In colaboration with KOTU Studio and Sina Özbudun

Location: Izmir, Turkey
Type: Competition
Status: Conceptual Design, Settle
Year: 2013
Team: Isaac Michan Daniel, Erdem Tüzün , Sina Özbudun, Yelta Köm, Hakan Kaçmaz, Victor Lima
Ehecatl Cabrera, Yasemin Tarhan, Ozan Tüzün; 


Izmir Development Agency building is not just an office building, it is also a center for entrepreneurship. The nature of its function would definitely reflect outward as a more active and innovative environment. The socio-cultural relationships would be in the core of the design vision with an intention to create a sense of synergy on public ground. This kind of social unity would be far from a romanticized dream.

Building- Urban relationship: Building meets the ground with a minimal semi-transperant aluminum facade, creating an interface with the street, The front facade is pulled back to expand the public ground that meets the south road, creating a welcoming entrance and a meeting ground. Cladding aluminum envelope reveals core of the building, the atrium, by peeling itself out from the glass surface. By revealing the structure and interior parts, this surface interchanges gazes between the public functions of the agency and the city.

Atrium: IZKA building would reevaluate the concept of the public, in terms of sharing and common. The atrium homes the public functions by coiling them around vertically from the auditorium on the basement to the top floor. The ramp weaves the north and south parts of the building, creating a continuous working space. The flexible open plan space acts as an incubator, for entrepreneurs and all other users, where people share the place as well as creative ideas.

Flexible borders: The organizational schematics for a creative and innovative environment, needs flexible and vague boundaries between the parts of the building. These boundaries, should serve the purpose of the agency by increasing permeability, and psychically easing the communication between users by creating a sense of synergy. This systems would be far more effective to incubate new ideas and projects than a hierarchical and strict organizational model of a modern office building. The large and less defined circulation areas, transparent separators and the atrium on the core would serve this purpose.