Justice Palace, Sultanahmet, İstanbul, 1948
This project from Sedad Hakkı Eldem and Emin Onat received first prize in the Justice Palace competition in 1947. The official announcement of the competition includes several requirements for the building to represent the ideology of the state, such as that “The building should be a “timeless monument, which will exist through the history of the Republic,” meaning that it should be “magnificent”, “sumptuous”, “giant”, “harmonious”, “monumental” and “formidable”. It is imperative to emphasize that Paul Bonatz was amongst the jury committee of the competition.
The project comprises a small street surrounded with the units, as repetitive blocks create a strong effect of order. This enables the entire building to be dominated by a modular system. In this context, although the building is described as a modernist, functionalist product, Eldem couldn’t resist utilising vernacular components like long canopies, vertical windows and high riwaqs.
Part of the project didn’t see construction due to the archeological ruins in the parcel. After Onat’s death, Eldem suggested several solutions to this issue, however none were seen through.