Turkish architecture firm Salon designed a sprawling masterplan proposal for the Beylikdüzü municipality in Istanbul entitled "Keeping the Life Valley Alive." A recently announced contest called for the design of a plan to join two sides of the valley without harming the ecosystem, allowing people a way to experience the valley. Salon responded with a design that combines pedestrian bridges, bicycle routes, observation terraces, morphing lighting and lots of greenery.
The proposal consists of three parts: Access the Valley, Feel the Valley, and Watch the Valley. Each part focuses on a different functional and atmospheric aspect of the project. With the intention to create a green space that is livable, accessible, sustainable and feasible, the architects divided the valley into zones, each further subdivided by theme and function.
Among the most prominent elements of the proposal are the bridges. Life Valley Bridge is expected to function as part of a touring route that will allow visitors to experience the valley from different perspectives. The Walker Bridge will create a unique walking route and – because the natural horizon will be blocked by the new bridges – recreates the horizon in shape and color. Along the observation decks, bicycle paths and pedestrian paths, the bridges are meant to provide a rich experience of the stunning natural surroundings.
The pathways are meant to stimulate the senses, providing an ideal view of the landscape and enhance the smells and sounds of the local flora and fauna. The lighting poles act as an extension to the bridge bearing system and turn into a performance with the movements of the visitors at night
According to the architects, “the watching terrace, the bicycle road, and the walking road provide a scenic walking route under the bridge and are hanging in the air. It is expected that this structural system and its supporting principle will give the visitors on the platform the feeling of hanging in the air and provide them with a liberating experience.”