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.
NorthGate in Ankara,Turkey by Motto Architecture
November 4th, 2014 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: Motto Architecture
Northgate Phase 1 is a 300.000 sqm development that creates a new urban focus in the vicinity of Esenboğa International Airport in Ankara. The development is both a part and a catalyst of the rapid process of urban generation in the zone along with the new international expo, two university campuses and a large-scale automobile showroom complex. Northgate is the largest self-sustaining mixed use project in the location, introducing offices, residences, a variety of retail programs and a five-star hotel along other amenities. The development provides temporary work-stay environments for travelling business people as well as a 120.000 sqm housing program (to be extended to 800.000 sqm in the succeeding phases).
ON THE DESIGN
The site features a 16-meter level difference on north-south section. The low-rise shopping units are located at the lower heights of the slope with minimum amount of massing possible, in order not to block views of the other programs. Taking advantage of the slope, the shopping units are extended into the basement level of the courtyard to meet the retail density required in the overall scheme. The courtyard level features a range of double-height outlet stores, followed by office functions on the floors above. The hotel is located at the top of the slope where visibility from the road is heightened, and various views of the surrounding landscape are provided.
Vehicular traffic, drop-off points and parking access are positioned on the exterior borders of the downtown area. An east-west oriented major vehicular axis expands towards the successive phases of development and ties the center to peripheral amenities. 110000 sqm of housing units are positioned along the west – southwest zones, and connect to the center through the major east-west axis. The housing units are also accessible via a continuous allé that progresses through public gardens and connects housing units with social functions and other units. The allé ends an open-air auditorium that uses the roof of the sales office, which is to be converted into a neighborhood community center once the development is settled.
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