Yapi Kredi Bank Academy / TEGET

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Architect: TEGET Architectural Office
Location: , Turkey
Client: Yapı Kredi Bank. Represented by: Paolo Mistrorigo
Principals: Mehmet Kutukcuoglu, Ertug Ucar
Design Team: Alev Dagli, Mert Ucer, Tuberk Altuntas, Hande Koksal
Project Management: Alev Akin
Graphics and object designs: Meric Kara
Project Area: 9,500 sqm
Project Year: 2008
Construction Year: 2008-2009
Photographs: Cemal Emden, Hande Koksal, Omer Kanıpak

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The Academy Building by Architects is an addition to the already existing banking center designed by British Architect, John McAslan. As an addition, the new building is not simply in continuity with the conglomerate of the existing 10 cubes; but rather an abstract statement of its own using the main complex as a backdrop. It introduces a focal point to an otherwise non-hierarchical organization via a pair of scaleless copper beams extending out to the landscape.

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The program is the academy, the gate for the bank, where new comers will be educated as well as the ‘in-service’ employees. A composition of classrooms, social areas and meeting rooms. It is handled in a straight forward manner as the pair of copper bars are allocated for education whereas the central void for socializing.

It is just another street attached to the street network of the complex; this time an oblique one.

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The two program beams, stemming from the complex, stretches out on the plane of a missing cube, cannot be stopped and cantelevers as topography drops. They are covered by stretched copper panels as the outer layer of the facade, stripping it off from any hint of scale. Due to the stretching process, each panel has a doublefold direction from left to right. Making use of it, the panels are checkered with rotations to create the pixelation effect. The double facade controls excessive light in the classrooms. Overall, it is opaque from outside during the day, ambiguous in twilight, transparent in the evening.

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The central space is treated as an autonomous strip clearly distinguished from outside. Here, the copper peels off, and is replaced by translucent movable fabrics in institutional colors. The interior facade begins earlier and stops before the copper bars. The roof and the facade is sealed with transparent air cushions, ETFE. The void is further accentuated, pushing the feeling of vertigo, by a series of suspended social spaces and their alternative circulation made of steel and glass, filtering light to the street level. The ground, out of concrete, facilitates another level of social life, with volcanoes providing light to the conference room below, water, giant stairs leading to the canteen which turns out to be an informal odeon, and a wood deck as a lounge.

Cite: "Yapi Kredi Bank Academy / TEGET" 08 Dec 2009. ArchDaily. Accessed 17 Sep 2014. <http://www.archdaily.com/?p=43011>

20 comments

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    this is a copy/paste of Smiljan Radic’s project for the Civic Center of Concepcion, Chile except in exterior materials

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      except in exterior materials, interior materials, use, layout of the central area, lightning, colors…
      but if (and it’s a huge if) you were right and it was a copy-paste, I’d say the copy greatly improved the original

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    yeah it looks like Civic Center of Concepcion on the exterior but two blocks joining with a tube is not a huge discovery of Smilijan Radic! i guess there are thousands of buildings in this shape. and plus the “existing 10 cubes” almost eager to have such a pop out of the ground to get rid of the monotony they have. The interior makes a difference. i really liked the lighting. charmfull ambience at the interior. I really liked the light colors on ETFE. overall my rating is 4/5

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      ‘…two blocks joining with a tube is not a huge discovery of Smilijan Radic! i guess there are thousands of buildings in this shape…’

      i agree with u!this composition of geometries is not something that will ‘wow’!

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      You hit the nail on the head !!

      According to rumours getting round the Yapi Kredi Bank Academy is considering an agreement with an university to graduate Associate Diploma in Banking.

      BUT REMEMBER… about the appearance

      Beauty is not in the face; Beauty is a light in the heart…

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    saying copy-paste, this is not became a critic.
    there is two cube connected with the bridges. after a short research, everyone can easily find numerous examples. that’s not the point.
    i’m sure, the designers could not use the radic’s exterior material because of it’s value otherwise they’ve done with it(!). what a pity.

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    I work in banking from the academy in October.
    I think a great design. Convenient, colorful …
    People will take you to the university year.
    Thanks to everyone

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    Eğitim, kültür, sanat, mizah, tarih ne ararsan nezih ve şeffaf..en iyi yapıtlar arasında zirveye oynar.

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    This is an elegant example of a simple concept modified with by lighting scale and color. The designers did a nice job of choosing materials that would accent the buildings and make a statement on a prominent site. excellent job

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    This is an elegant example of a simple concept modified with by lighting scale and color. The designers did a nice job of choosing materials that would accent the buildings and make a statement on a prominent site. excellent job
    I think very very a great design

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    Why there is no interior photos looking outside trough the cooper facade… is it because it looks like kind of claustrophobic, like a jail, or maybe it’s dark…. or more simple, it’s just unrelevant and nothing to be conceited.

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