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Project Description


Client: Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts
Curators: Mehmet Kütükçüoğlu, Ertuğ Uçar, Feride Çiçekoğlu
Project Team: Hüner Aldemir, Hande Ciğerli, Gökçen Erkılıç, Nazlı Tümerdem, Yiğit Yalgın
Design & Production Team: Caner Bilgin, Serdar Albaz, Yiğitalp Behram, Burak Sancakdar, Hüseyin Komşuoğlu
Curatorial Collaboration: Cemal Emden, Namık Erkal
Date: 2016
Location : Pavilion of Turkey, la Biennale di Venezia / Venice

The project title Darzanà means dockyard and it is a hybrid word, like the Turkish word tersane and the Italian word arsenale. These words are derived or distorted from the same root, the Arabic dara’s-sina’a (place of industry). They all originate from the common language that developed in the Mediterranean from the 11th to the 19th century among people such as sailors, travellers, merchants, and warriors. Known as Lingua Franca, this was a shared language when Mediterranean was the main vessel connecting the surrounding cultures. In the same vein, it is possible to talk of a common architectural language and to define it as Architectura Franca.

Despite their very different identities and populations today, Venice and Istanbul once both featured considerable dockyards of similar sizes and production. The common core of these dockyards was the shipsheds called “volti” in Italian and “göz” in Turkish. The shipshed is the building block of a shared architectural heritage; its proportions grow out of the dimensions of boats and of common building technologies. It is like an archetypal womb, which gives birth to boats and lets them float out to other ports. Darzanà links a shipshed of İstanbul with a shipshed of Venice by a vessel. For the project Darzanà, a last vessel, a baştarda was built earlier this year at an abandoned shipshed at the Haliç dockyards in Istanbul.

Further Readings :

The Pavilion of Turkey Announces the Projetc to be Exhibited at the Architecture Biennale 2016

Darzanà: Two Arsenales, One Vessel

Darzanà Book Has Been Published

Darzanà Re-Constructed Within The Scope of HARBOR Exhibition @istanbulmodern