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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.

Özyeğin University Student Center in Çekmeköy Campus, Turkey by ARK

 
February 23rd, 2014 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: ARK

Inspired by the building scale, texture, and landscape of surrounding Istanbul, Ozyegin University’s Student Center is composed as a “University Village” of cubic volumes stepping down the sloping site.

This building is the second phase of fast track construction of the academic campus for Ozyegin University (OZU), a new private Turkish university started in 2008. The Student Center is a LEED Gold certified project.  The first LEED certified building at any university in Turkey.

Image Courtesy © Koral Oral, Roger L. Klein, Can Dagarslani

  • Architects: ARK
  • Project: Özyeğin University Student Center
  • Location: Çekmeköy Campus, Turkey
  • Photography: Koral Oral, Roger L. Klein, Can Dagarslani
  • Local Architect, Interior Design: B-Design
  • Design Team: Roger L. Klein AIA (Project Designer), Bulent Ergin Gungor (Architect of Record), Andreas Buettner, John DaCruz, Greg Taylor, Chris Shusta, Baris Basat, Emre Gursoy, Can Dagarslani, Nuran Erdogan, Sila Siva, Selin Ezanoglu, Veciye Ozturk, Cenk Aykut.
  • Area: 22,000gsm
  • Year: Design 2010, construction completed 2011

Consultants:

  • Structural Team: Emir Mühendislik
  • Electrical Team: Latek Mühendislik
  • Mechanical Team: Civa Mühendislik
  • Lighting Design: Citylight
  • Landscape Design: DS Mimarlık
  • LEED: Antensis
  • Project Manager: FIBA
  • Contractor: Berko İnşaat
  • Client: Özyeğin University

Image Courtesy © Koral Oral, Roger L. Klein, Can Dagarslani

As a compliment to the larger academic buildings on campus, the smaller scaled volumes of the Student Center contain varied programmatic uses such as library, dining, student clubs, and offices for student services/administration.  These varied functions surround the Student Forum that is the building’s social heart.

Image Courtesy © Koral Oral, Roger L. Klein, Can Dagarslani

The primary vertical pedestrian flow from the lower elevation residential and athletic campus to the main academic quad is choreographed through the building to engage and animate the Forum. This multi functional social space is both formal and informal depending on the function occurring at the time.  In contrast to a conventional auditorium, this space type revolutionizes the act of large congregation within the university.

Image Courtesy © Koral Oral, Roger L. Klein, Can Dagarslani

The cubic blocks of the building composition are designed using polychrome perforated metal screens that protect the eastern and western exposures from the low angled sun.  The range of façade colors is selected from the pixelization of the local landscape.  This connects the building to the site, in addition to creating a visual landmark of social life in the heart of the campus.  The glazed facade behind these screens offers great transparencies from the internal public areas to the external roof terraces giving the whole building a feeling of lightness and openness to the landscape and campus beyond.

Image Courtesy © Koral Oral, Roger L. Klein, Can Dagarslani

Image Courtesy © Koral Oral, Roger L. Klein, Can Dagarslani

Image Courtesy © Koral Oral, Roger L. Klein, Can Dagarslani

Image Courtesy © Koral Oral, Roger L. Klein, Can Dagarslani

Image Courtesy © Koral Oral, Roger L. Klein, Can Dagarslani

Image Courtesy © Koral Oral, Roger L. Klein, Can Dagarslani

Image Courtesy © Koral Oral, Roger L. Klein, Can Dagarslani

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