Architect of historic Istanbul commemorated in London exhibition

Architect of historic Istanbul commemorated in London exhibition


The Building Centre in London is hosting an exhibition entitled “Sinan: The First Starchitect” exploring the life and work of Mimar Sinan, architect to the sultans of the Ottoman Empire and the man behind the panorama of historic Istanbul.

Sinan, a contemporary of Michelangelo, defined the look of the city, with its skyline of domes and minarets, but he is also renowned for his engineering skills, and the bridges and aqueducts he designed.

Unlike most of his contemporaries, many of his buildings are still in everyday use in the ancient imperial city.

In November 2015, Turkish Ceramics and the Architects’ Journal took a group of British architects to Istanbul and Edirne on a research trip to study the work of Sinan.

The trip has resulted in a book and exhibition featuring research projects conducted by the participating architecture practices; Ian Ritchie Architects, Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners, Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios, DSDHA, Reiach and Hall Architects, Sam Jacob Studio and Bureau de Change.

This exhibition focuses on Sinan’s mastery of the art of building, from his use of ceramics to his designs of mosque complexes and urban infrastructure.

The Building Centre itself exists to promote innovation in the built environment.

First established in 1931, the organisation is a not-for-profit group dedicated to providing education, information and inspiration to all sectors of the built environment as well as the general public.

Its building on South Crescent, Store Street, in central London, is open to all involved in architecture and construction and it is a place where you can learn and develop knowledge and join the ongoing debate about the built environment




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