Silver Blocks are located within the Technopark of the Middle East Technical University (METU), known as “Technopark”; on a significant plot to the northern border of Technopark and the northeastern corner of the university campus. Positioning and context are instrumental in determining the image of the building. Instead of portraying emphasis related to structure and technology that the idea of Technopark represents, it was opted to create a more urban program regarding the use of external space in line with the planning characteristics of METU. Means were sought to bring about a project that would critically reinterpret the Technopark program within the context of open spaces, natural lighting and natural ventilation.
The building’s main function is offices of various sizes to house firms engaged in Research and Development activities. Bearing in mind the demand for spaces of different size and quality, a more flexible understanding of space, both horizontal and vertical, has been developed. This setting goes beyond the understanding of arranging interior spaces and becomes instrumental in determining the formation of the exterior of the building mass with an integral understanding.READ MORE