February 18, 2010

Yerebatan Sarnici

If you're like me, it took you a few times to pronounce these words smoothly and in its' entirety; however, despite the unfamiliarity with the Turkish language, this is one stop on your adventure that shouldn't be missed.
Yerebatan is an underground water storage facility built during the Justinian era (527-565) and is known as "The Sinking Palace" due to the magnificent columns that arise from the water.  There is evidence that a basilica and a colonnaded garden once existed on the site.  It was an underground mystery for hundreds of years, as what you can tour today was forgotten until 1545 when a Frenchman noticed that people were drawing water from various holes throughout the ancient city.  The water came from this reserve.

This facility of brick vaults, supported on 336 columns, may look familiar to you James Bond fans, as it served as a backdrop in From Russia With Love

From a design perspective, there is a magical empowerment that majestic architecture provides: to be able to incorporate the stoic beauty within a residential setting, is the careful deliberation of scale, proportion and material as shown in these interiors below:

An outdoor space by Bunny Williams

A living room by Timothy Corrigan, as featured in Architectural Digest


The entry into a bedroom by French designer, Jacques Garcia, as featured in Architectural Digest


A simplistic, stoic entry by John Saladino

A chic living room by Miles Redd ...and a little peek of an upcoming post on Suzani inspired fabric, as featured on the club chair!

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