Gallipoli Memorial Turkey

year: 2014
size: > 1000 ha
type: specials
client: The Turkish government
with: ONZ
The events that took place during the first world war on the Gallipoli peninsula and in the battle of the Dardanelles took over 124.000 lives on both sides of the conflict, form Turkey, England, France, Australia and New Sealand. In 2014 the Turkish government orginised the largest landscape and architecture competition in decades. LOLA collaborated with ONZ and was one of the laureates of this competition.

Our proposal creates a new balance between everyday life, the extraordinary history and the beautiful landscapes and sea views. The multitude of memorials spread over the peninsula makes it possible to realize the extents of the battle that took place. Nowadays the majority of the visitors arrives by car or autobus. Travelling by foot or by bike requires a mentality change and can be stimulated by laying out a path network that connects al the war memorials. Walking on Gallipoli could become like walking the trail to Santiago de Compostela: an experience of inner reflection by slowly taking in the changing panorama.

The path network passes trough to the various biotopes of the peninsula as well as trough the history of the battle. As the Gallipoli Campaign was fought both on land and at sea, the locations where boats have sunken are marked by floating lights that can be seen at night. The viewpoints from which these locations can be seen are connected by the path network.

Each memorial site is respected in its current state, and it is the path network that enhances the way the sites are aproached.
The paths are slightly sunken, accompanied by corroded steel edges, wild flowers, signs and other elements. The sunken path brings visitors closer to the earth of the landscape, and creates a focus on the route ahead, while paths in the surroundings stay unrevealed.