THEME : Residential

YEAR : 2013

LOCATION : Ankara / Turkey

SITE AREA : 1.040 sqm


STATUS : Under contruction

“The rooms of the Turkish house took their form alongside the development of the general concepts of community life. In the early houses the formation of the rooms was universally linked to their utilitarian functions but later on modifications were made in the different regions of the country. The supporting structural elements derived their importance in direct proportion to their contribution to the function of the room. The supporting structure determines the dimensions and shape of the rooms as well as their interior – exterior relationships such as windows and doors and defines the interior arrangement. Thus the rooms took their shape as a result of the triple interrelation between the concept of the room, its elements and the structural system. So the interior arrangement indeed has a close relationship with the structural system of the whole building. This holds good for all rooms whether the house is built of timber, mudbrick or masonry.”

Although contemporary life style has changed widely, the traditional Turkish house plan type perfectly meets all the needs of today’s family house. YKAD House is designed for a family of four; a middle aged couple with two young children. The initiating point of massing originated from the hierarchy between building functions. For more private functions such as bedrooms, bathrooms, and study rooms three separate building blocks were proposed. The area between the separate, private, and rigid blocks contain vertical and horizontal connections in the form of bridges, corridors, stairs and the common living area, ‘The Life’. This key central area is covered by an organic roof structure which also represents the organic connections inherent in the design.

The blocks are autonomous within themselves thereby allowing their occupants to maintain comfortable climatic conditions; one or two can be used at any one point of the year without disturbing the overall life in the house. They are positioned in such a way to create a useful area from the negative space, which then functions as communal spaces such as a living rooms, libraries, hobby rooms, etc. In addition to flexible usage, these communal spaces open up the building allowing daylight to filter through to the entire house.

The primary building material is brick, chosen due to its energy efficient properties. But the brick is not used in conventional means; instead we preferred experimenting on how the bricks can be arranged in unique ways using current design and construction technologies. Through computer scripting and CAD modelling techniques, the bricks are arrayed heterogeneously, with different orientations at different points. The distances between two bricks may also change at certain controlled points of the façade, providing a perforated surface that allows daylight through whist also maintaining privacy. The roof covering ‘The Life’ is a reflective material with a light and organic form. The textured walls, together with the non-euclidean roof have become the significant design elements of the building, which satisfied the client’s desire for architectural excitement.

Concept design, planning and landscape.
Façade design research and construction details solution, parabolic roof structure construction detail drawings and mock-up construction supervising.
Preparing 3D renderings for the presentation.

with GAD Architecture

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