THE INSTALLATION PRODUCED TO CELEBRATE THE RIBA INTERNATIONAL AWARD 2011 FOR LOFT GARDENS PROJECT.
As it is the first time that a project and architect from Turkey is awarded the prestigious RIBA Prize, under the patronage of Council General Mrs. Jessica M. Hand, the event is realized at Pera House. The RIBA International Awards reward the excellent work being done by RIBA members around the world since 2005. These are for buildings outside the EU by RIBA Chartered Architects and RIBA International Fellows. In 2011 Loft Gardens (Istanbul, Turkey) project has been one of the 13 winners of the International Awards for architectural excellence The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA). During the event, the first release of the video installation took place, focused on the lives in Loft, as if peeping through CCTV into the lives of the residents, prepared by the artist-duo :mentalKLINIK. As in Loft, an arrangement of private and common spaces in consonance with social requirements accomplished within the context of architecture and artistic expression, with an intimate feedback of how to live in harmony, reviving the vanishing ritual of having reliable neighbors as good friends, in the standards of “contemporaneity”. Moreover, with its potential of transformation, Loft plants the seeds of a “social sculpture” to grow with the creative contribution of people living there.