Eskişehir is one of the modern cities of central Anatolia. It is well-known for its modern university campuses with a broad range of student population. Yazgan Design Architecture is commissioned to design the Hamamyolu street, which is one of the open urban passageways in the heart of the city center, Odunpazarı district. Having the title “Urban Deck”, this lineer passageway, while incorporating itself into one of the most culturally historical but under-used streets, provides a fresh and inviting perspective in the revitalization of an existing passage-way of a dense urban fabric. This ‘green pedestrian axis’ which is composed of natural wood elements, lush green landscape elements, water features, and seating areas create a modern and vibrant meeting space that promotes movement from the Odunpazarı Square to the Porsuk River and vice versa.
With its undulating plan, the urban deck not only moves visitors horizontally through the existing cityscape, but also creates vertical movement with various overpasses, underpasses, ramps, and sunken gardens, thus providing a different perspective in the experience of the urban fabric of a city.
The Hamamyolu Urban Deck is divided in to nine zones, each based on a specific theme. The zones titled: Alaaddin Park (zone 1), Glass Works (zone 2), Pigeon Feeding Zone (zone 3), Relaxation Zone (zone 4), Ziya Paşa Street Overpass (zone 5), Children’s Zone (zone 6), Peaceful Zone (zone 7), Warm Zone (zone 8), and Ivy Forest (zone 9) all find their inspiration in the existing historical and social context of the site. Connecting all of these zones is a continuous slender water element that represents the previously flowing Akar stream that leads visitors from one end of the urban deck to the other.
With its many architectural and lush, green, and local landscape elements, the Hamamyolu Urban Deck breathes new life into an otherwise forgotten street in the Odunpazarı District of Eskişehir, Turkey by creating a new urban green belt.14.06.2016