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Keep Calm and Go to Latvia!

Hi there,

I mean architecture students! 🙂

I want  to mention about an international summer school in Latvia. In the past, I wrote that I participated in RTU & FOLD’s architectural programme last summer. It was an amazing and very efficient experience. In this summer, it will be repeated with an different name ‘Arcadia’ which starts on July 25 and ends on August 8, 2015. It will be located in a very well place: Cesis. It’s a peaceful and lovely small town. There are many green areas and the buildings are really nice. I recommend this summer programme strongly. Especially, if you are an architecture student, that will be a great experience for you by means of efficient lectures, studio works, mapping, dinner programmes, architectural trips and other entertainments etc. By the way, if you participate in this programme, you should stay in Riga for at least 3 days, because it’s an amazing city! There are many social activities to do and fantastic structures and spaces to see. I loved latvian architecture!

So, don’t think to much and go there! Deadline is 3rd of May for application.


“Escape the rush of the city and become a happy citizen of ARCADIA! The Summer School of 2015 is now open for applications.

When hardly any place on our planet is left untouched, we especially value the remaining natural areas and strive for fresh air, clean water, luscious greenery and organically produced food. For the frustrated urbanite, a rural town seems to be the refuge, promising unspoiled nature and an idyllic lifestyle, as well as the basic amenities of a city.

What does a modern day Arcadia entail? Does it accommodate urban agriculture, water management, wildlife reintroduction, ecotourism, well–being of the body and the mind? Can we imagine giving up an urbanised territory to the forces of nature? Is today’s Arcadia economically and socially sustainable?”

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Kayakoy Workshop

Hi there, some weeks ago we went to an excellent village located in Fethiye in Mugla. It’s an amazing city and it is near the Ege Sea. Village’s name is Kayaköy. It  consists of two different settlement. There are many historical houses there which were built in 19th century. They were set on the slopes and they creat a great view! 

When I talk about why we were in Kayaköy, we went there to learn how to make a relievo of an old building. First, we drew just it’s outline without measurement and then, we used some different tools to measure the exact dimensions and levels. When we came back to school, we redrew them in AutoCAD.

After that our professor actually wanted us to produce a restaurated structure in an really old building. We didn’t touch the original and existing construction. If you remember the our final project of this semester, we tried to make a workshop for our industrial designers who comes from our scenarios. We assumed  that they go to Kayaköy to work for four months. So, we tried to design a workshop house for them according to existing spatial conditions. 

Here there are some photos of the house that our professors chose;

In my proposal, the construction that I designed is located inside of existing structure. I used concrete walls and glass which enclose inside. I didn’t use any methods of completing the existing walls or other elements. But, I use the information of that old building. For instance, I extended the structure in hollow parts of existing building. And also these parts create another and experiential space in outside. The whole structure consists of simple rectangular forms. In the entrance there is a huge box which is transition space; staircases and it’s surface which is front of the studio parts is transparent to make a visual sense and interaction with that working area. Also, there is a terrace in the service space of old building. In this space at the ground level there is also open space; courtyard. By the way, I used sliding and transparent door not to prevent transition spaces and to create a continuous permeable spaces.

These are the plans of each floors, elevations and section drawing;

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This is the site’s plan (vicinity);


The analysis of a construction site: Anatolian Organized Industrial Zone; Administrative building

Hey everybody!

Today, I want to mention about a construction trip and my observations. Two weeks ago, our professor Onur Yüncü who is the lecturer of Arch 241 course took us to a construction yard. This construction is located in Anatolian Organized Industrial Zone in Ankara. It consists of complex buildings. We observed it’s administrative building. It’s architects are Onur Yüncü and Ayşen Savaş. They are really successful architects and they have worked for METU for many years. They have many awarded projects. Onur Yüncü is working for TEDU now. He is one of our professors in college. This project was designed in a year and it has built for one and half years. Let’s talk about this building.

This building was designed for management, actually it’s kind of a main building of that zone. It’s a really observable structure to understand constructional system of a building because the structural processes and other stuff are transparent and obvious. This building is located in a very natural area. It has gren environment. Also there is small lake. That’s why, the users wanted architects to design a nature compatible structure rather than the other high and common official buildings. Actually, the users wanted a single-floor building which looks like a ranch house. But, architects realised that they need one more floor up in a part. This building consists of three parts. Actually they have just one single floor except one part. It has three floor. One of them is underground floor. Also, it has one more floor up because there is an administration part and there are some chairmans’ offices . That’s why they need to be in higher part of that building. In the first floor, there are many offices, convention halls and some meeting and entrance parts. These parts create a U shape. Then, there is a courtyard between them. The another part next to the others has dining hall, kitchen and also there are some important rooms which have the systems of electricity, heating, water and other stuff. Here, there are some images of this project.



These images are from http://www.onuryuncu.com/files/OY-M_Tanitim_2014-02_web.pdf

When we talk about the appearance of the whole building, it looks modern and more natural. It hasn’t many glass surfaces. It has some wooden elements, so it creates a natural and warm view. It looks like a house. The whole building is sitting on the stone floor. On that, there are reinforced concrete columns and then wooden roof. The whole structure is displayed as visual. Processes aren’t hidden. Besides,the huge horizontal facades were balanced by using some vertical wooden surfaces. These stone and wooden elements are harmonizing with the environment. There are many basic rectangular elements which consist of glass, wooden and other surfaces. So, there is always a continuity on the facade.

Inside of the building, we could observe the structural system easily. This building has two different structural system. One of them is scissoring in the main part and the other one is classical post structure, also it has just a concrete ceiling. From the protocol to ther other part, this system is changing. And this transition is visible, one is beamed flooring (with wooden) and the other one has no beam. Concrete combines with the scissoring. It also show the transiton between single floor and two-floor structure (except underground floor) There are also hinges between two different parts which are sitting on the different places (topographical). The hinges which are between two different parts are called dilatation like separating (called ‘dilatasyon’ in Turkish) It consists of foam. The wooden beams carry the roof and also there are some another beams which support the main beams (bearer). They are  called ‘aşık’ in Turkish. They generally passes frequently and they are not strong and thick like the main beams. On the wooden ceiling there are some kind of heat insulation and roof tile. Besides, the carrying system built and designed that building, and some walls end somewhere according to the this system. So, all spaces were controlled and designed with this system. Moreover, this structural system repeats and then it creates a rhythm inside. By the way, inside of the building wooden element also was used for some coatings and benches. Some electricity cable and kind of these stuff were hided with the wooden covering. And some walls were built with red bricks. So all of them create a warm space inside too.


Dilatation, separation between two different part


The thickness of the columns are generally 35 cm. And they located in horizontal direction with some gaps 5 or  7 metres. And this process repeats after every 4 metres in other direction. When the height of the building increases, the thicknesses of the columns also increase. Also, the lowest one is 2.5 metres and the highest one is 3.5 metres. These tall columns are near to the entrances from parking area and courtyard. They, create the monumental appearance in the entrance.

Besides, when every surfaces end, there is always a gap (hinge) between the other surfaces.  For example,when a column end in the roof there is a gap between them. It is the same with the ground. Also, hinges show the differentation of materials and surfaces.

Glass surfaces in this building make the spaces wide and sunlit. It can easily use the day light. Also, people can experience the natural environment when they are in this building. In the corridor between the dinning room and other parts there are some windows which were located in different elevations on the wall. So, all of them create different experiences. Besides, dining room was located in a very far from the protocol part because of the food smell and also, it was surrounded with glass surfaces. So, this situation doesn’t make this space closed and it looks light-well.  By the way, in some rooms there are some inside windows. They  provides privacy and create a connection between the other spaces in the building. For instance, during a meeting people can close this window with sliding wooden surfaces or they can observe the other when it is open.  The offices in the second floor have also huge glass surfaces. These rooms have small resting rooms and bathrooms. In front of these offices there is terrace which looks to the small lake. So it creates a very well view. By the way, in front of the assembly room there is huge space. So, they provides a resting and waiting opportunity.

Besides, there is an also extension from the first floor of the protocol parts. It’s direction is also to the lake. There is a connection between this balcony and outside with staircases.

The courtyard between the U shape will be a warm space with wooden. The iron elements will be covered with wooden and then water can flow between the wooden element then it will flow from the concrete floor to the land. By the way, in the entrance of the protocol part there is a well designed and modern staircases. It’s a really dynamic element, and this part is trying to a make a sense for the entrance. This is really important.

By the way, the main entrance with a hall opens to the parking area. So, people can easily pass to it. When we look at the whole building, it is obvious that it remains it’s naturalness and coherence with the environment.

2014 RTU International Summer School, Latvia, Cesis

Hi everybody 🙂

This video is about my summer experience. ‘Riga Technical University International Summer School is an annual two–week course in urbanism, architecture and design. Get Well City was an enquiry into local natural assets, traditions of wellness and future ambitions of the town of Cesis, Latvia.’ I participated in this summer school. It was really cool and amazing experience. Now, I have many moments and good friends from this course.

Check it out !

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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.