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TOKİ-7 Climate 7 Region-Central Anatolia Region,2014 

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Architectural Team: Korkut Yıldırım  , Harun Ekerbicer





The main principle in the project is rather than an effort to establish a context by imitating the formal features of the CENTRAL ANATOLIA REGION campuses and architecture; To grasp the FICTION-Based Essence of this heritage, which has been acquired through trial and error for centuries, and to seek answers to the needs of the program given with today's technology.

Central Anatolia Region  - Architectural Identity

The most important factors in shaping traditional settlements in Anatolia:

-Regional climate and topography data, -Structural application principles-Social and pedagogical structure.

When these campuses are compared with each other, they show similarities in terms of planning principles and spatial organization.

The limitations of the construction techniques of their periods and the scarcity of easy-to-procure and economical materials throughout the geography play an important role in these similarities. Depending on the climate, scattered or collective gatherings form the main character of that campus.

Central Anatolia region, the project area we have chosen for the 7 Climate, 7 Regions project competition, has hosted some of the oldest campuses in Anatolia.

At the beginning of these, the Hittites, who came to Central Anatolia from the nomadic life and established a settled order, established settlements with asymmetric and natural formations.

The most interesting examples of local architecture are dated to the end of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th century. This interesting architectural tradition can be seen in all Cappadocia towns and villages, especially in Ürgüp, Ortahisar, Mustafapaşa, Uçhisar, Göreme, Avanos, Güzelöz within the borders of Kayseri and Başköy right next to it, and Güzelyurt around İhlara Valley.

Protection from the harsh winter conditions of the region has been the most important factor that has shaped the civil architecture of Central Anatolia from the earliest times to the present.

In this context, in order to ensure that the housing units are insulated very well using today's technology, as well as to provide thermal comfort in the outer life, courtyards sheltered from the wind have been created when these houses come together.

The main principle in our project is more than an effort to establish a context by imitating the formal features of the CENTRAL Anatolian campuses and architecture; To grasp the FICTION-BASED essence of this heritage, which has been acquired through trial and error for centuries, and to seek answers to the needs of the program given with today's technology.



The creation of SUB-NEIGHBORHOOD CLUSTERS was taken as a basis in bringing the residences together in the project housing area. These subsets ensure the strengthening of the NEIGHBORHOOD unit and the ownership of each individual in the campus to their own subgroup.

Low-scale social facilities were provided within each cluster.

The FOCUS POINT of all these clusters at an upper scale is the SQUARE, where the users can be reached at an equal distance and height from every location of the plot.

BAZAAR surrounds that provide services such as Square, Market, greengrocer, restaurant, cafe, etc. that users can supply within the campus without using a car.

The amphitheater, which connects the square with the housing group at an upper level, strengthens the FOCUS POINT by enabling the square to be used for cultural and social activities as well.

Making the Housing Composition in the order of sub-clusters brought together the hierarchy of green areas. It is aimed to use green in different sizes and uses, from Common Green to Private Gardens and Common Green Terraces.



In order to make the topography of the land where the project is located suitable for residential settlement, all buildings and infrastruktur are aligned on 3 main areas. In this way, the natural curves of the topography were adapted and the formation of high retaining walls and buried platforms was prevented. Again, horizontal streets aligned on these three slopes provide users with walking areas without slopes. The layout parallel to the slope facilitated the LONG BLOCKS' LIVING ON THE LAND, prevented the emergence of dwellings under the dark and bad soil, and maximized the use of the ground floor garden.

BAKİ TERRACES were created in the spaces between SUB-MAHALLE CLUSTERS with the opportunities provided by the topography.



Considering the CENTRAL ANATOLIA REGION as well as the traditional settlements of all ANATOLIA, it is the most general principle applied on sloping lands. It is the fact that the buildings come together in such a way that they do not interrupt the sun, air and view of each other.

Based on this main idea, in our project, the multi-storey blocks were positioned in the north and higher elevations of the plot. Looking at the SILHOUETTE, we see that this functional decision, where the elevation is in the south-north direction, has a significant impact on the MASS PLASTIC of the entire campus.

The residential blocks descending by cascading in the direction of the slope allow terrace gardens. This arrangement effectively uses the roof surface, defined as the 5th FACE of the buildings, and provides a semi-public open space to the users.



Housing blocks in the project are generally considered as adjacent blocks with central stairs.

It has been suggested to build 1 high-rise point block in order to adjust the housing density.

The variety of use has been increased by building 12 CITY VILLAS.

OUR PEOPLE's LIFESTYLE has been taken into consideration while planning the residence, and the main living area has been designed in such a way as to ensure the privacy of the bedrooms.

The typology of two circles around the central core allows the intermediate circles to receive light from 2 directions.

The apartments at the beginning of the blocks look at 3 directions and benefit from maximum light and view.

Due to the contiguous block structure with the central block and the slope of the land, housing types rich in plan diversity were created, including intermediate apartments, ground floor and roof apartments, corner and block head apartments, within the same block.

APPLICABLE COMPACT HOUSING types were tried to be created by considering tunnel formwork manufacturing techniques.



Tunnel Formwork System was used throughout the project considering the ease of construction and economy. Although the tunnel formwork system brings an important practicality, we see that the system's repetition causes uniform housing blocks to form in projects of this scale. Such negative effects are eliminated by the proposed opening diversity on the facades, the steel system overhangs made on the last floors of the corner buildings and the differences in the block heights.



When we examine the civil architecture in Central Anatolia, we see that the most dominant building material in the region is stone. The 19th century Cappadocia houses were built on the slopes either by carving the rocks or using cut stones. Stone, which is the only architectural material of the region, can be processed very easily because it is soft when it comes out of the quarry due to the volcanic structure of the region, but after contact with air, it hardens and turns into a very durable building material. Due to the abundance of material used and its easy processing, stonemasonry, which is unique to the region, developed and became an architectural tradition.

The spaces between the consoles located between the floors of the houses are filled with rosettes, stars, palmettes, fans, windmills and stylized plant motifs, sometimes single and sometimes 2-3 rows. Often the surface of the consoles is covered with high relief motifs resembling a curtain tassel. This architectural understanding has been stylized in a contemporary sense and used in the vertical circulation element facades of the houses.

Thick stone walls also ensure that the work is protected in winter with the effect of Thermal Mass, and the heat is trapped in the building wall in summer. The passive cooling effect arising from the work difference between day and night played an important role in the selection of the stone for the facade cladding throughout the project.



Pedestrian and vehicle traffic is separated as much as possible throughout the Residential Area. If you are dead due to the difference in elevation, safe streets for pedestrians have been obtained, free from vehicle traffic, thanks to the easy-to-access parking garages.

A car park is located in the northwest of the residential area, which will create a buffer zone between the main street and the nearest residential block.

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