Its name is derived from the Latin phrase Magna Aula meaning a hall capable of containing large number of people, where official ceremonies, meetings are held. A part of the Byzantium Grand Palace, Magnaura is a brick-paved, interior vaulted stone building that connects the building units to each other with tunnels and ramps, located in different elevations.
The Tower of Stairs, which has been unprotected for a very long time, is planned be a part of contemporary life while at the same time restoring its historical character. Completing and enhancing the remaining structure, minimal intervention proposed enhances the spirit of the place, but through the introduction of modern infrastructure. The interventions, that transform the structure into an arts and culture program, re-valuates the existing structure, not as a single entity but as an essential part of urban life and its environment. Completing and enhancing the remaining structure, the historical characteristics are brought forth, via timeless materials and design decisions that introduce revitalization through functional and contemporary additions.