Disaster Prevention and Education Center / OODA

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For their competition proposal, OODA believes that in the process of generating architecture, they cannot have success without imagination because that is the most efficient tool or possibility to generate scenarios, predict spaces and reinvent ambiances. For this unique equipment, their approach tries to merge the most efficient program articulation with a strong concept which intends to suggest the overall theme integrated with Istanbul’s context. The main program components require a specific connectivity overlap that generates directly a crossed axis of piled interrelated spaces. Then, as a conceptual driven figuration, this formal arrangement suffers the effect of a natural disaster – earthquake – and falls down until achieving its structural stability on the ground creating as well the landscape topography with the same principle. More images and architects’ description after the break.

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This competition intent was to establish a proposal for a center fully equipped with adequate technology and facilities in order to be prepared against a disaster that may affect Istanbul and to develop public consciousness about the disasters in general and specifically about earthquakes. Along this the center will also be hosting relevant courses, venues and seminars.

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On the interior we created a multi-level space experience having the entire required program connected through a central point that simultaneously receives and guides the public to interact with the building. We also created a progressive cladding concept to the facade that introduces and enhances the Arabic atmosphere while it’s reacting – through density combination and geometrical driven development – to the local environment.

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At the exterior, the landscape designed topography was complemented with a cultural pattern from that not only increase the relation between the city and the building but also activates and organized all the spaces. This is done with a large curved bump that wraps the parking area creating commercial spaces on the perimeter and a drifting park on top.

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Conceptually, the building assumes its own identity on the city and stands as a new-age landmark that captivates tourists to its content and also attracts all the local people in case of real natural disaster in Istanbul having the new landscape the ability to become a major emergency shelter – earthquake or flood – and the building to work as a guiding focal reference.

Architects: OODA
Location: Istanbul, Turkey
Project Team: Diogo Brito, Rodrigo Vilas-Boas, Francisco Lencastre, Francisco Rugeroni, Mariana Cardoso, Duarte Fontes, Francisca Lopes dos Santos, Lourenço Rodrigues, Diogo Mesquita

Cite: Furuto, Alison. "Disaster Prevention and Education Center / OODA" 04 Dec 2011. ArchDaily. Accessed 23 May 2015. <http://www.archdaily.com/?p=189063>
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  • Suzanne

    love it!
    conceptually beautiful all over.

  • John

    Nice renderings,
    but the project its a completely disaster, like my English!

  • msc

    How can a disater prevent another disaster???
    This is so bad…
    And please check your 3D settings for the interior views… they look like crap.

  • Atilla

    There are some reasonable solutions and cool details. Plus good program proposals too. And about the form; well sometimes we also need iconic buildings. Since disaster management and raising public consciousness about it are major matters in Turkey, a provoking structure like this one can help to increase the visibility of the issue.
    For me the disturbing aspect of the project is the excessive use of the oriental patterns. First of all you’re not building a mosque here (even so it’s not the only way of creating poetic lighting effects). Secondly it’s a bit cliché to use this patterns whenever a project is done in muslim countries. Moreover Istanbul is more then a oriental city.
    Anyway, still a exciteful and fun project.

  • R.Aller

    I like it and hate it at the same time…
    > I like it because it’s something we haven’t seen before and because it commmunicates its’ objective.
    > I hate it because it seems like the form came before the spaces, which is something that a post modernist would do (Not the kind of approach an architect should make).
    Quite a compelling structure though.

  • michal

    Stop hating guys. Be better.
    Don´t agree at all.
    The shape is abstract but elegant, the interior space and atmosphere looks cool, and the facade n´landscape is just great and well explained.
    And the subtle reference all over of the red cross and symbol of disaster assistance…is just genious!(if intentional though)

  • Nils

    Very nice.
    Koolhaas and Z.Hadid should be proud.

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  • http://fabriciomora.tumblr.com/ aners56

    “La arquitectura se ha convertido en un arte visual. Y, por definición, la visión te excluye de lo que estás viendo. Se ve desde fuera, mientras que el oído te envuelve en el mundo acústico. La arquitectura debería envolver en sus tres dimensiones. El tacto nos une a lo tocado. Por eso una arquitectura que enfatiza la vista nos deja fuera de juego” Juhani Pallasmaa …

  • http://www.manco.com.tr Ali Manco

    “We also created a progressive cladding concept to the facade that introduces and enhances the Arabic atmosphere”…. Why Arabic? Why “Istambul” instead of the correct name of the city?
    The design is definitely inspired by OMA’s Prada Transformer and New Tamayo Museum by M. Rojkind & BIG.
    If so much importance is put on the “Islamic” patterns to relate to the local culture, why using a 3D cross as the overwhelming form of the mass?

  • Tsukiyo

    look like some 2nd year work

  • Dmytro

    Arhcdaily,why wouldnt you show the competition winners?

  • Liam

    haha classic first year lens flare.
    yea i hope this never gets built.

  • sami