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.
TOBB ETÜ TECHNOLOGY CENTER in Ankara, Turkey by A Architectural Design
November 6th, 2014 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: A Architectural Design
TOBB Economy and Technology University that has been established in Ankara is an urban-scale architectural transformation and development project. Once used for secondary education, the existing buildings have been given new functions as the core of the university. Within the scope of the master plan work, in time, neighboring new areas have been added to the campus and new areas of development have been planned. This development phase has focused on the formation of an urban texture, aiming for the transformation of the immediate periphery into an education-and-student-intensive urban quarter.
TOBB ETÜ that has come to life with the transformation project has seen its very first graduates in 2007; and in time, for the University, new requirements have emerged. Under these circumstances, it was decided that a Technology Center must be built.
All campus buildings have been planned in a gridiron settlement mode. The new buildings that are to be added to the University within the scope of this program have been handled with an effort to ensure continuity and the plan envisaged the development of the texture in this direction. Also, at the same time, the building blocks reveal design hints that enable them to link to one another on different elevations. Main circulation routes have been designed so as to enable bridge connections in the future.
It was decided that, inside the Technology Center, a 2 MW hydro-turbine and a research center ,named as TOBB ETU Hydro, through purchasing power parity to be designed and built. The building program was developed together with the academic staff and engineering laboratories have evolved around this test center.
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