Bandirma Park Competition

Balikesir Metropolitan Municipality / Balikesir, Turkey

Through an integrated layering of dramatic garden landscapes, multi-level experiences and environmental stimulators, the Bandirma Gardens of Imagination emerge from their historical remnants as an international symbol for creative endeavour. The Bandirma Hayal Bahçeler represents a dynamic new direction for Turkey’s Balikesir region, strategically repositioning the city as a centre for innovation. The design proposes a series of contrasting landscapes that repurpose the site within its historical setting.

Key features include an iconic Oval, a Botanic Garden, Gardens of Play, Gardens of the Future, Orchards and a Southern Terrace. Each space is framed by a dramatic natural urban forest that strengthens the sites existing Garrigue formation. Integrated within the buildings are a series of laneway intrusions, historical extrusions and atrium patio’s that promote a fine grain, permeable and enclosed spatial experience whilst landmark buildings such as the ‘Beacon’ tower and Design Institute strengthen the sites city presence.c

Site Area

26 ha


  • Brownfields
  • Competition
  • Land Use and Spatial Studies
  • Landscape Master Plan
  • Open Space
  • Public Domain Strategy
  • Public Realm Planning and Design
  • Regeneration
  • Site Massing Studies
  • Urban Design Framework


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