This immense building has been constructed all in structural masonry between 1848 and 1853 as a military medicine academy for the Ottoman Army under the rule of Sultan Abdülmecid. However during construction, the plans drawn by W. James Smith were modified and the building’s function was changed to the military barracks in 1849. This modification was part of a construction plan that included several arsenals and military barracks that were to ensure the safety of the imperial domain around the Dolmabahçe Palace. The building sustained some damage in the earthquake of 10 July 1894, and was restored by architect Raimondo D’Aronco. In 1909, the rebellious troops were based in the building, thus it has become the scene of long fighting. Some results are visible in the façade, as few of the gun shells are still embedded in the stone columns of the entrance. In 1944 the building was handed over to the I.T.U. and restored by architects Paul Bonatz and Emin Onat. Teaching started in the building in 1950, with the civil engineering and architecture faculties. In 1983 it has been classified as a first degree historical monument. In 1996 the World Habitat Congress was organized partly in the Faculty. Ever since, it is a natural part of the congress valley of Istanbul. The plan scheme of Taskisla is classical: four equal sides marked with four corner edifices and a vast courtyard. The west façade is crowned with a monumental entrance. [Prof.Dr. Afife Batur]
Historical Taşkışla Building houses ITU Faculty of Architecture and it is located in the Beyoğlu district of İstanbul. The Faculty of Architecture also includes the Departments of Industrial Product Design, Interior Architecture and Landscape Architecture. It is located only a few minutes walking distance from Taksim Square [the heart of Istanbul], and is extremely close to many hotels, and transportation facilities that provide easy access to cultural and historical sites of Istanbul and it is in the congress valley of Istanbul city.
Taşkışla Building serves as an excellent venue for many international congresses right along with its educational function with its historical value, location, academic atmosphere, impressive interior spaces.
The building has a very impressive courtyard with a small pool in it where the students and academic people love to spend time in it. were all renewed and the courtyard was beautifully illuminated at nights.
Istanbul is readily accessible from all parts of the world; every major European airport is 2-3 hours away. There are frequent direct flights to Istanbul from most European cities.
Istanbul has two major international airports, Atatürk Airport and Sabiha Gökçen Airport. Most long-haul flights arrive at Atatürk Airport; Europeans flights might arrive at either location, depending on the operator.
The trip from the Atatürk Airport to Taşkışla-Taksim takes between 35 to 75 minutes depending on traffic. A taxi from this airport to Taksim Square or the conference venue at Taskisla costs 50 TL (≈16 euros). Taşkışla-Taksim is also easily reached from the airport by a shuttle bus called "HAVATAŞ" which travels to Taksim Square every thirty minutes and costs 10 TL (3,50 euros). There is also an underground passage (15 minute walk) that connects the International Terminal with the older Domestic Terminal and also the Istanbul Metro.
The second airport, Sabiha Gökçen Airport at Kurtköy, is located at 40-45 minute drive to Taksim Square. A taxi from this airport to Taksim Square or the conference venue at Taskisla costs 75 TL (≈25 euros). There are also HAVATAŞ busses that travel between Sabiha Gökcen Airport and Taksim Square every 30 minutes and cost 13 TL (4,50 euros).
Public transportation by bus is also available around the city. Tickets are required for boarding and can be purchased from the ticket sales points at the bus stations. The fare is equivalent to € 1.
Round-the-clock taxi service is available in the city. Taxis operate by meter. The cost begins at 1.20 euros with the addition of 1 euro per kilometer.