The Foreign Language Building (YDYO) University classroom building by Gudjon Erlendsson, Özlem Akın, M Young

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DESIGN DETAILS
DESIGN NAME:
The Foreign Language Building (YDYO)

PRIMARY FUNCTION:
University classroom building

INSPIRATION:
The project design derives from the context of the site and function. This included the local need for pedestrian circulation, provision of external amenity spaces, space planning strategies and wider natural geometries of the area as well as environmental factors.

UNIQUE PROPERTIES / PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
Classic multi-storey classroom building is a vertically stack with external spaces limited to the ground. The site is steep, adjoining a classroom building next to a campus gate. The design exploits the challenging context proposing a morphed & weaved version of the classroom archetype. The building open ups and expands towards the ground, creating public and external spaces at various levels.

OPERATION / FLOW / INTERACTION:
The mass splits into two programmatic forms at lower levels, with the taller volume being classroom functions, and lower being support spaces. The basement is used as a spa/gym. Using the site context access is provided into the surrounding land, adjacent building and to external spaces at multiple levels. These function as paved garden path, entrance canyon, small quiet courtyard and rock climbing space. Two terraces at higher levels offer different environmental conditions depending time and season.

PROJECT DURATION AND LOCATION:
Project started on site in autumn 2014 and reached practical completion in autumn 2015. Internal fit-out for lecture theatre and basement are planned in 2016.

FITS BEST INTO CATEGORY:
Architecture, Building and Structure Design

PRODUCTION / REALIZATION TECHNOLOGY:
The building is a reinforced concrete building cladding fibre cement panels.

SPECIFICATIONS / TECHNICAL PROPERTIES:
The building is an 8000m2 classroom building on 8 floors. Two lower 3 level annexes flank the main building.

TAGS:
University, Folded, Convergence, Natural, Geometric, Connected, Integrated, Concrete.

RESEARCH ABSTRACT:
The design process followed a dynamic methodology. Starting with site analysis and development of the brief with client. Budget, planning and construction methods were some of many specific items analysed as a part of the process. The objective was to deliver practical project that could be adopted to progressive technology and teaching methods used by the Department. Digital design methodologies were used particularly in environmental analysis and the acoustic design optimisation of the main lecture hall.

CHALLENGE:
The original brief called for a total area that exceeded the allowable build space by almost double. In conjunction with a tight budget, the space planning and specification of the project had to be controlled and called for imaginative solutions.

ADDED DATE:
2016-03-17 07:51:24

TEAM MEMBERS (12) :
Gudjon Thor Erlendsson;, Lead / Project Architect, Özlem Akın;, Lead / Project Architect, Michael Young;, Project Architect, Hüsnü Alpan;, Site Architect/Project manager, Yağmur Arıcı;, Design Team Member, Mehtap Altuğ; and Design Team Member

IMAGE CREDITS:
Photographs by Argun Tanriverdi

PATENTS/COPYRIGHTS:
Copyrights belong to Gudjon Thor Erlendsson, Özlem Akın and Michael Young

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CLIENT/STUDIO/BRAND DETAILS
NAME:
Izmir University of Economics

PROFILE:
Izmir University of Economics was established as a foundation university in 2003 by the Izmir Chamber of Commerce. It has 7500 students in a single campus in the Balcova district, with plans to expand to a new campus starting in 2016. The current president of the Board of Directors and a driving force behind the universities visionary focus is Mr. Ekrem Demirtaş

NOMINATION DETAILS

The Foreign Language Building (ydyo) University Classroom Building by Gudjon Erlendsson, Özlem Akın, M Young is a Nominee in Architecture, Building and Structure Design Category.

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AWARD DETAILS

The Foreign Language Building (ydyo) University Classroom Building by Gudjon Erlendsson, Özlem Akın, M Young is Winner in Architecture, Building and Structure Design Category, 2015 - 2016.

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