Foreign Language Building İzmir, YDYO School, Aegean Architecture, Turkey, Turkish Project

Foreign Language Building İzmir, YDYO University

Yabancı Diller Yüksekokulu University – design by Gudjon Erlendsson, Özlem Akın, M Young Architects

6 Aug 2016

Foreign Language Building YDYO School

Location: İzmir, Turkey

Design: AUDB Architects – Gudjon Erlendsson, Özlem Akın, M Young Architects

The Foreign Language Building (YDYO) University classroom building in Izmir, Turkey

University classroom building

The project design derives from the context of the site and function. This included the local need for pedestrian circulation, provision of external amenity spaces, space planning strategies and wider natural geometries of the area as well as environmental factors.

Foreign Language Building İzmir

Classic multi-storey classroom building is a vertically stack with external spaces limited to the ground. The site is steep, adjoining a classroom building next to a campus gate. The design exploits the challenging context proposing a morphed & weaved version of the classroom archetype. The building open ups and expands towards the ground, creating public and external spaces at various levels.

Foreign Language Building İzmir

The mass splits into two programmatic forms at lower levels, with the taller volume being classroom functions, and lower being support spaces. The basement is used as a spa/gym. Using the site context access is provided into the surrounding land, adjacent building and to external spaces at multiple levels.

These function as paved garden path, entrance canyon, small quiet courtyard and rock climbing space. Two terraces at higher levels offer different environmental conditions depending time and season.

Project started on site in autumn 2014 and reached practical completion in autumn 2015. Internal fit-out for lecture theatre and basement are planned in 2016.

Foreign Language Building İzmir

The building is a reinforced concrete building cladding fibre cement panels.

The building is an 8000m2 classroom building on 8 floors. Two lower 3 level annexes flank the main building.

Foreign Language Building İzmir

The design process followed a dynamic methodology. Starting with site analysis and development of the brief with client. Budget, planning and construction methods were some of many specific items analysed as a part of the process.

The objective was to deliver practical project that could be adopted to progressive technology and teaching methods used by the Department. Digital design methodologies were used particularly in environmental analysis and the acoustic design optimisation of the main lecture hall.

The original brief called for a total area that exceeded the allowable build space by almost double. In conjunction with a tight budget, the space planning and specification of the project had to be controlled and called for imaginative solutions.

Foreign Language Building İzmir

Gudjon Thor Erlendsson;, Lead / Project Architect, Özlem Akın;, Lead / Project Architect, Michael Young;, Project Architect, Hüsnü Alpan;, Site Architect/Project manager, Yağmur Arıcı;, Design Team Member, Mehtap Altuğ; and Design Team Member

Photographs by Argun Tanriverdi

Copyrights belong to Gudjon Thor Erlendsson, Özlem Akın and Michael Young

Izmir University of Economics

Izmir University of Economics was established as a foundation university in 2003 by the Izmir Chamber of Commerce. It has 7500 students in a single campus in the Balcova district, with plans to expand to a new campus starting in 2016. The current president of the Board of Directors and a driving force behind the universities visionary focus is Mr. Ekrem Demirtaş

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Winner – The Foreign Language Building (YDYO) University Classroom Building by Gudjon Erlendsson, Özlem Akın, M Young is Winner in Architecture, Building and Structure Design Category, 2015-16.

The Foreign Language Building (YDYO) University Classroom Building images / information from A’ Design Awards

Foreign Language Building YDYO University – A’ Design Awards & Competition Winner

Foreign Language Building YDYO University İzmir – architects’ post on this project

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Website: Yabancı Diller Yüksekokulu University İzmir