Sedef Aydogan’s Blog

‘YEKPARE’ (monolithic)

“”Yekpare” is a storyteller which narrates the 8500 year story of Istanbul. The story embraces symbols from Pagans to Roman Empire, from Byzantine Empire to Latin Empire, and finally from Ottoman Empire to Istanbul at the present day.Haydarpaşa Train Station, with its brilliant architectural forms, is the building on which the story is projected. The connection between middle east to west has been provided by Istanbul and Haydarpaşa since 1906. In the 50’s it served as a door for millions of internal emigrants who have triggered the chaos in Istanbul’s dialectical daily life scenes.The project’s conceptual, political and geographical positioning, the location’s depth of field and the fact that the entire show can be watched from Kadıköy coast; make “Yekpare” a dramatic presentation.The first day of the performance also marks the 47th deathday of Nazım Hikmet Ran, the famous Turkish poet. We started out with a quote from his epic novel, “Human Landscapes from My Country”: “At Haydarpaşa Train Station, in the spring of 1941, it is three o’clock. Sun, exhaustion and rush lay on the stairs…”

Art Direction & Visuals:Deniz Kader – Candaş Şişman

Music & Sound Design:Görkem Şen

Project Management:Erdem Dilbaz”

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Battle of Branchage

Battle of Branchage.
Architectural Projection Mapping @ Branchage Film Festival 2009

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Lumitectura by barno
March 1, 2010, 1:06 am
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Musicvideo about the relation of light, music and architetcture.Music by Saltillo”The Opening” from the album Ganglion.

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Villa Dali in The Netherlands by 123DV Architecture
January 29, 2010, 5:07 pm
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This home, called Villa Dali by 123DV Architecture, is spectacular. It might not be for everyone, but if you love architecture or art (or both) I bet you’re gonna love this one. It was also selected for the WAN long list for Best House of the Year, 2009.

“Home is where the art is” is the theme of this home, which captures the character of Dali, Jugendstill forms, Spanish facades and nautical life in one villa.

The clients asked for a very personal house which would reflect their passions. They are nautical minded and have a love of art, sculptures and especially the work of Salvador Dali. During the initial design discussions 123DV architecture were also shown pictures of ancient Spanish architecture. They were fascinated by the closed white stucco facades and metal fences in Jugendstill design. So, the challenge was to combine in one villa the beautiful Jugendstill forms, the closed facades, the treasures of the diving world and the unique works of the artist Dali.

For the design of the house, 123DV Architecture made use of the Paranoiac-critical method by Salvador Dali (creating optical illusions). The result is a cylindrical white stucco main building with a nautilus spiral structure inside; representing the world of diving. The closed facade facing the street represents the so called Spanish architecture with a blown up Jugendstill pattern in the six meter wooden panel as the entrance. In the center of the house there is a double story cylindrical space. The furniture has also been custom designed. Traces of Dali’s fluid watch art can be found in their design.

Project: Villa Dali
Firm: 123DV Architecture
Vroondaal, near The Hague, The Netherlands
Completed: 2009
Photography: Christiaan de Bruijne

Michele De Lucchi at the Ingo Maurer showroom
January 16, 2010, 6:27 pm
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Small wooden architecture models by Michele De LucchiSmall wooden architecture models by Michele De Lucchi

Form February 5, 2010, the Italian architect and designer Michele De Lucchi will show a selection of his small wooden architecture models at Ingo Maurer’s space in Munich. The opening with an artist talk will be on February 4, 2010.

Wooden architecture models by Michele De LucchiWooden architecture models by Michele De Lucchi

Wooden architecture models by Michele De LucchiWooden architecture models by Michele De Lucchi

Wooden architecture model by Michele De LucchiWooden architecture model by Michele De Lucchi

park guell sketches
January 13, 2010, 11:34 am
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A mashup of sketches and images of Antoni Gaudi’s Park Guell done by an architecture student – greenbuglar – in Barcelona.




Woods of Net, Tezuka Architects
December 22, 2009, 2:02 pm
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Woods of Net / Tezuka Architects / TIS & PARTNERS, photo by Abel ErazoWoods of Net / Tezuka Architects / TIS & PARTNERS, photo by Abel Erazo

The pavilion is located at the Hakone Open-Air Museum, a unique open museum located in one of the most visited tourist spots in Japan. Woods of Net was added to the collection of art works as part of their 40th anniversary.

After the break, the architects description of the pavilion with photos by Abel Erazo.

Woods of Net / Tezuka Architects / TIS & PARTNERS, photo by Abel ErazoWoods of Net / Tezuka Architects / TIS & PARTNERS, photo by Abel Erazo

“This is a permanent pavilion for a net artist, Toshiko Horiuchi Macadam. The artist knitted the net entirely by hands, which is designed for children to crow in, roll around, and jump on the net. It was easy for us to see the artwork being outside even when it cannot be exposed to rain or ultraviolet light. We wanted to design a space as soft as the forest where the boundary between outside and inside disappears. The space attracts people like campfire. The children play inside of the net just as fire and parents sit around and lay on the woods.”

Woods of Net / Tezuka Architects / TIS & PARTNERS, photo by Abel ErazoWoods of Net / Tezuka Architects / TIS & PARTNERS, photo by Abel Erazo

“”The structure is entirely composed of timbers without any metal parts. 320 cubic meter of timber members are used and there is nothing same among all the 589 members. The latest structural program was developed for the pavilion, but the joint techniques are derived from thousands years old Japanese wooden temples in Nara and Kyoto. As long as the proper maintenance is done, it is capable of existing over 300 years. This is the oldest and the latest structure in the world.”

Woods of Net / Tezuka Architects / TIS & PARTNERS, photo by Abel Erazo

Graphic Masterpieces of Yakov G. Chernikhov
December 8, 2009, 9:46 am
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Yakov G. Chernikov (1889–1951), was a Russian artist, designer, and architect learned in classical and modern styles. As a draftsman he was on par with Piranesi and Rembrandt; his most forward-thinking drawings resemble the style of Yoshitaka Amano. This combination of knowledge and skill made him one of the most accomplished Russian Constructivist writers and architects; Chernikov designed sixty buildings—although most were not built—and wrote numerous books about architecture and graphic design.

Graphic Masterpieces of Yakov G. Chernikhov: The Collection of Dmitry Y. Chernikov

In the late 1920s the state-controlled world of Soviet architecture began to turn against the Constructivists. In 1932 Stalin tired of the pointless political debate between Constructivism’s remaining supporters and many critics. He barred architects from political speech and limited Soviet architecture to classical revival. Unable to practice in his Constructivist style, Chernikov began drawing architectural fantasies that were usually not intended to be built. But he still needed work free from politics and in the 1940s he began to study and draw typefaces, an activity unlikely to draw attention.

Intended for used in an architecture textbook Chernikov’s typeface drawings are examinations of historical alphabets. These are not the overly rationalized alphabets of the renaissance, although Chernikov did examine the alphabets of Durer and Tory. Chernikov’s letters are modeled on historical forms, drawn onto grids with notation about proportion and geometry. The grids are arranged as tables for easy comparison. Consistent with Chernikov’s belief that graphics are superior to words these tables can be understood without Russian literacy. Most of the alphabets are Russian Cyrillic but there are also examinations of Slavonic, Latin, Greek, Phoenician, Persian Cuneiform, Cypriot, Demotic, Hebrew, Burmese, Samaritan, Tibetan, Syriac, Ethiopic, Palmyrian, Manchu, Arabic, Formosan, Iberian, and Georgian alphabets.


Chernikov also excelled at non-objective drawing, leading him to develop complex ornaments in a new constructed style. His ornamental drawings reveal a powerful imagination and great technical skill. Chernikov achieved accuracy and beauty that rival great Islamic ornamentation without aping it. At a glance these ornaments resemble Spirograph drawings; examination reveals myriad circles painstakingly drawn along a path combine to form lively gestures. Chernikov drew by hand what today can seem only possible with a computer.


Graphic Masterpieces of Yakov G. Chernikhov: The Collection of Dmitry Y. Chernikov is composed primarily of images from the collection of Dimitry Chernikov, one of Yakov Chernikov’s sons. For the first time it presents all of the typeface drawings at full size and in color. Also shown are architectural drawings and ornaments collected from a notebook and two other books. Facsimiles of a sketchbook and a diary supplement the book.

Graphic Masterpieces of Yakov G. Chernikhov: The Collection of Dmitry Y. Chernikov

An essay by architecture historian Dmitry Chmelnizki discusses Chernikov’s life and work. Essays by Dmitry Chernikov illuminate his father on personal and familial levels. These writings are short and to the point, putting Chernikov’s work in the political context of its time without getting mired in Soviet history.

Every image in these volumes is wonderful. Most of them appear at full size; this makes the typeface drawings especially useful as every small number, letter, and line is perfectly legible. Seeing the architectural drawings at size reveals Chernikov’s ability to draw gesture and detail with equal skill.

Graphic Masterpieces of Yakov G. Chernikhov: The Collection of Dmitry Y. Chernikov

The notebook and diary facsimiles are a brilliant addition to this set. How often does one wish to peruse the notebooks of a genius? Now we can see right into Chernikov’s process. The diary will not be useful to those who cannot read Russian, but I expect that those who can read it will be happy for the chance.

Designer Daniela Donadei has taken advantage of the grand scale of Graphic Masterpieces of Yakov G. Chernikhov (335mm x 458mm) to create a monument. Text is laid out like a lectern bible typeset in Akzidenz-Grotesk. Few books show so much respect for their subject. The set comes in a box that is attractive, sturdy, and will protect the notebook and diary. This design is exquisite and perfectly executed.


Graphic Masterpieces provides a fabulous presentation of genius. As an art book it provides eye candy of the highest caliber. As a work of book art collectors will adore it. I can find only one notable flaw: an edition of 500 should prove far too small.

Corporate identity: 2nd hand and design boutique

By Retro







By Retro is one of my favourite 2nd hand boutique in Istanbul. The interior design reminds me the flea market in Geneva. You can have sunglasses, bags, dresses, ties and even old radios or grammaphones. Prices are variable.

They have 2 tailors; and cloth rent service for the series and cinema sector.

Although the store has a large area, it is very congested, and all of the products are hanging over you when you are walking in the corridors. This is a place that you can find anything vintage.



Edo is another great boutique from Istanbul. It is a product of coloboration of turkish and japanese entrepreneurs. Most of the designed products are imported from Japan, and they reflects Japanese street style clothing. Although the store is small, it is very airy and white color is dominant in its interior design. Prices are high.

Unfortunately I couldn’t find any good photos on web that reflects the soul of the store, but I will try to go there and take some photos.


Shop Interior01

Shop Interior02

Shop Interior04


Shop Interior03


“With husband Philip Start (founder of Woodhouse), buyer Brix Smith-Start co-owns three excellent boutiques nestled next to each other on Rivington St, EC2. With standalone men’s and women’s boutiques stocking Comme des Garçons, Stella McCartney and Jil Sander alongside Philip Lim and Karen Walker.”

Time Out London

“42-44 Rivington Street hosts an array of new and established luxury labels, from local British designers such as Stella McCartney and Richard Nicoll to international pieces from Phillip Lim and Chloe, amongst others. And while we stock the most highly regarded ready-to-wear collections, we also make it our mission to search for emerging brands before they become household names.”

Start’s official website

I wrote these quotations, because I had no idea about Start before I read them. This is obvious that they avoid becoming household brand, so their corporate identity should be original and elite. The interior design is simple, but bold colors are conspicuous.









Cochinechine is another design boutique from London. I took screenshots from its official website. I really like the products.

The interior design is a combination of vintage objects and elegant architecture with some lovely illustrations on the walls. I like it , because the contrast between elegance and the illustrations are not disturbing, conversely it is a nice touch. Designing the corporate identity of a store like this can be interesting.

Metapolis dance & architecture performance

Frédéric Flamand Zaha Hadid Ballet National de Marseille Dance and Architecture performance.

Using the green box technology, they displace the green parts on the lighted area with another texture or image on the screen.