Category Archives: ARCH121 – Introduction to Architecture

Analysis of Annex Building for English Language Prepatory School of METU

I want to share my analysis for a METU building in many aspects.

Brief story of the building

The building has been commissioned by METU Development Department. The clients’ aim was to develop and improve the conditions of the campus of METU. They created new resources and put support behind, beside the purpose to raise education level, keep METU on the top of the list of most respected institutions continuously. The annex building for English Language Preparatory School of METU has been built in order to provide a new educational area for both University and the students.

IMG_2207The building has been produced in 2007 by Boran Ekinci from Boran Ekinci Architectural Office Melis Çankara, Nilay Arslan, Gülnur Arısalan.

Boran Ekinci was graduated from the Faculty of Architecture of METU in 1987. From 1989 to 1996 he continued his architectural projects at Ankara and Istanbul. He is now working on Boran Ekinci Limited Company at Istanbul. His projects have been published in both domestic and abroad. He is awarded and nominated with those projects.

METU’s Invited Competitions are help to see produced projects by creative architects for new planned METU buildings. Different ideas from various architects for same project are open up clients’ horizon but the jury remain same so the integrity of campus could stay same. Boran Ekinci Architectural Office won that competition for the annex building for English Language Preparatory School thanks to their appropriate projects and ideas. Continue reading



tumblr_o24lo8DgHs1rolkjro1_540I want to say #BOM DIA (good morning in Portuguese) to all of you by trying to connect the subject of that post and that nice morning! Good morninggg!!!!!

I am so happy to be chosen as Blog Of the Month and that was the subject of that post anndddd I wish you to have a nice dayyyy!



Where and How to Use Which Font Type?


From left, Archigram 3, London, 1963, Archigram 4, London, 1964, and Bau No. 1, Vienna, 1964.

I shared some ancient Architectural publications above and you can perceive how they are designed according to the context of those publications. At those days, what kind of font type was used, what kind of font type was popular? How those letters or words positioned? How was their proportions or sizes? Thickness and thinness can be used properly and so the words can be quickly and easily recognisable. Those are all changeable qualities and they can bring aesthetic appearence. Also, it is important to choose formal or professional or legible font types according to the context.

fffffThere are font types which has Serif or not. Generally, the font types which has Serif are found easy to read but at the same time, font types without Serif are found modern. There are also kinds of font types which are look like hand writing. Actually, there are many varieties.

It is a sample ofpublished Bauhaus Magazine in 1968 on the left. The geometrical forms of the letters are referring to the context of the magazine. We can associate the geometrical shapes to the letters’ circular or angular forms.



Adolf Loos: Ornament and Crime

Adolf Loos (1870-1933) was an architect who became well known with his architectural theory, ideas and writings beside his buildings.

Ornament and Crime written in 1908 by Adolf Loos, this essay describe an argument in terms of social, economic and rational use of society resources. We can recognize him with the statement “Ornamentation is crime.” which is very intense.

Adolf Loss is not stating, Ornament is not loos-56465476-cropgood or not premodern by using that provocative “Ornamentation is crime.” title.

“Ornament is a crime because in a modern world of function, ornament and decoration is something useless, time wasting and is belonged to past.”

The wasted labour, power, energy, health, money and ruined materials are used in order to create an ornament but they all could have used for more useful purposes, Loos thinks. Continue reading

The Uncomfortable


The Uncomfortable by Katerina Kamprani.

In our Introduction to Architecture lecture, we were talking about Character concept. In this concept, our lecturer: Bilge İmamoğlu mentioned the characters of objects. We talked about objects’ visuality, their forms, formal characteristics and how all of these define their own characters.

Then, he showed some examples from Katerina Kamprani‘s project The Uncomfortable.  Continue reading

Space and Structure

This week, we read ‘Space and Surface’ text from the ‘Analysing Architecture’ book by Simon Unwin. As known, both Space and Structure will occupy a significant place in our life as the ones who will live with the architectural manner.

Simon Unwin named the both Space and Structure as media of architecture. He states that Space and Structure are in a relationship in various subjects and the dominance of these medias in a relationship is changeable. And, he continues with the explanation of different kinds of examples which have got different dominances of Space and Structure subjects in relationships.

It is an important topic which requires a large-scaled research. I can not see myself enough informed to make comment on that topic for now. So, you can reach the full text and the great detailed examples from hereThe ‘Space and Structure’ part is start from page 130.

Regulating Lines

Here I am with a new topic by Le CorbusierRegulating Lines. Le Corbusier states, on his book “Toward an Architecture” that regulating lines are used as a tool to create the order which everyone is looking for on any architectural creation because, regulating lines help us to perceive the main geometry of structuresFGHFF and structural elements easier. At the first glance, we can specify the basic shapes of structures. Also, how architects use those regulating lines is a kind of design idea. You know, the eyes always look for some measurement and sense of order. This is how we feel comfortable. In order to create the order, we need to have some mathematical calculations, geometrical shapes or certain measurements. With the scale, the all elements can be organized in harmony and we can able to catch integrity. Continue reading