superspace suggests floating housing modules to revitalize the valens archway in istanbul
superspace’s concept for the rejuvenation of the landmark lies in constructing a vertical wooden grid located above the archways. referencing the opening of the arches themselves, this grid would serve as a linear underlay for wooden housing modules that would be suspended above the walkway. the elevation of these modules mimics the aesthetic appearance of the arches below, their raised nature creating a natural promenade that plays out over multiple levels. each volume is clad in a heat treated wooden façade, conversing with the stone of the arches in a dialogue of old and new, hard and soft, heavy and light. ‘the linearity of the archway is emphasized with the infinite effect of the gridal system’, explains the studio, ‘making it the ground zero which has the infinite possibilities for future correlations with the city.