Being the first building compound in a vast campus, Teknopark Istanbul RD Buildings No 1&2 had a very important goal for the livelihood of its surroundings: to create a campus setting on its own instead of struggling as a single object on barren land. Furthermore, it needed to be recognizable, strong enough to build and communicate the brand identity of an emerging technopolis. Therefore, building masses are articulated as horizontal plates and slabs extending along the topography to create a decisive, initially monumental, yet inherently human scale sensitive presence. This image is created with the help of vertical accentuation of building elements, setbacks on upper floors and lightweight external constructions. In short, the plot for the first set of buildings –or the canvas- was initially generously expanded, and then delicately articulated into a microcosmic backbone; one that generates the campus, while acting as one on its own.
The compound is designed as a set of office blocks branching out from a central circulation axis which runs downhill from the main campus entrance. Office wings create courtyards with proportions set by the master plan principles. Besides interpreting the campus scale figure ground balance typologically within its parts, the mass layout enables a dual perception of the building compound: unified on one side and separate on the other. This duality is conceived to support the independence and interdependence of future users, and create vibrant working environments.READ MORE