a village-like atmosphere that is in the process of urban renewal.

The BeÅŸiktaÅŸ Fish Market is located on a triangular site. It is an iconic venue where many locals and visitors buy fresh fish daily. The construction of the old fish market was in very poor shape and needed to be replaced.

The design solution was to maintain its iconic neighborhood presence, while also reaffirming its welcoming feeling. GAD designed a triangular shaped concrete shell covering the entire site with large openings at street level. The concrete shell provides a column-free interior space, optimizing the project’s programmatic needs. The new design injects a contemporary and pragmatic solution, at once preserving the fish market’s history [via].



.:more images -> courtesy of GAD

.:via our new partner -> +mood

Posted: December 10th, 2008
at 5:00am by orangemenace

Categories: architecture

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  2. That’s a cool project. I hadn’t seen it before, so thanks for sharing it. The site reminds me of a competition for a market in Mexico City a couple years ago.

    Sinking Cities

    20 Dec 08 at 3:48 am


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