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PROJECTS Watergarden in Instanbul. important part of the project that is surrounded by plants and trees and covers 15 000m 2 of land. The Watergarden Project, demanded a unique design approach from a conventional shopping mall and instead required that various functions merge into a single structure for different user profiles. It has a cellular spatial organisation consisting of independent identities. The most difficult part of the project was to create a harmonic relation between the different atmospheres, contrary to the typical shopping mall design approach, which becomes obsolete in this case. The restaurants are placed on one side of the pool while bistros are placed on the other side. The other areas that are a few steps away include the Organic Market and Nostalgia Street – both with different atmospheres and functions – that are continuously linked to each other with alternative routes and pedestrian paths. Therefore, the Watergarden Project embraces a horizontal hierarchy in its interior organisation, which differs from traditional shopping mall designs. The surfaces are fairly fixed to the existing structure and the coating materials 16 SEPTEMBER 2017 RESIDENTIAL // COMMERCIAL // INDUSTRIAL Interior of the ablution facilities. are selected as perforated metal, natural wood and stone that are easy to attach or replace. The surfaces that are part of Nostalgia Street are intended not to be decorations; therefore, carefully patinated natural materials are preferred. To keep the atmosphere close to a typical market street in any city, the cross-section street dimensions are kept as narrow as possible. The guests are evaluated as a parameter for the design as much as the residents and employees who traverse the streets. Considered as an important centre for refreshments in the Anatolian part of Istanbul in the future, the Watergarden Project also includes a cinema complex of 11 halls, a flexible event venue that can host 4 000 people, a theatre venue, entertainment clubs, a culinary arts school for both children and adults, a sports centre, a playground for children and a kindergarten.