Social Security Complex - Aga Khan Award for Architecture
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Social Security Complex

Social Security Complex
Location: Istanbul, Turkey (Asia)
Architect: Sedad Hakki Eldem
Client: Social Security Organisation, Istanbul
Completed: 1970
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Social Security Complex Project Brief

In the 1960s when this complex was designed and in construction, Turkish architects were engaged in a reassessment of the tenets of the Modern Movement, leading them to seek a new regionalism" in architectural expression, as an answer to the dominance of the International Style. This office complex reconciles both theoretical positions. It is as disciplined and rational as the modernist canon requires, yet without compromising its modernity, it responds to its regional context, respecting the historic landmarks nearby, and remains sensitive to its site, which is a steeply sloping plot at the corner of a major intersection.

1986 Award Recipients