Hot air balloons in Turkey: here’s how to experience them

In this look: 2 Way Drawnstring Bag – Hunting World How to experience hot air balloons in Turkey Wearing: 2 Way Drawnstring Bag – Hunting World There’s nothing as peaceful in the world as a hot air balloon flight, said the woman sitting next to me at dinner, the night before we were due to go out and see them ourselves. The dining room was, like the rest of our hotel, dug out right into the rocks, generations ago. In fact, all the little townships in this area of Cappadocia, Turkey, resembled human sized ant hills, that you’d imagine anthropomorphized forest animals living in, in children’s cartoons. In this look: 2 Way Drawnstring Bag – Hunting World “They fly right over my terrace some days,” Continued the woman, who, by her own account, had woken up at dawn every morning to see them, in the 15 years she’d lived here. “the pilots are used to seeing me. They would call out to me as they passed – Good morning, Annie!”. When I asked her why they fly hot air balloons in Cappadocia, her answer was simply ‘why not!’. As flippant as that sounded, it turned out to sum the story […]

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Turkey completes first phase of 900km wall along Syrian border

As Donald Trump prepares to build a wall between the USA and Mexico, Turkey has announced the completion of a three-metre high fortification along its border with Syria to prevent refugees and smugglers entering the country. The completed 556-kilometre section is the first phase of a structure that will eventually seal the entire 911-kilometre border between the two countries. The

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Kengo Kuma unveils stacked wooden box design for Turkish art museum

Kengo Kuma & Associates has revealed plans to create a modern art museum in a former wood market in Turkey, which will be made up of cluster of slatted timber blocks. The Japanese studio led by Kengo Kuma is designing the Odunpazari Modern Art Museum to host a large collection of Turkish modern art in Eskishehr, a university town in the northwest of the

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Elliptical cheese factory wraps glazed viewing courtyard

This boutique dairy factory in western Turkey by Slash Architects and Arkizon Architects wraps a glazed courtyard offering visitors glimpses of the cheese production within. The Farm of 38° 30° is named after the coordinates of its site in a valley near the village of Afyon Tazlar, in Turkey’s Afyonkarahisar Province. Istanbul-based Slash Architects and Arkizon Architects wanted to elevate the factory

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Emre Arolat expands Turkey’s Yalikavak Palmarina for megayacht owners

A+Awards: the next in our series of winners from this year’s Architizer A+Awards is Emre Arolat Architecture’s restoration and expansion of facilities for wealthy visitors at a Turkish marina. Yalikavak Palmarina is located on Turkey’s south coast, which has seen a boom in tourism over the past few years. “Yalikavak is one of the lagoons

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Onurcan Çakır uses stone and concrete to create soundproof house in a Turkish village

Architect Onurcan Çakır paired stark concrete with rugged stone for the walls of this compact family house near the west coast of Turkey (+ slideshow). Named Barbaros House, the 83-square-metre property provides a year-round residence for Çakır and his family in Barbaros, a village approximately 50 kilometres west of Izmir. The house stands close to More

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Terraced landscaping surrounds concrete and stone structure of Emre Arolat’s Sancaklar Mosque

This mosque near Istanbul by Emre Arolat Architects, which features cast concrete walls and a “cave-like” prayer hall, has been shortlisted for this year’s Design of the Year award (+ slideshow). Turkish firm Emre Arolat Architects used a combination of light grey stone and reinforced concrete to construct the Sancaklar Mosque, which is set into a plaza made up of shallow terraced […]

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Yener Torun photographs vibrant modern architecture in Turkey

Photo essay: Istanbul-based Yener Torun has created a photography series that offers an alternative view of historic Turkish cities, featuring modern buildings with graphic shapes and bright colours (+ slideshow). The photographer has spent the last year using Instagram to document architecture that features bold shapes, vibrant hues and patterned facades, both in Istanbul and other cities. He hopes to reveal that there […]
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