OZU Faculty of Design

Project Year: 2018 Location: Istanbul

Type: Education Area: 26.000 m² Status: Ongoing

Team: Roger Klein, Bülent Ergin Güngör, Can Dağarslanı, Chris Shusta, Caner Ölçüşenler, Emir Şahin Çil, Benjamin Kinghorn, Gökçe Su Akdağ, Ozan Duvarcı, Eda Yiğit

OZU – Faculty of Design is our latest contribution to the Ozyegin University Campus in Cekmekoy, Istanbul. After an intense design process in collaboration with ARK-itecture, our fellow design partner from Princeton, the construction of the building has begun and we cannot wait for the future architects to get together under its roof.

The building is linked to the main quad diagonally, and is seeking to project this diagonality between different functions and levels, while maintaining the dynamism on the facade. The collaborative working spaces and studios designed as open lofts, offer a complete transparent and contemporary learning environment by maximising the visual contact at all times, while enabling new interactions between the landscape, the building and the people.

Our collaborative work with ARK-itecture, OZU – Faculty of Architecture and Design Building stands out particularly with its west facade which responds to the needs of the studio spaces behind it, such as controlled lighting and sheltering from the west sun. The facade faces the woodland, and aims to relate with it by the use of naturally textured materials like cor-ten and gabion stone.