Category Archives: ARCH201 – Architectural Design I

the end of the third semester

Since the last stage, I did not make a big change on the project. It still has the same narrative with some small new touches.

A crucial point I did not mention in detail before: the diversity of experience. The two ‘arms’ of the design have diverse experiences, they are not identical.

  • One of them has more alternatives in terms of the introduced options for visitors to choose.
  • One is more enclosed compared to the other one, so it makes visitors to experience both the closeness and openness.
  • Thanks to the curvilinear forms I used, visitors hava chance to experience the spaces which has different heights and the transitions among them.
  • Unlike the curvilinear form of the whole design, the slab with its angular forms makes visitors to walk in different textured surface.
  • In connection with the previous item, by the help of the use of different textured concrete in construction and the of course curvilinear forms, visitors will experience the upside (ceiling) to become down (slab). There is a drawing about it below.
  • The variety of slope of the ramps cause visitors to change their speed so this creates diversity in experience.

Drawings I have produced for the final presentation of my project:

site plan & site section (larger image)

plan: it indicates that the visual continuity (grafting) is not interrupted by any vertical element. (larger image)

sections (larger image)

sections (larger image)

axonometric drawing which expresses the texture difference (larger image)

east elevation (larger image)

north elevation (larger image)

So far…

I am reporting that I have abandoned the design I worked on so far!

I am only half-joking about this, but there are significant changes. Let’s look at the new ideas, how is the current state of design, and how was the second pre-jury.

As I get the last criticism before the jury, I was thinking about why I insist on working this project with rectangular forms. This doubts made me think that the project really needed to have curvilinear forms as it had on the climax of the design. You can review the previous step from here to clarify the idea.

Narration of up-to-date Project: In such a homogeneous place like Tuz Gölü, I have observed that visitors look for variation and changes. By considering this, I wanted to design something dynamic and something unexpected, which visitors do not expect to see on the lake. At this place, I used a form which acts like various architectural elements, which is able to carry itself, and which becomes a structure itself.

I grafted the condition visual continuity -there is situation we see further spaces from the beginning- among spaces from Göreme. The curvilinear forms were positioned to provide this visual continuity. So, the form and the what is grafted from Göreme could work together.

I wanted visitors to approach the design from the extension parts of design, because there are diversified experiences and given clues with curves about what will come out further. Thanks to this situation, when visitors arrive the climax, where the form be upside down, they will remember the clues I gave before.

About the tectonic of my design, in order to create such a twisted forms, the concrete will be a great choice. Also, the use of different textures of concrete, for instance making one surface of concrete polished and other one is mat, diversifies the visitors experience. Jury suggested that I can study this texture differention with concrete on a smaller scale by providing actual concrete or I can study it by using different kinds of molds.

Another thing Jury recommended me to try to have a better understanding of how such concrete surfaces structurally work. Design has curvilinear surfaces so the building system is not like a post-lintel system since they do not have vertical and horizontal structural elements. They all continuous structural elements but it has some parts that need to be stronger. Thickness change on concrete according to where the moment increase, provides both reinforce the structure and enrich the expression of this building.

The way I draw the things was found successful to a degree. However, in plan drawing, there is a wall which lead the continuity to interrupt. If I took a section from there, it could be seen if this wall is a problem or a  nice thing, Jury commented. Plus, the jury specified that they were expecting a site plan too because mine was not good enough.

As a general overview: Jury found the way I represent my project, in an orderly manner, well done, the language of the project is very impressive, and the composition is very rich. They told me that I am building a very strong structure which is not shy about anything so, it would be good if the heights increase a little.


One suggestion led me to begin to design this term’s project over again. Since I had this decision,  I have been searching about how to use this curvilinear forms deservedly. I found some structures inspiring me. One of them is: Longchamp store stairs by Thomas Heatherwick (below). There is a curvilinear form which acts like both a staircase and a ceiling to a space. It fits the ish condition we worked on previously this semester. Note: The ish term was expressing the multipurpose of elements.

The other one: Le Galilee office buildings (above)It gave me an idea that I can use an element both as a wall and a ceiling by curling it up. So, I can literally say I have changed my mind and the design. The new one is about to come.

If you are interesting, you can also check the site on below to see the twisted buildings around the world.


First Attempt

On my first attempt to attain what is suggested in pre-jury, I produced the design you see above. By keeping the twisted form, that is found strong, constant, I worked on two extension ‘arms’ of the form. This twisted form is the climax point, which offers visitors different experience, during their circulation in the design. While approaching the climax from these two ‘arms’ there is visual continuity but the physical dispersionby introducing more than one way. Also, I did not want visitors to access the climax directly, I wanted them to experience the ‘arms’ then arrive there. However, there is still something I think negative; the arms are the identical to each other somehow. That is to say that as the arms disperse further from the climax, I introduced some angled forms and the experience of walking in high, then, I brought visitors to the end which has rectangular form in both arms.

On This Earth – PreJury

Throughout the semester, we will be working on a design intervention on Tuz Gölü to make it better land, enrich its experience in diverse and multiple ways by making the use of our studies on Göreme under the concept “grafting”.

In my project, I have inspirations from both Tuz Gölü and Göreme and the observations I have got from these places helped me to define a strategy and my designs as well.

 “Some people think design means how it looks. But of course, if you dig deeper, it’s really how it works.” -Steve Jobs

Determining a design strategy that is capable of guiding our actions that aim enrichment, diversity and multiplicity, in relation to the present qualities, was crucial besides the design.


Diagrams which support my strategy.

I am going to explain my all ideas now: In Göreme, I have observed that the spaces is burried in caves as a general impression. It gave me idea about how to design. The area has inclined surfaces and this condition was making people to move a lot and at the same time, was creating changes in human bodily experience. So, it can be said that there is an essential change experience. After, I brought some spatial experiences which are associated with my strategy with the help of the catalog, to the lake from Göreme. In Tuz Gölü, I analyzed that there is radical change in both bodily and visual experience. While visitors walk towards lake from the road level, their view is blocked inside the facilities which are positioned nearby the lake and the view opens suddenly right after you exit the facilities. So, there is a change in visitors’ visual experience. In the same way, visitors’ bodily experience changes since they experience the lake’s huge flat horizontality then, they start to walk in a fairly inclined surface to arrive the road. Plus, the texture of surfaces, which visitors walk on their way to the lake, changes. As visitors walk, they have a chance to experience man-made, natural, hard and soft surfaces one by one. By considering all these, in order to enrich the experience in diverse and multiple ways, I specified a strategy. Strategy is ‘creating radical transitions: Emphasizing the radical change in human experience both visually and bodily’ since I analyzed that in such a homogenous place visitors look for variation, change. I achieved my strategy by interrupting the experience suddenly and introducing a different one right after in radical manner. I produced diagrams which explain these transition ideas. Some of them are my analysis from Göreme, some are the variations I proposed. Continue reading



For the rest of the semester, we will be working on a design intervention on Tuz Gölü to enrich its experience in diverse and multiple ways. The project we will be working on throughout the semester, reminded me that the Intervention Banner which was used in the serial #HowIMetYourMother by the ‘gang’ whenever they host an intervention. If you are a bit familiar with the serial probably you know them quite well.

When the jury arrive, we are all going to line up to present our own design interventions and our banner will not close until the end of semester! So, good luck everyone!!! 🙂