From Taksim to Beşiktaş

From Taksim to Beşiktaş


A Section through the 20th and 21st century of Istanbul Walking tour
This full day architectural walking tour provides the experience of buildings of a wide variety of functions with applications ranging between a large time period starting from the Early Republican era until contemporary recent projects. Our tour allows the viewer to get to know different approaches in architecture in relation with the developing urban fabric, changing political situations and changing tastes under global and local aspects in four of the very densely occupied neighborhoods of Istanbul; Taksim, Nişantaşı, Maçka and Beşiktaş.

Tour Stops:

-Taksim Square
-Gezi Park
– Municipal Library by Sedad Hakkı Eldem (1973-75).
-Intercontinental Hotel 1971, designed by Kemal Ahmet Aru and Hande Süher (Roof for an informative view)
-The State Radio House, 1945, designed by İsmail Utkular, Doğan Erginbaş, Ömer Günay (outside)
-Hilton Hotel, 1952 -1985(additions), first “International Style” building in Istanbul, Skidmore, Owings and Merrill (SOM) + Sedad Hakkı Eldem
-Lütfi Kırdar Former Sports and Exhibition Hall (outside)
Lunch Break at Nişantaşı (free -but can be organized if requested)
-Milli Reasürans Building, 1990s, Şandor and Sevinç Hadi
-Walking through Maçka area
-İnönü House 1940’S by Rükneddin Güney and İnönü sculpture by Rudolf Belling
-Akaretler, first row houses in Istanbul – adaptive re-use projects, serving as hotels, residences and offices today, 1875, project started by Sarkis Balyan
-Beşiktaş Fish Market, designed by Gökhan Avcıoğlu (GAD)
-The Naval Museum, a recent competition project realised in 2013, by Teğet Mimarlık (except Mondays)

Tour finishes in Beşiktaş.