Social Insurance Institution Complex, Zeyrek, İstanbul, 1962-1964
The Social Insurance Institution Complex in Zeyrek, designed by Sedad Hakkı Eldem, was the winning project in a limited competition and was opened in 1962. The original design included various functions, such as a dispensary, a coffee house, and a bank branch office. However, at the completion of the final construction, the entire complex was assigned to the Social Insurance Institution.
All buildings comprise modular façades, long canopies, consoles and vertical window proportions as an expression of Sedad Hakkı Eldem style, all references to the ultimate Turkish House. Eldem, with his firm contextual approach, not only designed the morphologies of each building, he also designed the entire settlement in such a manner that it adapted to the general silhouette of the street. Nevertheless, when the construction was complete, the general silhouette of the street had changed over time and like every contextual design, the complex depicted a different morphology to its surroundings.
Sedad Hakkı Eldem won the Aga Khan Prize with the Social Insurance Complex project in Zeyrek, 1986.