Open Air Theatre

Built in 1984 inside the ENKA Foundation Sadi Gülçelik Sports Facility, the Eşref Denizhan Open Air Theater has been renovated in 2004 and with its new steel construction roof system has now gained its contemporary outlook.

Being one of the choice stages in İstanbul with its 1000 seat audience capacity, the Eşref Denizhan Open Air Theater, with its rich technical means, 8 meter height and newly gained volume, provides a strong orientation for the artists to use.

Aside from hosting its own events with its renovated backstage, wide foyer, free parking and its structure surrounded by greenery, the Eşref Denizhan Open Air Theater can be rented for different events and is known to be the warmest of stages that meet the audience with the artists.

Architect of The ENKA Eşref Denizhan Open Air Theater
Dr. Emre Erkal

Emre Erkal, a graduate from Harvard University’s professionnal architecture program, is practicing architecture in Ankara and Istanbul. After having worked in Skidmore Owings & Merrill’s office in New York, Erkal moved to Turkey to continue his work within the Erkal Architecture office. The Erkal Architecture office, founded in 1969 has won as many as 50 prizes in architecture and urban design including 11 first prizes and has won the National Architecture prize.

Before his architecture studies, Emre Erkal earned an electronics engineering degree from Middle-Eastern Technical University (ODTÜ) and has done post graduate and doctorate studies in both Bilkent and İndiana University as well as MIT. He did his doctorate studies in architecture at Istanbul Techical University, gave courses and workshops on urban design, technology and design. He has been a jury in several organisations and institutions, local and global, on technology and design such as ZKM – Karlsruhe, Mediamatic – Amsterdam, NAi (Hollande Institute of Architecture), Ars Electronica, ISEA, ZKM, SIGGRAPH and the Istanbul Bienale.