ENKA Power Station HQ

32950 m2
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 western Turkey, a steel and glass architecture was applied wıth detailed attention to the rural context and operational needs of its engineering staff. The design for the ENKA Station administrative building responds to the technical requirements for managing the power station while also providing an exemplary office environment in a rural location. This is achieved through a structural aesthetic that provides ecological efficiencies and an optimal office environment for the staff. This architecture, a robust application of a building system in light steel and glass, generates a contemporary interior enviroment with both aesthetic and enviormental priorites. Sunlight, space and natural elements are balanced in the interior creating a postivie workplace but also importantly generating savings on electric energy, an important feature in a building for energy management.This orientation of an architecture that priorities workplace well being and environmental concerns is derived from a thoroughly modernist steel and glass 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. The architecture for ENKA Station in this way realises a performative, steel architecture yet in a original and elegant way not commonly found in buildings for infrastructure. The rural location and technical needs are also subtly balanced to give symbolic weight to an architecture where perforamnce on many levels is achieved.The design for a new Istanbul Technical University Library by GAD proposes a new information based program for the main university library but importantly envisions an innovative knowledge based design strategy for the Maslak, Istanbul campus of Istanbul Technical University. GAD’s Library design calls for an expansive structural system that provides an organizational rationale for the shelving of books as well the structure of the building that will serve as a model for the future growth of the university. The design centers on a system of arcades that join together generating the individual volumes of the building. The non-standard geometry of these arcades creates an organic experience of space and light bringing together the exterior and interior as one environment featuring an exterior roof garden emphasizing the role of nature in the daily life of the University.  In this way the iconic design of the Main Library in the center of the Istanbul Technical University Campus envisions a holistic future where information, man and nature are joined together as one. GAD’s design is based on an algorithmic generation of form that acts as an interface between information and structure. The expansive modularity of the system creates a liquid, organic spatial plan conducive to the flow of information in a new electronically mediated idea of the library as an interface between the library visitor and the universe of information. Students enter into this immersive experience picking their path through the library’s hybrid structure and programmatic volumes that define rooms and openings. The intriguing geometry of the Istanbul Technical University Library is based on GAD’s continuing research into the algorithmic structure of arcades emphasizing knowledge as the basis of the design and the Library as an innovative zone of the experience of form and structure as a 21st century idea of organic spatial knowledge.