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.
TURKISH MINISRTY OF TRANSPORT, MARITIME AFFAIRS AND COMMUNICATION in Ankara, Turkey by VEN Architecture
July 9th, 2014 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: VEN Architecture
The project for the headquarters building for the Turkish Ministry of Transport, Maritime Affairs and Communication is an expression of our commitment to sustainability and our ambition to produce high-quality design for public buildings. Once completed the building will be the most eco-friendly public building in the country and a new symbol of green government.
The building’s glass exterior and brightly lit, spacious interior spaces are designed to represent transparent democracy. Much emphasis is given to accessible design with urban and social integration.
The building has a gross floor area of 51,000 m² and consists of three interconnecting blocks. The minister’s office and other VIP areas are located at the jewel-like front block facing the main road. Other offices are located at the high-rise block with the dynamic form. The third block connects the front and the high-rise block used for employee and visitor entrances.
Sustainability is the soul of this building. Renewable energy sources are used throughout. The goal is to get LEED Platinum certified. To save energy, passive design through good orientation, natural lighting, heating and cooling is employed. Wind turbines on the rooftop, PV solar panels, solar collectors, tri-generation systems, geothermal energy, grey water and rainwater recycling systems, LED lighting, and daylight sensors are also used in order to make this building a showcase for government’s view towards sustainability.
About VEN Architecture:
VEN Architecture was established in 1991 in Ankara. The branch office VENistanbul was established in 2012. VEN is national- international award winning company that concentrates on contemporary-creative design. From building complexes to a single building , architecture, restoration, consultancy and interior design services are provided. VEN as a young company aims to establish a balance between traditional wisdom and contemporary vision.
Projects of the company have been published in many publications and displayed in various exhibitions. Through professional experience, with its architectural team, and close observation of ever-evolving technology, VEN strives to provide quality architectural services.
VEN is committed to achieving the optimum results through precise analysis and decision-making in collaboration with client throughout the project. The objective of the company is to find the best solution for the clients and environment being conscious of how architecture shapes life. In order to improve continuity and quality, VEN considers the importance of knowledge, professional education and research.
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