CASE STUDY / INA by Turgut CANSEVER

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The institute of nautical archeology is established in USA and carry on the studies in various countries. The corporate office of the institute is existed in Bodrum.

The complex of the buildings consisted of the different functions and consisted of the buildings which are in a harmony with the topography and the courtyards created as outcomes of the buildings.

Every unit of the complex responds different functions. The accommodation unit is designed as totally independent from the rest of the complex of the units. And the conference hall and the library buildings connected to institution building with the help of the vaulted entrance space. Also the complex represents and carries the references of the old Islamic-ottoman social complexes (külliye).

The complex represents old Islamic-ottoman social complexes by its fragmented design. It is clearly visible in the plan that the fragmented articulation of the office buildings, studios, maintaining service spaces, library and the meeting halls is referencing the külliye planning.

All of the rooms in the institute are covered with the vaulted corridor connects to the courtyards. The vaults covered the units differentiates each units in the whole complex. This is also coming from the külliye idea. This repetition gives information about the inner spaces in the elevations and also creates ornamentation to the complex. Also the fragmented articulation helps to create a harmony with the topography.

The project is designed to be monumental architecture. The location of the complex, articulation of the spaces and the used architectural elements carries the references of the Ottoman and Seljukian monumental architecture.

The approach to the complex is from different topographic levels and different directions. The group of buildings located in the middle of the garden are integrated to its surroundings. There are openings in almost every elevation of the whole design.

“The openings towards the sky of all of the volumes creates an idea of infinite spaces.” -Turgut CANSEVER

With this way, while the articulation is horizontal, the vertical opening creates a spread opportunity in every direction.

The staircase from the main entrance leads to the terraces located in different levels. Under these terraces the service spaces are located. The accommodation units are formed as two symmetrical blocks and there is a one story height connection space consisted of common spaces.

The complex of the INA formed according to the site forces and the cultural values. Also it can be seen in the complex as well the thing that Cansever claims about the architecture. The critical regionalism idea that he supports is visible in the whole project: settling to the site without any intervention to the topography, orienting through according to the climatic conditions, morphology and the organization of the architectural elements, language of tectonics of each units, the references belongs to the former architectures and the references to the culture.

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