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Formation Graphic

Zeytinli Mosque – Honorable mention in architectural design

Design: Office Istanbul

Architects Team: Kemal Serkan Demir (Architect), Ece Türkel (Architect); Assistant architects: Can Güreser, Şeval Özakça, Zulal Coşan;
Graphic Designer: Gökçe Türkel;
Landscape Architect: Bülent Karataş
Photo credits: Office Istanbul Architects

The building was desired as a primative building thickness with the design of the vertical blocks which is located in a specific axis by sitting the roof on. The design language and attitude that we consider is only made out of this philosophy like the first mosques which are the lack of any aesthetic considerations. As well as an easily understandable, clear, consistent scale architectural solution, the aim is to create an original and qualified mass composition. Location: the project site is located at southeast anatolia region ‘harran-urfa’ where the hot climate is a rule and the texture which is created by single and combined buildings that is unique. The language of the created structure that has been made a thousand of years is a practical structured ritual in this geography. So the building which we suggest is collected around three main axis. • to try to interpret design decisions through awereness of the values and heritage history of architectural, cultural and archeological of the city and its near circle • capturing a lean architectural rhetoric that is sensitive to the geographical features, climate, ecology, social life of the city. • to be able to present to the currently use with a unique approach in contemporary conditions by revealing the stereotyped usage characteristics that exist in regional geography. Climate structure relation: it is very important that the fiction of the textures of the street, transition areas and form of the assembly of the structures at the hot climate conditions. In this context particular attention was paid to four essential items at the design of the structure. • to create open, semi-open spaces, indoor spaces between them by grouping the program parts in its own use systematics. • to build the climatic inner street fictions and mass articulation with the location to take care of the wind movements. • increasing the spatial quality of the construction by providing the water circulation in the field with the producing intervals and places which sun protected, shaded and cool. Architectural character: generally from past to present we can see adobe and mud which are comman local material as a finishing product at the urfa and its close area. The massive grammatical language with its short span formed by the combination of plaster and earth color texture can be shown among the important characteristic elements of local architecture. Cost and construction capabilities: the requirement program, which is interpreted on a gridal grid of 5.00 meters of modulation, provides a relatively simple and cost-effective solution to the organizations . Sustainability principles have been taken into consideration in terms of orientation and partial use within the scope of the design. The materials proposed to be used throught the building are reinforced concrete body with high insulation value, thermal insulation layer and special doped protective textured plaster. The plaster itself was intented as a coarse-textured material that would be able to connect with the local materials with visually and connectly.