I continue on from where I left off in Arsenale… Rehul Mehrotra’s Ephemeral Landscapes is very impressive. Its conceptual frame is quite strong, with a very rich content. I can’t help but think of the same question yet again: Wouldn’t I be better off  if I were to see all these in a book in the calm of my desk instead of this bombardment of hundreds of side by side, even nested works all together? What would be the loss? Probably nothing. Yes, conceptual depth and a rich context, they are absolute musts. However to have a  brilliant exhibition performance and to strike as an attractive one off experience in the visitors’ imaginations are also very important. Just like a notable space creates ease in one’s mind… I quickly pass by a couple of insignificant works that just try to look good. Right before lunchtime I can’t help but catch a glimpse of the outside. While we are dealing with self-proclaimed architectural issues, outside the real life is going on… Pablo Picasso, enjoying the sunshine, is chatting with his neighbors… Read more
I didn’t think I would be this impressed with Darzana, on show at the Turkish Pavilion. As I mentioned before, I had found the conceptual background and the mental references quite convincing, assessing the selection process as an outsider. Still when I came across the “baştarda” composed of more than 500 pieces from different ships and periods, surrounded by the dimness of the exhibition hall, its walls covered with the patina of so many years, I totally got the goose bumps. I may be taking sides but I really think it has a a very important place in all the country pavilions I have seen so far in Arsenale. Feride Çiçekoglu, Mehmet Kütükçüoğlu, Ertuğ Uçar and all the others who have put in an effort one way or the other have to be congratulated wholeheartedly. There is also a book for Darzana. Bülent Erkmen with his mastery has turned the texts of Namık Erkal and Vera Constantini and the incredible photos of Cemal Emden, which can be hang on any wall on their own, into a highly qualified and a perpetual book. Probably one of the reasons I  like this project is the competent mediation it presents while positioning itself with […] Read more
The collateral events of the Bienalle are also being followed with great interest this year. Time Space Existence in Palazzo Bembo is one of them. During the preview evenings it did take quite some time to reach the stairs, while trying to bypass the giant Parmigiano on the right hand side of the entrance hall. Our exhibition arch l strata l antioch is in the main hall of the second floor. The exhibition showcases the Antakya Museum Hotel Project located in the center of Antakya, Turkey, close to the St. Pierre Church which is one of the most important pilgrimage sites of Christianity. Through images text, videos and the model, the exhibit highlights the complex layers and the unique manner of the project displaying how architecture can cause paradigm shift in interpreting private and public. The arch l strata l antioch will be open till the end of the Biennale but of course you can check out its details on our website (www.emrearolat.com) as well. Though I never come to the biennalles with great enthusiasm, I tend to cheer up once I step onto Venice. Everyone should have a taste of it, the experience of being in this magnificient urban landscape, away from the worries of […] Read more
Starting the day with a late breakfast around San Marco.  I like the idea actually, as I end up with Spagetti Vongole. Then with the guilt of what I ate, I  hurry towards Giardini. The smell of  jasmine stretching for meters intoxicates me. The statue of Murer and the cubes of Scarpa are still above water. This place is a heaven on earth… I don’t know how many times I did it before but my feet take me again to the no longer in use ticket kiosk, it moves me every time with its grace. I caress once again the joints of metal and wood. And then as if by reflex, bypassing all the other buildings, I head towards Sverre Fehn’s legendary Nordic Pavilion. But what on earth is that? Looks as if there is a new pile in the building. I can’t believe my eyes. Although its cascading volume and its material feel just right for the building, as if derived from its own genes, then again this mass brutally interrupts the visual continuity of this once remarkable ceiling.  Moreover the slender trees are gone as well. “What for?” I ask myself. Without hanging out long at the exhibition […] Read more
EAA – Emre Arolat Architecture will be in Venice with archstrataantioch in Time Space Existence exhibition taking place in Palazzo Bembo as a Collateral Event of the 15th International Architecture Exhibition of la Biennale di Venezia. Read more
Abdullah Gül University Sümer Campus by EAA – Emre Arolat Architecture receives the 15. National Architecture Award for Building Category. Read more
Sancaklar Mosque has been selected as one of 30 projects to be visited by the RIBA jury for the RIBA Internatıonal Prize. Read more
EAA – Emre Arolat Architecture is nominated in three different categories for the 15. National Architecture Awards. AGÜ Sümer Campus in Kayseri has been nominated for the Building Category, Abdullah Gül Presidential Museum and Library in Kayseri for the Building/Conservation Category and Prague Turkish Embassy Building in Prague, Czech Republic has been nominated for Project Category  in the 15. National Architecture Awards. Read more
Qatar Museums Authority has announced today the 8 finalists for the Art Mill International Competition in Doha, Qatar. EAA – Emre Arolat Architecture has been selected as one of the 8 finalists to progress to the third and final stage of the Art  Mill International Design Competition amongst the longlisted 26 architectural offices including prominent names such as Eduardo Souto De Moura, Sou Fujimoto and David Chipperfield. A total of 489 offices from 56 different countries had applied for the initial stage of the competition. Read more
Architects in Concrete Awards (AICA) India Festival is an annual celebration in architecture, landscape design and interior design. EAA has been represented in four categories where each project received the winner award for each category. Read more
Recently two new books, one containing Emre Arolat’s essay and the other an interview with Emre Arolat, has been published. “Sade/ce”, a book with a collection of essays about modesty is edited by Filiz Otay Demir and published by Remzi Kitabevi. The other book “Gözden Kaçan Pozisyonlar” is prepared by Cem Zamur where he interviews pioneers from different disciplines about football, is published by İletişim Yayınları. Read more
Emre Arolat is among the nine members of the Master Jury for the 2016 Aga Khan Award for Architecture. The Aga Khan Award for Architecture, established in 1977, is given every three years to projects that set new standards of excellence in architecture, urban and regional design, conservation and landscape architecture. Read more
To celebrate the New Year Clad Magazine has compiled a list of 12 projects scheduled for completion in 2016. Read more
EAA-Emre Arolat Achitecture is selected to be among the 15 architectural studios, alongside Herzog & de Meuron, MVRDV, BIG, Bernard Tschumi Architects, Dominique Perrault Architecture, Sauerbruch Hutton, Coop Himmelb(l)au Architects, and Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA), to compete for the design of the Museum of Ethnography in Hungary. Read more
The Bergama Cultural Center construction is well on its way to be completed. The Center is expected to open in Summer 2016. Read more
Emre Arolat will be giving a public lecture today for The Jordan Engineers Association at The Al-Hussein Cultural Center in Amman. The lecture “context versus extravaganza” is scheduled at 16:30 and will also focus on the practice’s some recent projects. Read more
Gear Patrol includes Sancaklar Mosque in “the best architecture since 2010 does more with less”. Read more
World Architecture Community presents  new interview with Emre Arolat. These special video series are produced by Kalebodur TR, a Turkish construction material manufacturer, as part of their “Kalebodur Talks With Architects” series, in association with World Architecture Community. Read more
Çukurova Regional Airport Complex and Antrepo 5 – MSGSU Museum of Painting and Sculpture are Category Winners at World Architecture Festival 2015. Read more
Sancaklar Mosque has won the Archmarathon ’15 Religious Buildings award. Read more