‘Seagull’ shaped transport center to be built in Istanbul’s Kabataş
ISTANBUL – Anadolu AgencyThe Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality has approved a zoning plan to build a “seagull” shaped transfer center merging sea, rail and land transportation lines on the Kabataş coastline in Istanbul’s Beyoğlu district.
The plan, passed with the votes of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) members of the municipal council, was drawn by Hakan Kıran, the architect of the controversial Golden Horn metro bridge, and encompasses an area between the Molla Çelebi Mosque in the Fındıklı area of Kabataş and the Bezmi Alem Valide Sultan Mosque in Kabataş, including the fishermen’s port in the area.
As part of the project, shaped like a seagull with open wings, a pedestrian concourse of 10,000 square meters will be built and vehicular traffic between Dolmabahçe and Fındıklı will be taken underground. The surface part of the concourse will have passenger waiting areas and food courts, the underground part of it will be connected to car parking areas and metro stations.
With the transfer center, the municipality says it aims to improve pedestrian access to the area without interfering in public transport circulation.
Approval has been received from the preservation board for the center, which will be integrated with the Kabataş port, the Kabataş-Taksim funicular line and the Mahmutbey-Kabataş metro line.