Published on June 1st, 2009 | by Ozlem Avcioglu

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Esma Sultan Palace, Istanbul by Gokhan Avcioglu

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Esma Sultan Palace was built approximately 200 years ago for Esma Sultan, an Ottoman Sultan’s wife as a summer palace. Destroyed by fire over a century ago, the exterior brick walls are all that remain of the building.

Commissioned to renovate and redesign the space, Gokhan Avcioglu and GAD designed a thin but strong stainless steel and glass box that is suspended within the brick structure. Esma sultan is now a multi-purpose event space in Ortakoy, Istanbul, in the center of the city in a busy entertainment district on the banks of the Bosphorus. Planting a glass and steel box inside the ruins of a palace to create a covered venue that constantly reminds us of the multiple histories innate in the new design.

Passive Fire Protection it isn’t just getting fire extinguishers logically placed in any development, is not the full answer to fire safety. Ask yourself are you aware exactly where your extinguisher can be found, and also would you know how to make use of it, additionally, on what sort of fire?

The answer then is probably no, the actual extinguisher can help suppress a little fire, nevertheless without in-built fire protection in the fabric of the structure, the potential risks of containing a fire as well as avoiding it being a flaming inferno may drastically increase. Click here if you want to know more about the Sinisi Fire Barrier.

Fire will take absolutely no prisoners, and as a consequence practical reduction approaches are very important in order to avoid tragedy, but each and every day these smart precautions are generally thrown away due to expenditure, lack of knowledge, or perhaps looked at as unnecessary by trades-people.

if you know a building is actually dangerous, would a person head into it? The most obvious response is no, yet everyday numerous buildings are created and restored using precious little thought offered, to containing any fire in case of an outbreak.

Restrictions and their enforcement perform an important role in cutting down injury as well as fatalities, but many additional lives could be saved when wise practice were to prevail. Many of us have witnessed the results of an elementary school science lesson, of putting a lit candle in a cardboard box and then sealing the box up in order to deprive the fire flames of oxygen.

When the same principle of sealing and fire preventing had been carried out on any brand new build project, or perhaps repairs, then the actual benefits would be apparent, property will be properly fire protected. With stricter rules, many builders and contractors are actually progressively more responsible regarding the work these people carry out.

For too long, contracts have been completed fairly quickly, at the cost regarding fire safe practices and when catastrophe happens, fault is sometimes hard to verify. Even so, with the expansion of law suit businesses featuring ‘no win, no fee’ marketing promotions, it is essential, that fire security work is completed to stop litigation because of loss of life or injury.

Very simple passive fire protection safety measures including fire protection for electric fixtures, fire and smoke door seals, fire barriers, safety for hardwood, stainlesss steel, surfaces as well as ceilings could possibly be the big difference between life and death and also avoiding very costly fire damage claims. All of these passive fire protection products are generally widely available.

When your building or facility is equipped with fire door exits, you add a considerable level of protection against catastrophic damage to your structure. These exit barriers are at the very core of fire protection (which include walls, ceilings and floors as well). They are a part of building’s passive fire protection system – a requirement of all public buildings, offices, and factories.

They interrupt smoke, toxic gasses, and flames from spreading from one area of your building to another. In other words, they create tiny compartments inside your building or facility, so that if fire has erupted in one compartment, the rest of the facility (and workers) can remain safe.

What makes these barriers so important is that they address the issues caused by a normal barrier. Normal doors are a breach in fire protection. They are not self-closing nor contain the required latching device like ones designed for fire protection.

Being self-closing is a vital component because, in reality, many doors are left open for the convenience of workers. While some believe that fire doors should not be held open, in reality they can be, so long as they are capable of automatically releasing once a building’s fire alarms sound off.

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Photos: courtesy of GAD

Photos: courtesy of GAD

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About the Author

Ozlem Avcioglu

Each city has its own light, identity and color ️Traveler photographer writer owner of Haaz design. Based in Istanbul and NY, live around the world.



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