PAU SCHOOL OF ARCHITECTURE AND DESIGN

PAU SCHOOL OF ARCHITECTURE AND DESIGN BY KOTUstudio, MAPmx Sina Ozbudun. Denizli / Turkey / 2016

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PAU SCHOOL OF ARCHITECTURE AND DESIGN by KOTUstudio, Map/Mx, Sina Ozbudun


PAU School of Architecture and Design situates itself in a programmatically loaded social


zone, southwest corner of the campus, it is also a transition space from the built environment


and vast landscape. The project site can be rather inspiring for design students who will be


cultivated in an environment that has clear tension between the built and unbuilt.


The dualist mode of thinking in contemporary architectural profession for the building and


ground relationship fluctuates between either disguising the building with natural elements


and creating a fake sense of nature, or undermining the ground by fetishizing the figure. The


project sits in between, where the artificial and natural is in a symbiotic relationship. The


building is lightly positioned on the hill on three different elevations. The difference in


elevation not only brings diversity to the relationship between the spaces, but also makes


reference to the tectonics of Pamukkale’s symbolic travertine terraces. The modernist


pedestrian promenade design by Cengiz Bektas, creates a spine that relates human scale


with the campus, is extended into the faculty’s entrance generating the main axis of the


building. This pedestrian spine is then absorbed within the building by the courtyards and


circulation system. The plan curves that originates from the promenade, turns into walls,


windows, atriums and other elements; these curves also defines scores on the ground,


flower patches, or borders between soft and hard ground of the landscape. Thus the curve is


not only a representation of a building element but an overall aesthetic agent that alters and


defines both the building and landscape. The linear and fluid nature of the plan lines forms a


dynamic circulation diagram by expanding and constricting the spaces continuously.


The four historic typologies of the roof; pitched, flat, arch and inclined, have been


reinterpreted and run through the plan curves alternating on each wing according to the


programmatic requirements of the spaces below. Thus the curves also affect the form of the


building in section too. The section lines are sometimes segmented by elements like slits


and windows, losing its silhouette, but keeping the abstract trace of the roof typologies intact.


As different sections meet on the constricting moments on the plan they form tectonic


complexity by a multiplicity of the typologies, they diverge to become linear and turn into the


familiar roofs again. This formal complexity and simplicity has been balanced with a rhythmic


movement of diverging and fusing elements into the space.


Programmatic separation begins as the building diverges into three wings symmetrically on


the main axis further away from the entrance. As the wings meet the circulation nodes


communal spaces is formed. The middle wing which lies on the main axis is the circulation


spine, and creates two coterminous loops as it meets with other two wings on different


instances. The courtyards in the loops provide, exhibition, leisure and activities for the


students. These two courtyards that differ in size are semi­privatized by the different


departments of the faculty which they are surrounded by. The cafe on the main axis serves


both of these open areas unifying them visually. The merging instances of the building


homes the vertical circulation and fire escapes whereas the linear stairs on the rest of the


wings provides fast circulation between floors. The directional stripes of the building are


frequently interrupted with vertical internal courtyards and light wells to minimize the


perception of a squeezed and linear space.

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    PAU SCHOOL OF ARCHITECTURE AND DESIGN by KOTUstudio, Map/Mx, Sina Ozbudun PAU School of Architecture and Design situates itself in a programmatically loaded social zone, southwest corner of the campus, it is also a transition space from the built environment and vast landscape. The project site can be rather inspiring for design students who will be cultivated in an environment that has clear tension between the built and unbuilt. The dualist mode of thinking in contemporary architectural...

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    • Year 2016
    • Status Competition works
    • Type Colleges & Universities
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