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EAA-Emre Arolat Architects News – latest additions to this page, arranged chronologically:

6 Jun 2022
METU Research Park, Ankara, central Turkey
METU Research Park Ankara Turkey
photos : Thomas Mayer, Cemal Emden and EAA-Emre Arolat Architecture
METU Research Park, Ankara

4 Jun 2022
Istanbul Painting and Sculpture Museum, Karaköy Harbor, Istanbul, Western Turkey
Istanbul Painting and Sculpture Museum Karaköy Harbor
photos : Thomas Mayer, Cemal Emden, Engin Gerçek and EAA Emre Arolat
Istanbul Painting and Sculpture Museum

18 Mar 2021
Aga Khan Award for Architecture Steering Committee
The Aga Khan Award for Architecture has announced the members of the Steering Committee for the 2020-2022 cycle. Emre Arolat, the founder of this Turkish architectural rpactice is on the Steering Committee, chaired by His Highness the Aga Khan.

18 July 2019
Alcantara Gardens, Lisbon, Portugal
Alcantara Gardens Lisbon Buildings by EAA-Emre Arolat Architecture
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This award-winning architectural firms been engaged to design Alcantara Gardens in Lisbon

26 Feb 2019


Emre Arolat, Founder of EAA-Emre Arolat Architecture, has been elected as an Honorary Fellow of the AIA. The AIA Honorary Fellowship program honors international architects for their exceptional work and significant contributions to architecture and society on an international level.

Arolat will receive his Honorary Fellowship and medal during the Investiture Ceremony which will take place on Friday, June 7 at the Smith Center for the Performing Arts in Las Vegas.

American Institute of Architects was founded in 1857 and has more than 94,000 members now. The AIA has a long history of requiring that its members adhere to the highest ethical standards. The Institute advocates for the value of architecture and gives architects the resources they need to do their best work.

30 Jun 2018
Mecidiyekoy Towers Shortlisted at World Architecture Festival 2018 Awards

Mecidiyekoy Towers, Istanbul, Turkey is one of 536 shortlisted entries across 81 countries:

World Architecture Festival Awards 2018 Shortlist

EAA-Emre Arolat Architects Book

We are delighted to announce that a major project we have been working on for the past year is about to come to fruition: the publication of EAA Emre Arolat Architects – Context and Plurality in New York and London by Rizzoli, part of the Random House Group.

It has been edited by the distinguished architectural writers Suha Ozkan and Philip Jodidio and will be released in the beginning of October all over the world.

This will be the first monograph on a Turkish architectural practice by an international publisher with world distribution. We believe that this book is an important first step to help to raise awareness of Turkish contemporary architecture and recent projects by EAA Emre Arolat Architects in particular.

To share our excitement with all, we have planned two events according to the release dates of the book in US and in Europe. Instead of gatherings only for celebrating, we aimed to mark the book’s publication, with contributions from major architectural critics and historians:

The first event will be on Thursday October 17th 2013 at New York Chapter of the American Institute of Architects’ Center for Architecture and Kenneth Frampton will lecture at the event from 6.00pm.

The following event will be held at the Royal Institute of British Architects in London on Thursday October 31st 2013 and Charles Jencks will lecture at the event from 6.00pm.

2 Oct 2013
Charles Jencks Lecture, London, UK – Royal Institute of British Architects news
Charles Jencks Lecture London by EAA-Emre Arolat Architect
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Charles Jencks
The Guest Lecture, entitled ‘Irreducible Global Pluralism – Architectural Values in Conflict, Harmony and Synergy,’ is to mark the publication of EAA Emre Arolat Architects: Context and Plurality, edited by Philip Jodidio and Suha Ozkan, by Rizzoli.
Emre Arolat Architects is Turkey’s leading architectural practice with a distinguished track record of designing various building types, combining both Modernism’s honesty of structure, expression and materials with a local Regionalism informed by context, climate and culture.

12 Apr 2013
Yalikavak Marina, Mugla, south west Turkey
Yalikavak Marina Turkey by EAA-Emre Arolat Architecture
photo : Cemal Emden
Yalikavak Marina
The project for the extension of the existing marina complex for the use of middle-upper class in Yalikavak has the burden of welcoming a big investment in this area that will also bring its own facilities.

4 Oct 2012
Çubuklu Vadi Residences, Istanbul, north west Turkey
Design: EAA-Emre Arolat Architects
Çubuklu Vadi Istanbul Building by EAA-Emre Arolat Architecture
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Building by EAA-Emre Arolat Architects
The main inputs in the design of this project for a suburban residence and hotel complex to be built on a 1.5 million-m2 area were contextual features such as the unusual slope of the lot, the dense vegetation, and the view toward the north, as well as the effects of architectural languages regarding imagery which to a great extent have been exhausted in settlement projects previously carried out in the vicinity, plus the client’s expectations which had been molded by these languages.

28 Aug 2012
Raif Dinckok Cultural Center, Yalova, Turkey
EAA-Emre Arolat Architects
Raif Dinckok Cultural Center building Turkey
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Raif Dinckok Cultural Center
It is possible to say that cities are made out of different contextual layers which time by time come near each other or on top of each other, even intertwine at times and ground their specific existing states. In the Yalova example peculiar to this city, oppositions between the main layers stand out. One face of Yalova is its natural side.

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Macka Hotel, Istanbul, Turkey
Macka Hotel Istanbul, Turkey by EAA-Emre Arolat Architects
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Macka Hotel
Formation of the urban fabric in Nisantasi-Tesvikiye district shares similar motivations with European cities that were developed at the same period. In the beginning of 20th century, the urban movements towards cities resulted in the need for high quality urban residences for the urban bourgeoisie.

15 Feb 2012
Göktürk Arketip Housing, Istanbul, Turkey
Göktürk Arketip Housing Istanbul, Turkey
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Göktürk Arketip Housing
A linear plan, composed of a shared main entry, service and wet areas inside flats, hallways, main areas, and terraces, is placed on a regular structure, and is repeated at each different flat type, making maximum use of natural light.

10 Feb 2012

Cendere Valley Urban Design Project, Istanbul, Turkey
Cendere Valley Urban Design Project
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EAA-Emre Arolat Architects wins the award with “Cendere Valley Urban Design Project” which was coordinated by Istanbul Metropoliten Planning Agency (IMP), in the Mixed Use Projects category in Mipim AR Review Future Project Awards.

Cendere Valley Urban Design Project focuses on the Kağıthane Cendere Valley region where pressure of urban transformation is heavily felt. This region which was used as an agricultural field during Ottoman period and occupied with large numbers of industrial plants, with the industrialization move during the Early Republican period and especially after 50’s, stands at the threshold of an essential urban transformation with the pressure of the up-rising service sector and Büyükdere Street close by. Cendere Valley Urban Design Project, presents a model of green public space where the existing ecological corridor of the valley is protected and different functions are combined together and opened to the public use, while averting functional zoning and urban segregation. As an opponent stance to the high construction regions offered for the Project, a construction which creates a low but sufficient density to create an “urban” situation is suggested. This construction combines low storey buildings and high blocks which are placed conveniently not to block the air corridor in between.

Emre Arolat who has won the Agha Khan Award for Architecture in 2010, was also commended in two categories in MIPIM AR Future Awards 2011 with “Varyap Merkez Retail and Cultural Center” and “Zorlu Center” projects.

Key Projects by Emre Arolat

Featured Buildings by Emre Arolat:

7800 Çesme Residences & Hotel Building, Turkey
EAA-Emre Arolat Architects
7800 Çesme Turkey
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7800 Çesme Turkey
Çesme has reached a multiply increasing summer population with touristy motivation of the last decade. This unpredictable growth, like all lately explored villages of Mediterranean and Aegean region, makes an inevitable transformation both sociologically and physically in Çesme.

Ipekyol Textile Factory, Edirne, Turkey
Ipekyol Textile Factory
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Ipekyol Textile Factory
Ipekyol Tekstil Fabrikas: prize
World Architecture Festival Awards 2008 – Production Category Finalist

Sancaklar Mosque, Istanbul, Turkey
EAA-Emre Arolat Architects
Sancaklar Mosque Building
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Sancaklar Mosque – 10 Jan 2012
Sancaklar Mosque located in Buyuk Cekmece, a suburban neighborhood in the outskirts of Istanbul, aims to address the fundamental issues of designing a mosque by distancing itself from the current architectural discussions based on form and focusing solely on the essence of religious space.

Santral Istanbul Contemporary Art Museum, Istanbul
EAA-Emre Arolat Architects / Nevzat Sayn (NSMH)
Santralistanbul Museum of Contemporary Arts
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Santral Istanbul Contemporary Art Museum Building
The first power plant of the Ottoman Empire was built at the point where the Golden Horn ends. Its construction began in 1910 and the plant was in operation until 1984.
Construction continued until the last boiler room was built in 1957. After the power plant’s operation was terminated in 1984, it was left to its fate. In 2004, it was taken up by Istanbul Bilgi University as a social responsibility project.

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Emre Arolat Architects (EAA) was founded in Istanbul in 2004 by Emre Arolat and Gonca Pasolar, and was previously Arolat Architects (1987). It has won numerous international awards, including the 2005 Mies van der Rohe, 2006 Architectural Review Award for Emerging Architecture, 2011 Green Good Design Awards and 2011 WAF (World Architecture Festival) Awards. In 2010 EAA won the Aga Khan Award with its Ipekyol Textile Factory, Edirne, Turkey.

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