Milsoft R&D Building is the second of several buildings at Middle East Technical University (METU) Technopark, to be designed by Bütüner. Apart from the positioning of the plot within Technopark and its requirement program, the demand by the employer to make use of certain structural elements (steel construction modular beams, roof and facade coating panels) the manufacturing of which was commissioned for another building, constituted a highly important design challenge. The project aimed at utilizing the said elements in a creative manner within the premises of METU and Technopark.
Resolving the administrative offices and the functions of R&D in separated masses is a program requirement established by the user from the stand point of internal relations. While open space offices and laboratories were suggested for R&D, closed units were proposed for the administrative offices. This double program approach put forth in the plan was reflected on the facades and the mass of the building. The plan setting was created symmetrically on both sides of the large circulation space running throughout the building, starting from the entrance.READ MORE