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    Istanbul Pavilion

    by ArchitectureWeek

    Nestled in a park near Istanbul, Turkey is a semi-underground building dubbed "Chameleon." The project was commissioned by Borusan Company as a public exhibition and seminar space and designed by Global Architectural Development (GAD), an architecture firm that was founded in Turkey and has since moved to New York.

    The building's award-winning form was determined partly by its surroundings. In plan, it snakes around the surrounding trees, which were not permitted to be harmed by the construction. Ramps and multiple levels of the small structure respond to undulations in the landscape.

    The 3000-square-foot (280-square-meter) building in Parkorman Forest accommodates exhibition space, offices, and a cafe. Outside is a sculpture garden for Borusan's art collections.   >>>

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    North facade of the Chameleon, in Istanbul, Turkey, designed by Global Architectural Development.
    Photo: GAD

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    Sharp angles characterize both floor plan and lighting scheme.
    Photo: GAD

     

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