The main theme of the Turkish Pavilion at EXPO 2012 has been set as "TURKEY: A Land of Civilizations Connecting Seas and Continents", with the sub-themes of "Turkey; Civilizations Along Seas, Seas Along Civilizations" and "Water and Sea, from a Drop to an Ocean".
The main goals of the theme are :
- Enhancing consciousness regarding problems facing Turkey’s shores, preservation and sustainability of their surroundings, unique biological and socio-cultural life, and formulating potential solutions.
- Preservation of Turkey’s shore culture heritages, and creating public awareness for the healthy development of shore-cities.
- Promotion of successful shore-preservation practices in Turkey to serve as inspiration for sustainable models in all countries.
- Presentation of the interaction between the human and the sea, and the impact of human activities on seas and shores in Turkey.
- Demonstration of the fact that seas and shores are vital elements of the planet and that they are in constant interaction.
- Evolution of the shores for a better life, with a dynamic interpretation and in the light of information and lessons learned from the past, to reach a better future in terms of shores to complete the goal of the theme “a better world”. In past and future perspectives, the historical aspect will be entitled “footprint”, while the near future aspect will be referred to as “dream”.
Architectural Concept :
- Geometry has been localized, along with nature’s wonderful and extraordinary mechanism, emphasizing the circle in fractal geometry existing in Turkish traditional architecture and in forms such as nautilus considered to be the geometry of nature, with a transparent and articulated construction.
- With this construction, commonality was attempted at the aesthetic union of contemporary technology, interpretation of modernity, tradition and history in a geography where history, religions and civilizations blend. With interactive flooring at the center of the construction and in projection of its vertex, evoking the notion of water, Turkey’s religious and civilian architecture has been emphasized as a strong architectural trait that conveys “union in multitude – multitude in union”.
- At clear-cut venues to be perceived both from inside and outside, with consideration of the humane aspect of production and consumption, that can be plain with minimum amount of material but that also have a certain majestic quality in their plainness, and with a smiling technology the message of “plainness and simplicity are both difficult and easy” was attempted to be conveyed.
- The lucid construction that highlights robustness expressing the notion of making the world livable, and transparency expressing transience of the human being and that nature needs to be protected for the future.
- Leb-i Deryâ (Sea Lip): With architecture born out of the commonality of the sea and the coast, featuring coastal Turkish cities of older times and waterfront residences on the Bosphorus which bear witness to the relationship between the human being and the sea, the Yalis (waterfront houses) will be exhibited.
- It will be emphasized that the first noteworthy maps in the World History of Cartography were drawn by Ibrahim al-Mursi and Piri Reis. Multimedia techniques will be used to compare Piri Reis’s map with modern maps.
- Noah’s Arc and the Flood will be analysed, and their attribution to Anatolian geography will be highlighted visually.
Of course, while waiting the true photos of this pavilion... certainly next week, after the Expo 2012 Yeosu opening.
More information about the pavilion of Turkey on the official website :