ENKA

LOCATION
ADAPAZARİ / TURKEY
ARCHITECTURAL PROJECT & DESIGN
GOKHAN AVCIOGLU & GAD
PROJECT TEAM
EMIR DRAHSAN, BAHA ERCANOGLU, CAN BUYUKCELEN, GOKTAN CATIKKAS, YONCA URUN, ETI KASTORYANO, T. ONUR OZDEMIR, EDA DEMIREL
BUILDING TYPE
OFFICE, INTERIORS
CONSTRUCTION AREA
4.200 m2
PROJECT SITE AREA
9.000 m2
YEAR
2017
STATUS
BUILT
Architecture for modern infrastructural systems such as transportation, energy or public utilities has consistently employed industrial materials to achieve material and structural continuity with the technical infrastructure they serve. In this administrative building for a natural gas power station for the ENKA company in the Adapazari region of central Turkey, a steel and glass architecture was applied but with detailed attention to the office program. The ENKA administrative building responds to the technical requirements for managing the power station with a structural aesthetic that provides ecological efficiencies and optimal office environment for the staff.  This is architecture is achieved through the robust applications of variations in a light steel and glass structure with the goal of maximising sunlight in the interior and thus generating savings on electric energy, an important feature in a building for energy management. The original concept for the project was derived from these structures and then optimised for the natural topography of the site and interior plan. The two-storey building consists of a series of staggered glass boxes organised inside the dramatically visible steel structure. These glass boxes are inserted into the exposed structure of arches, braces and trusses around a series of courtyards. 3 different types of glass, opaque and transparent tempered glass and translucent channel glass are used to mediate sunlight based on functions. Located in a active seismic area the resulting structure also had to accommodate strict building regulations. GAD’s architecture for ENKA in this way realises a performative, steel architecture yet in a original and elegant way not commonly found in buildings for infrastructure.

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