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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.

Istanbul DPEC in Istanbul, Turkey by Superunion Architects

December 15th, 2011 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Superunion Architects

On a site almost without context because of its vast scale and open development plans, the Istanbul Disaster Prevention and Education Centre (DPEC) represents a new beginning for the Expo area adjacent to the Atatürk International Airport. Today, the area is a typical example of a generic, market driven development without a common goal. It consists of tall isolated buildings trying to express their individuality rather than performing as a coherent whole. The site is situated in a void between city and airport, where public space is nonexistent, isolated buildings are surrounded by their own private sea of parking.

Model ground spaces2

  • Architects: Superunion Architects
  • Project: Istanbul DPEC
  • Location: Istanbul, Turkey
  • Status: International competition entry
  • Program: Disaster prevention and education center
  • Program size: 5 000m2
  • Site: 27 000m2
  • Client: Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality
  • Team: Johanne Borthne, Vilhelm Christensen, Pål Arnulf Trodahl, Bjørn Andreassen
  • Year: 2011

Exterior Render

The new Istanbul DPEC reverse current planning standards, making the ground surface completely public by elevating the building and letting the park flow freely below. The horizontal, neutral volume stands out in a context of tall and intricate buildings. The Istanbul DPEC is contextual through its contextlessness. It is a universal building, a prototype for the new typology of a globally oriented Disaster Centre.

Fountain Render

Manifested in a monolith is a world of knowledge, supported by individual elements on the ground, one of them a statue, representing mankind and its importance of supporting the collective science. Like the original Atlas, this statue also carries a “world”. The floating monolith is sealing and protecting the exchange of the precious knowledge of learning and preparing for future disasters.

Interior model shots

The building provides shade for the garden beneath, where people pass through or spend time before or after the visit. While the building is a smooth singular object on the outside, the ground is intimately programmed and makes a contrast to the scale-less exterior floating above. The garden offers natural qualities of water and greenery, a fountain blows water through the atrium, providing cooling and reflecting the light into the offices and café. The site introduces a robust, connective park which can absorb and adapt to future neighboring buildings and institutions.

Interior model

Lobby render

Model ground spaces

Model interior top view


Planetarium render

Program diagram


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Categories: Disaster Prevention Station, Educational Center

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