Ozan Balçık, Daniele Ronca, Tevfik Saygın Özcan, Işıl Karabulut, Ali Tbikh
Bilgi University Kozyatağı Campus, implemented within the framework of the Business Administration Graduate Program, has the characteristic of being a campus where education is planned to be performed both in the classrooms and online with the aid of contemporary equipments. The area where the campus is located consists mainly of office buildings. The existing building is also one of this mono-type conventional plaza buildings shaped with a concrete grid structure. The building, a typical office with it’s envelope and plan scheme, gives opportunities to flexible interventions within the space due to the presence of large openings in the structure. However the multistory building presents a conflict with the continuity and horizontality needs of the university campus program.
Therefore, the proposed project has been based on the idea to provide necessary flow of the seamless plane for campus by rebuilding the flow uninterruptedly in between the stories. Additionally, it is aimed to break this mono-type, restricted, and predetermined state starting from the upper scale and reaching the building scale, in other words; it is targeted ‘to think outside the box’ so to say.
The corridors have been considered as the mostly used common spaces of the school rather than the residual spaces of the structure within the scope of the project. With the linear expression of the separating walls it was targeted to have uninterrupted single story continuity.
Considering the spatial organization, in order to enlarge the common spaces and provide the flow of the circulation within the building in a holistic manner, the relationship of the surfaces with gravitation have been reconsidered. One of the key elements of design was to transform the user perception starting from the entrance with these surfaces that contrasts with orthogonal grid.
Within the project seeking to overcome the solid restrictions of the existing grid structure, it has been aimed to go beyond the frame by forming an invisible whole from the objects, each of which are finite elements. In order to supply this lighting equipments abstracted as linear elements that have the quality of the system called ‘field conditions’ in physics and mathematics.