Istanbul has many shopping malls, and one of the largest is Cevahir. This client asked me to build a project that would honor the landmarks of their great, ancient city. This was especially awesome for me given that, as a trained architect, I have always been fascinated with the amazing Hagia Sophia and its domes and half-domes. In addition to Hagia Sophia, I also built the Maiden’s Tower, the Galata Tower, and the Cevahir shopping center itself. This project was a hit with the crowds—especially the knockdown, in which we used watermelons as cannonballs and set off fireworks inside the mall (not my idea!). The cards were no match for the melons, and the whole thing made quite an impressive mess. This project was also the first time I saw myself on a billboard.