GAZIANTEP CULTURAL & CONGRESS CENTER
The project is located on a northern hill in Gaziantep, overlooking the city. The northern border of thesite is defined by Fevzi Cakmak Boulevard, being a major route to which the building complex attaches itself. The energy transfer line spanning through the site and the vistas on south provide further inputs for organizing the site.
The building is designed to allow flexibility in space use and offers a variety of convention and cultural activity programs. The backbone of the project, a north-south axis, serves both as the connection between the various programs and as an alternative foyer that can host several cultural activities. A 2000 people hall, a 1000 people hall, two small halls, foyers, restaurant, and administration unit lie along the axis, which occasionally serves as a linear exhibition unit.
The axis concludes with a public amphitheater that enjoys the views of the city of Gaziantep. Inner courtyards punching through the building roof provide the interiors with daylight and natural ventilation, and create an interior cooling breeze which increases user comfort in the hot climate of Gaziantep.
Individual units within the program are provided with separate entrance and service spaces to allow multiple events to simultaneously take place in the structure, allowing it to become a cultural hub for the city.
Location: Gaziantep, Turkey
Project Partner: BNR Planning and Urban Transformation
Program: Cultural Center
Design Team: Onur Ozkoc, Heves Beseli, Hakan Sanli, Irem Buyukkocak