The Heroes of Kaş Monument Competition Proposal

Best Project of Public Building or Facility

About the project
The Heroes Monument of Kaş provides a unique opportunity for the town to not only pay respect to soldiers who went above and beyond to preserve their homeland, but to activate, connect, and enhance existing circulation flows by providing a public space that could potentially transform the marina from a piece of infrastructure to an attractive waterfront for many peoples to interact with. It is because of this that the motivation for the proposal of this memorial should be to create a multifunctional human scale intervention that is designed around the experience of the user. By acknowledging and combining all these different layers, this memorial can be come a central node for Kaş that provides a new breath of life for the identity of the waterfront, while also providing a space that not only pays respect to these heroes of Kaş, but a space to gain knowledge, perspective, and reverence for their character and actions.

Kaş, Antalya, Turkey

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Applicant and authors of the project
Studio Osmoz, architects Osman Ural, Ayşegül Ural, Yasemin Elmas.
Osman Mürsel Ural is a Turkish/American architect and urban designer with over 10 years of experience in various scales of design. He graduated with his MSc degree in Urbanism from TU Delft, and obtained his bachelor’s degree in Architecture from The University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Before working as at De Zwarte Hond and Jvantspijker in the Netherlands, he won multiple national and international competitions at the offices of Aboutblank and Emre Arolat Architects in Istanbul, Turkey.

Other participants
The Municipality of Kaş opened this competition to keep alive the memories of Artillery Lieutenant Mustafa Ertuğrul Aker, who is the only artillery officer in the world that sank an aircraft carrier with a 7.7-caliber mountain cannon, and Artillery Yusuf Ziya Erdil, who helped sink an Italian warship with artillery fire in Çanakkale during the war with the Italians in 1911—1912. Both these soldiers showed heroism in both World War I and the War of Independence.