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Marc Koehler and ONZ Design Massive, "Ultra-Modern" Campus in Turkey

Marc Koehler and ONZ Design Massive, "Ultra-Modern" Campus in Turkey
Marc Koehler and ONZ Design Massive, "Ultra-Modern" Campus in Turkey, View. Image Courtesy of Marc Koehler / ONZ Architects
View. Image Courtesy of Marc Koehler / ONZ Architects

Marc Koehler Architects, in collaboration with ONZ Architects, have recently won an invited competition for their design of the Kastamonu Campus in Turkey. Their winning proposal, described as "an asymmetrical star", embodies excellence and is an endeavor to create the largest high school campus ever designed. Featuring laboratories, libraries, performance spaces, sports centers, a health centre, places of worship, dormitories and 29,000 square meters of educational spaces, the campus is expected to welcome 10,000 students.

Overview. Image Courtesy of Marc Koehler / ONZ Architects
Overview. Image Courtesy of Marc Koehler / ONZ Architects
Exterior Sketch. Image Courtesy of Marc Koehler / ONZ Architects
Exterior Sketch. Image Courtesy of Marc Koehler / ONZ Architects

An Advanced Centre of Learning

"The campus will be an advanced centre of learning that will prepare the growing demographic of Turkish youth for the challenges facing them in a rapidly growing economy. It will replace the school buildings in the towns the grounds of which are being reassigned for commercial purposes."

"The team wanted to give the students their own urban centre. The ancient Greek idea of the agora, a place where education, commerce and religion are celebrated, provided an inspiration. The numerous colonnades, open spaces, courtyards and refectory sunk into the heart of the courtyard are an expression of the campus as a centre for educational, social and psychological development. By raising the central court, the expanse of the campus is compressed to a more intimate, human scale that the students can feel comfortable in. This raised feature of the star camouflages the intricate technical and well organized infrastructure beneath the campus, liberating the public and social areas above for pedestrians."

A Relationship Between Nature and Architecture

View. Image Courtesy of Marc Koehler / ONZ Architects
View. Image Courtesy of Marc Koehler / ONZ Architects
Interior Sketch. Image Courtesy of Marc Koehler / ONZ Architects
Interior Sketch. Image Courtesy of Marc Koehler / ONZ Architects

"The relationship between nature and architecture is defined by the open configuration of the buildings towards the natural surroundings. The star shape permits gentle transitioning between the educational, recreational, residential and natural surroundings. Creating a spectacular panoramic view, the star seduces wanderers to instinctively expand their path into nature, enlarging the area of the campus and providing more space for reflection."

"Sourcing the local marble and travertine, rich in copper and the abundant pine in the region, the design team had a strong focus on innovation and sustainability in the design. The strategic alignment of the arms channel winds to generate natural ventilation for the structures, while their orientation to the suns path naturally light the interior of the buildings and the clever use of glass creates a greenhouse effect that regulates the climate within. A water based geothermal system is also implemented to modify the internal climate, pumping water through copper pipes to heat and cool the buildings."

A Flexible, Modular System

Section. Image Courtesy of Marc Koehler / ONZ Architects
Section. Image Courtesy of Marc Koehler / ONZ Architects
Interior Sketch. Image Courtesy of Marc Koehler / ONZ Architects
Interior Sketch. Image Courtesy of Marc Koehler / ONZ Architects

"The natural topography of the surrounding landscape lead the design and the organization of the complex, aligning structures along the natural relief of the land to define their function and identity around the star. The educational facilities located along two of the arms were envisioned as a flexible and modular system, equipped with diverse, modular elements that easily allow for adaptable configuration of the structures. A theatre, the refectory and the sports complex have an iconic appearance within the complex and together with the library which is embedded and terraced into the bank, are open to visitors from the region, injecting an impulse of urban life to the campus grounds."

  • Competition

    Kastamonu Campus
  • Award

    First Place
  • Architects

  • Location

    Kastamonu University, 37150 Kastamonu Province, Turkey
  • Design Partners / Co-Architect

    ONZ Architects
  • Design Architects

    Marc Koehler, Onat Öktem (ONZ), Zeynep Öktem (ONZ)
  • Design Team

    Marc Koehler, Onat Öktem (ONZ), Zeynep Öktem (ONZ), David Klinkhamer, Veerle Rigter, Loed Stolte, Ceyhun Ruhisu Altiok (ONZ), Esat Can Meker (ONZ), Besmier Kamberi (ONZ)
  • Client

    Turkish Government
  • Consultants

    Arup (Netherlands), Arif Künar
  • Area

    81740.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014

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Location to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address. Cite: James Taylor-Foster. "Marc Koehler and ONZ Design Massive, "Ultra-Modern" Campus in Turkey" 30 Jan 2014. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/470885/marc-koehler-architects-and-onz-architects-design-ultra-modern-large-scale-campuses-in-turkey/> ISSN 0719-8884
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