Peter here. Forgive me for my post titles, they’re horrendous I know.
Like any strategically located ancient city with frequent earthquakes and few building codes, Istanbul is a constantly evolving mix of every architectural style ever. One in particular catches my eye everyday on our walk to class.
Tucked in between Neo-Classical and Beaux-Arts lie the undulating biomorphic forms, finely ornamented facades, and writhing metal entryways of early 20th century Art Nouveau. This style is sprinkled throughout the area surrounding Taksim Square where we live and along Istiklal Avenue. Italian architect Raimondo D’Aronco introduced art Nouveau to Istanbul during his 16 years as chief palace architect under the Ottoman Sultan Abdülhamid II.
Feel free to take a peek at my collection: