This post will be mainly about the final jury of Arch301, what I did and the discussions during the Jury.
Let me start with the explanation of my final project. The main strategy is creating an extraverted structure to the city. In order to do this, I tried to combine to different strategies, fragmentation and capillarity. West side of the site, composite of mass buildings especially khans and from east to west the buildings are getting fragmented, that’s why I tried to use fragmentation. I have a volume of kitchen related mass that includes kitchen lab, dining hall, bar and an open-air dining hall. Other functions are disturbing through that mass. In the ground floor, I tried to fragment function with the capillarity that comes from to urban fabric of the Gaziantep.
In Gaziantep, even though their destination the same, the roads are getting differentiated. I tried to apply this idea with a gathering space. In the center of the structure, I have a gathering space. There are many roads that leads you to this gathering space which occurs with the exhibition walls.
In ground floor, the functions are generally open to fabric. There is a coffee house, entrances of the building, rental shops, exhibition area, and auditorium. Entrances are differentiated from each other according to users. One of them is for public users, and from that entrance people can reach to dining hall, and accommodation. The gift shop is located here for interaction. The second entrance for kitchen. It leads you to kitchen lab and classes. There are dressing rooms for hygiene is located there. For ground floor, we can say that, more related with the city.
As I mentioned, first floor for kitchen related activities. For second floor, accommodation and classes are located. The façade of this part was designed with linear windows in order to give its wholeness.
Finally, I have two stairs for two entrances that are related with the historical buildings of Gaziantep. The stairs pop-up from the structure. In my thought, they are a supporter for observing the building as a whole from outside.
General approach of the structure was liked by the jury. Fragmentation of the ground floor was seen positive and the gathering area was working well according to jury members. The main critic was about the façade articulation. They said, it is positive to use linear windows for first floor, but the façade of second floor was problematic, they can be more open to public.
Also, for south part of the structure, the glass of the stairs was questioned, and I said that they were not totally glass. It was problematic because of the model, since I couldn’t make the wooden sun breakers.
Another critic was about the stairs. The idea of having pop-up spaces for stairs was liked but they suggested to have an outside entrance for them. In my opinion, it can be problematic for building, but I will work on this part.
Also, I will work on the location of the shops as well. Even though they are supporting to idea of capillarity, they were too separate from the structure. The strategy for the shops was coming from the rental shops of the Khans and they were continuation for it. They said it is working but, the shops should be more integrated with the building.
There are some problems about the poster design, but the jury liked the drawings.
That’s all from my jury. I really enjoyed while working on this project and, I took the first photo of digital models, so I will put them below with my poster. Don’t leave the page without looking them.