Located in the most dynamic region of Turkey, the design competition to transform Bandirma Park into a new common for the future of the city of Bandirma has opened to submissions.
Announced by Edip Uğur, Mayor of Balıkesir Metropolitan Municipality, the competition invites competitors to generate innovative ideas for developing a new genre of park cultivating the notion of spatial design and planning as well as creating a recreational centre at the regional scale.
The city of Bandırma, a candidate to relieve some of Istanbul’s growing population burden, is showing significant advances in becoming an important industry and logistic centre within the region. Once the new port project for the city has been completed and the rail and road links have been connected, it is expected to become Turkey’s portal to Europe. Thus Bandirma Park, located 1 km from Bandirma’s city centre will aim to serve as both a recreational area to enrich daily life and as a space for local design schools. Submissions are required to provide this necessary space but also regard the existing architectural heritage and unique characteristics of the natural landscape.
The competition jury has brought leading names from the world’s pioneering architecture and urban planners. Led by French architect and urban planner Odile Decq, the jury includes Louis Becker partner at Henning Larsen, Prof. Martin Rein-Cano founding partner of Topotek 1, Prof. Dr. Celal Abdi Güzer architect and academician at Middle East Technical University, and Prof. Günther Vogt founder of Vogt Landschaftsarchitekten.
The open international, single-stage competition requires at least one architect on each submission, all to be submitted in English. The top seven competitors will receive honorable mentions worth 70.000 TRY (20.000 €) and the top three prizes will receive the following:
- 1st prize 360.000 TRY (100.000 €)
- 2nd prize 250.000 TRY (70.000 €)
- 3rd prize 145.000 TRY (40.000 €)