Monthly Archives: November 2016


For the prejury, we produced different housing units for different users, the units varies by adding new function to each other. (like adding working spaces). And we draw some elevations showing the interrelation between public spaces and common spaces. There are sharing same open spaces adjacent to each other.



As getting critics on and on, our design has developed,too. The way we show how Servi Street processed and now in this model it is more obvious. Servi showed with red, also forms spaces on most levels, so the commercial activities were spread through the site.So, the commercial character of the site can bee seen, forming terraces and open spaces penetrating through the masses.

The secondary masses of the design were attaching directly to the spine, so it can also create problematic areas, in this model, we were starting to differentiate those part by separating them. The model is work in progress, so it will evolve for the second jury.

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For the first jury, we were starting to search for ways to enhance the community life. We, as Janus Architecture, decided to achieve it through enhancing the communal interaction by developing the common and public spaces of the site. Servi Street used to be an important street of Ankara which leads itself to Ankara Castle. So, we thought we can revive the old fabric of the street; make it great, important again, working like an important social space. So, Servi Street is the spine of our design and it is more then just an horizontal street. It is more like a system of circulation for the public use; it is both a horizontal and vertical street. So, while Servi gets its three-dimensionality, it also forms our public spaces. Then the mass of our design formed itself accordingly. So, the design has different masses working with the same Servi public influence on different levels.


As the studio, we made the site model of considering our site and its surroundings. The site model is scaled 1/500.


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As the aim of the Urban Design course we were taken this semester, we were given a rather larger site containing also the site of ARCH301. We were supposed to enhance the community by designing the urban character of the site. But first, as the studio we were supposed to do a very detailed analysis of the site. So, each group has a subject to focus and analyse.

We were given to examine and discover the geomorphology and hydromorphology of the site; the geomorphology means the height of the site; the slope of the land. So we were looking for valley conditions or hilltop conditions. Our site used to have Incesu stream, then it was moved under the road which changed lots of the characteristics of the site. It creates heat islands. (because the cold provided by the stream now is gone) Then we also discover the movement of the sun, and realized that the density of the buildings creates shadows on each others’ facade.

After analyzing the given site and discovering its geomorphologic qualities, we determined some problems throughout the site. There is formation of heat islands due to obscuration of Incesu stream which affects the temperature of the city. It causes a rise in the heat which is also generated by the dense construction and housing. The air is trapped within the city; it cannot be refreshed. The perpendicular positioning of the buildings against the predominant wind direction, which is north east for the city center, prevents the flow of wind corridors and air circulation within the city. Especially in the winter, the air pollution reaches its high levels and have an impact on the urban area. Additionally, the city formation is based on the interrelation between the buildings, which is also a problematic issue for our site. The buildings either not designed and positioned to get direct sunlight or they create shadow to the adjacent structures without taking into consideration the advantages of topography that can be adjusted to prevent those situations.


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