Gurpinar Water Products Market and Fishing Port
Gurpinar Water Products Market and Fishing Port were established to meet the fish needs of the palace during the Ottoman Empire period. The market is an exemplary facility in Europe. It is located in Gürpınar, Beylikdüzü, between Büyükçekmece and Küçükçekmece lakes in Istanbul, on the Marmara Sea coast, 6,5 km from the D 100 Highway. This complex was built on the sea by producing an area of approximately 220,000 square meters. With an indoor area of about 60,000 m2, the building has created a landmark for the region with its architecture, spatial setup, program, and construction system. Also, it helps to promote ecological life and fish culture.
The building is a rectangular form parallel to the shoreline. The green belt designed along the coastal promenade defines an identity for the entire coast. The separation of functions within the facility is simple. The north and west facades of the building are divided into the fish entrance and auction area. In the middle are fish processing areas and offices fragmented with green inner courtyards. While these courtyards allow flexible use of the site, they also provide natural lighting and air conditioning. The east and south sides of the building are divided into recreational and social areas where the aquatic world and fish culture are experienced interactively. This area includes a maritime museum, thematic maritime show area, conference hall, cafes, and restaurants. The roof of the building is covered with solar panels to meet the energy needs of the building with its own means.
The complex has a total capacity of 417,532 m² (including the sea area), with an annual production capacity of 100,000 tons.
In the market, quality controls are carried out by expert seafood engineers. Thus, the prices are traceable, and it is checked whether the products are banned or not. Also, the quality of the products is determined by the studies carried out in universities.
Icing is the most effective methods used in the market. When there is a problem with icing, the fish are immediately taken to cold storage and stored. These ice cubes are made from seawater. The adventure in the market begins every year on September 1, when the hunting ban ends, and continues until April 15.