Partner in Charge: Aras Burak, Aris Kozmidis
Structural Engineer: Scobie Alvis
Tutor: Jonathan Dawes, Marco Guarreri (AA Intermediate 6, 2008-2009)
Project Support: Maria Panagiota Brewster, Aine O’Dwyer
A hotel for frequent travellers, the public cube and the London Underground Station, Tower Hill is merged together. We have experienced the public square for centuries, how about experiencing the public cube? Is there any way of designing an urban room that will become a free space any time of the day to hang around safely.
We define the busy mornings and evenings of the station as urban tide. The term is coined for defining the exact moments in a typical London work day, where the building meets with masses. During the night time and afternoons the tide disappears allowing slower paced programmes to take place on site.
We have proposed shortcuts, backstage conditions for the hotel workers within the public cube. The precedents are taken from our visits with AA from Tokyo’s Shibuya Square.
Phase 1 / Project led by Rem Koolhaas, Reinier de Graaf and Beth Hughes (OMA)
Phase 2 / Partner in Charge: Aras Burak
What could be the next step for the designers of the CCTV to push the limits of the skyscraper design. Only when the client gives no budget limit and no height restrictions, it is possible to imagine a new loop skyscraper. The proposal is located right next to the Al Faisaliah Hotel in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
The loop tower would connect the Foster’s mall with the Tange’s office building in Riyadh. The building is twisted joining in the middle of the whole height, allowing two meeting points to happen in a single skyscraper instead of one connecting bridge, like CCTV.
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The design of a mosque has always been a hot topic for discussion in Turkey. The arguments in terms of style are always trapped between the traditional vs. modern choice.
Our interest was to propose only a great space with no tricks of numbers, secret meanings, mystical decision.
The greatest dome that can ever be imagined is the sky. Therefore we did not propopse a new dome, instead: we proposed a window to the sky.
The site was lacking a urban context that can help us direct the building’s design. Instead of seeing our proposal as an urban structure, we were not ashamed to define it as a sculpture + mosque on Camlica Hill of Istanbul.
The semi-open dome is located between the open courtyard and the indoor space for prayers. This semi-open dome frames the sky with five openings. Funeral ceremonies are to take place here.
In plan, the building is divided into four parts, one semi-open dome, one open courtyard, one indoor space for prayers and the last one as a social, secular space for conferences, activities.
These four sections are surrounded by the honeycomb shaped units where hallways, staircases and lifts are also located. This frame also incorporates the classrooms into the design.
Roof has a 100mm deep decorative pool to prevent access to the minaret and the semi-open dome’s sculptural part.
The dome that is facing inwards is an outdoor amphitheatre. Also for tourists, it could’ve been an ideal location to witness the time of praying. We tried to keep this quarter of the building’s accesses and programme seperate from the rest of the building.
A year of research on Metabolist Movement and Nakagin Tower in Tokyo led to the design of a new type of skyscraper neighbourhood.
With it’s 100 population each, compartments are proposed taking Mahalle concept of Istanbul as precedent. Mahalle is a transitional space between a single dwelling and district scale. This in-between social sphere had no place in modern architecture yet.
Instead of exploiting the modularity of Nakagin, the focus of the project is on a simple, repetitive but yet still interesting structure.