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The Peninsula Hotel Istanbul

Collaborator: Enea GmbH

Clients: HSH Group 

Location: Historic Karaköy district - Istanbul, TR | 2016-2017

Position: Landscape Planning Intern ('16), Landscape Design Consultant ('17)

Dorsa worked as a landscape planner and designer alongside Enea GmbH on this 4-building luxury and historic development along Istanbul's Port of Bosphorus. The Peninsula Istanbul, located in Istanbul’s historic Karaköy district, anchors a new waterfront revitalization project called Galataport. The development along the cruise ship port includes a public/private promenade, 5-star hotel, opulent 'hammam' steam bath, art galleries, restaurants, luxury boutiques, swim deck, and event space with views overlooking the Bosphorus and historic Galata Tower. 

Dorsa was an active member of this project starting from an intense 2-day kick-off charette, to design development and schematic design. There were several challenges to consider on this project including retrofitting existing historic buildings, developing and planting on an existing "capped" port, privatizing circulation while allowing some level of public access, as well as developing appropriate programming reflective of The Peninsula brand while complimenting historic Istanbul as a destination. 

Dorsa worked on the landscape design of the main promenade including: a hotel pool deck, sculpture garden, event terrace, private dock, private gardens, outdoor dining, as well innovative design solutions for cruise ship docking. Dorsa simultaneously worked on the development of the 4 building rooftops which varied from hotel amenity space to private terraces, a rooftop restaurant and lounge, and an urban green roof with food production and urban bee farming.  Dorsa worked with existing Peninsula Hotel chefs to develop a curated approach to local roof-to-table produce. 

The extent of Dorsa's participation on this project was heavily focused on the research, concept and design development of this project including graphic diagrams, an intensive site analysis and hand sketches of the master plan and individual amenity areas. Rendered plans based on the schematic sketches were completed at a later time by other members of the team but included as reference. 

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