Category Archives: ARCH 201

Analysis of Dikmen Valley and Patterned Episodes in-between

First of all, I observed the whole valley in detail. Then, I focused on some sections of it.  There are some differentnesses in the meaning of geographical and social and experiential sense. Generally, the bottom of the valley is used, but in some parts, the sides of it can be experienced physically. Level differences are frequently changing. There are some accessibility from the sides. Besides, there are 2 mosques, funfair, theatre and cafes, so some spaces of it are more gathering space. According to my observations, there is always a continuity in terms of gathering spaces ( welcomed ones) and accessibility. As I said in the previous survey, our site is like niche which goes to different direction. I realized that it creates an interruption. There is a discontinuity. That’s why, I wanted to make a continuity towards to endpoint of our site. I wanted to remain this quality of this valley. Therefore, I wanted to make a rupturing then, people can really stop when they come to the our site. By the way, there is a mosque and school in our site, so they are also reasons to stop there. Actually, the other stuff like funfair and theatre weren’t reason to stop in the valley, because people have a choice to continue to the experience the valley. They can still walk from the sides of this social places. So, the space that I want to create will be different.

Here, there are some photos of the model of our site;

These are my sketches which shows the analysis and sectional scenarios




Site Survey : Dikmen Valley

After the assignment of architectural elements, we started to do our final project. We had an site. It’s Dikmen Valley in Ankara. First, we tried to understand the qualities of an valley. It has sloped sides and it’s a linear formation topographically. Actually, it’s like a corridor because it has different sides which have different spaces and experiences. It creates a space in itself and also, it’s an in-between and isolated space. Besides, topographical qualities of a valley creates a void. A valley also can act as a border. So, Dikmen Valley has all these qualities. Actually, Dikmen Valley is like man-made space, because the municipality of Ankara tried to renew it within urban transformation projects. That’s why, it has many green areas and trees. However, lots of high-rise buildings were constructed around this valley. So, they limited the potential experiences of this valley. And also, the valley looks like a private area although it’s for public because of these buildings. This valley is really long and some parts of it haven’t been restored yet. Topographically, in this valley there are some niches and escape points. But, it’s still continuous.While some zones are man-made , other parts are natural. By the way, generally bottom part of it is used but, sometimes people can experience up levels of the sides of the valley.This valley is actually for pedestrians. People can walk, run, play and rest there. There are some cafes, restaurants, playing areas, running path, sports tools, funfair, theatre and bowers in this valley.

Here there are some photos;

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We choosed a space to work on it. It’s really well defined space. There are two bridges near to it. It’s actually in a niche of the valley. There are some squatter’s houses, a mosque and a school in our site. These photos are from our site ;

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In-between Space : Corridor

Hi everybody,

Today, I’ll mention about my first human scale project. This project is also about corridor but this work is individual. We were expected to consider the broader territory of architecture which is shaping the form, relations between spaces and sensory effects. We should have created two landscapes which are totally different from each other. They were named as hard landscape and soft landscape.  We tried to design our elements (corridor) considering in-between the hard landscape and the soft landscape, on the hard landscape and on the soft landscape.

I tried to make a design fullfilling these three conditions. I designed two opposite landscapes. And each landscape has different functions in itself. For in-between conditions I made a corridor. So, it became an in-between space with the help of spatial experiences and relationships between two different landscapes. This in-between space created a combination and interaction with the side zones(landscapes). The corridor acted differently on the opposite landscapes because of their conditions. Surfaces of this corridor were created with different techniques. So, it had spatial experiences and qualities of these both landscapes, then it could become an in-between space. Additionally, generally common corridors are too narrow and closed. So, I decided to make a wide and open corridor by using transparent surfaces and open zones. Therefore, the experiences of two landscapes could be revealed. In this corridor, people can experience daylight and outside as visual. I considered to making a sense. It wasn’t a physical experience in every zones but mostly visual and auditory experiences.

Here, there are some photos of my model, diagrams and technical drawings.

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Corridor : Analytical-Critical Survey

First of all, in the past  the chinese meaning of corridor was the combination of roof and wall. Then; in a funny kind of way, corridor was created and used as running place in Europe in 14th century.  People ran to transfer the messages. In 18th century, it becames a different meaning, which was used for changing spatial and social relationships in Europe. Then, corridor started to brings these traits with itself : transparancy, flow, interior vista.

Let’s talk about the aspects of corridor.. Linearity is the most important spatial character of it. It provides also, transition,accessing, horizontality and verticality.. It connects and organises the spaces. Significant points on spaces could be connected with corridors. Because spaces open to corridors, many different experiences and interactions can be occured.

Besides, there is a movement on corridor. Then while people are moving, they spend and experience time. By the way, there is also really essential aspect of corridor which is directionality. Corridor directs people from one point to another. As experiential, corridor opens to meeting, encountering, unexpected interaction, having different activities (exhibition, furnishing etc.)

Actually, people do not care about this element much, however it is most important part, functional and used space in the structures. When we presented it, we used many medium materials such as videos, posters and models.

Here, they are the posters from our presentations.

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Blue Corridor: Bosporus                                                                                                     You can have a direct target to go or while you are accessing to a point, you can experiences other spaces that surround corridor.

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In addition, here there is an abstracted model of METU Alle. We tried to show that corridor connects many different spaces and experiences, it is directing and organises the spaces.

And this model emphasized a quality of corridor which is being an spine of an structure. Also, it organises the all spaces.


Elements of Architecture

We started with the elements of architecture for the beginning of this semester. These are really fundamental which are wall, door, window, roof, ceiling, staircase, ramp, corridor, balcony, floor, elevator, escalator, toilet and etc. We grouped for each element. My partners and I choosed corridor to focus on it. We were expected to understand what works, and explore the spatial conceptual potentials of the elements of architecture.  First, we revealed corridor’s global history. Then, we tried to concentrate on the spatial experiences and interactions between spaces.


The corridor of TED University (fourth floor)

A new course ARCH 201 : Architectural Design-I

In this year, I am a sophomore student in architecture. We started to take ‘architectural design I ‘ course. I think this is better than the other courses like Arch 101 and 102 about studio classes, couse it’s more about the architecture. I hope, this year will be more conscious and comfortable. Whatever, let’s talk about the content of this course.

”The objective of it: Introduction of functional, formal, structural and contextual components of architectural design methodology and utilization of experiential design strategies that were introduced in Arch 102 Introduction to Architectural Design through integration of such components within spatial solutions.” cited from course sheet.