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Cansu Bulduk Selected Works

IYIG Office I 01 TSKB Office I 02 Denizbank HQ I 03 Coca-Cola Istanbul Office I 04 Microsoft Istanbul Social Areas I 05 Leka Hotel I 06 Green Hill 27 I 07 Cukurova Airport I 08 Mausoleum I 09 Sec Kundura - Shoe Shop I 10 5L Office Cafeteria, Beijing I 11 Table design I 12

Professional works



03 06

<the notion of boundary and dialectics of inside and outside>



Re-use of a former jailhouse in Taskopru I 01 Visitor Centre for an Archeological Site I 02 Event Area Design I 03 Reception and Exhibition Area of an Expo I 04 Skanska: Bridging Prague I 05


Médiathèque I 05 Sulukule Entertainment House I 06 Restaurant and Wine House I Gocek I 07 Borusan ArtCenter I Building Survey I 08

Hasanpasa Gazhanesi I Performing Arts Center I 01 46 logements à Paris I studio <de l’intime au collectif> I 02 Student Housing I 03 Primary and Secondary School I 04

Academic works

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Work Experience TDStudio (Tsushıma Design Studio) (Tokyo, 2016- ) Erginoğlu & Çalışlar Architects (Istanbul, 2013- 2016) Emre Arolat Architects (Istanbul, 2013) Nord Mimarlık-Tasarım (Istanbul, 2012) Han Tümertekin ve Mimarlar Tasarım (office internship, summer 2011)


Savoy Konutları,Bahadır İnşaat (construction internship, summer 2011)

Date of birth: 29/10/1990


Place of birth: Ankara/ Turkey

Knauf Project Competition: Visitor Center Design for an Archeological Site

Current location: Tokyo/ Japan

(1st prize)

Citizenship: Republic of Turkey

Yildiz Technical University Davutpasa Campus: Event Area Design

Education 2007- 2013 Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University, Istanbul (BA - architecture) 2011-2012 École Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture de Paris-Belleville (Erasmus) 2004- 2007 Gazi Anadolu Lisesi, Ankara

(purchase award) Kastamonu Municipality: Re-use of a former jailhouse in Taskopru (1st prize and deemed for construction) Chamber of Architects/ Bursa: Reception and Exhibition Area of an Expo (jury special award) Emre Arolat Architects-Travel Scholarship Research Project : < the notion of boundary and dialectics of inside and outside>

Exhibition <The Notion of Boundary and the Dialectics of Inside / Outside>

1998- 2004

japan / mexico (msgsü, feb’12)

Ted Ankara College

Interests furniture design, music, cinema, photography, art, fashion design, drawing, crafts, illustration, literature

Workshops hogeschool van amsterdam - streets of amsterdam : workshop and seminars imib - natural stone workshop msgsü - workshop: sensory volume betonart - concrete workshop


kayaköy - re-integration summer workshop msgsü - in-betweenness in beyoglu: transition, passage, arcade

Fudomae House 3-12-13 Nishigotanda Shinagawa 141-0031 Tokyo

msgsü - streetistanbul : workshop and seminars

Computer Skills Autocad

+90 535 469 99 47

Adobe Photoshop


Adobe Indesign


Adobe Illustrator



Professional Works


Interior design planning of Istanbul Yiyecek Icecek Grubu (IYIG) Headquarters: The project is covering a total of 1000 square meters area, located in Maslak as a 7-storey building, as the -1st and -2nd floors being food/beverage preparation areas, 2nd and 3rd floors being office areas and the 4th floor (attic) being the conference and dining area. IYIG Headquarters is designed as an office building that a dynamic leader in its industry and gathering the “Good Food” concept in Turkey under a single roof should be able to possess. As a company active in the gastronomic industry whilst having a corporate identity, it was inevitable that its headquarters integrate food and corporate works within and therefore, the food/beverage preparation areas, kitchens and corporate working spaces and meeting rooms have all been gathered under a single roof. 07

In order to maintain the porate with the kitchenâ&#x20AC;?, fice and kitchen areas. been strengthened and

integrity and continuance of the workflow within the building and to â&#x20AC;&#x153;unite the cora circular stair has been built that elevates up to the full 7 storeys between the ofThis structure that is visible begging from the main entrance to the office has became more visual with mirrors and lighting components installed vertically.

In this modern and dynamic office, one of the main design ideas was to create an open office and for that reason, transparent separators have been used in certain spaces that needed to be separated to emphasize on the transmittance. 08

Also, within the scope of the same design idea, open kitchens were placed in office areas to maintain the interaction between the different teams in the office. On the other hand, the dynamic use of mirrors and gradient color transitioned separators in certain areas such as the reception areas in upper floors gives an accelerating effect to the office to reflect its high tempo.


The dynamic spirit of the office is also further reflected by the use of concrete as a floor material. For the TV shows of the company, a show kitchen is placed in the main office floor. This project is not only a simple company headquarters, but an all-round living area and an example of the modern working standards where people could create new cooking recipes and at the same time, meetings with advertising agencies could be held, while live TV shows are being shot and the employees going up to the roof top to catch some fresh air. 10


TSKB (Turkish Industrial Development Bank) Findikli branch on Meclis-i Mebusan street was designed by Metin Hepgüler in line with the modern architecture of its time. The building is significant for its contributions to the city. The office building of the bank is located on a side street, which is not visible from the main street. The aforementioned rearrangement was made in the rear building. The starting point of this project was that there was a significant need of an updated working space for the bank, that was no longer responding to the contemporary needs. Interior wood cladding and room partitioning identified with the building’s character was disabling natural light to enter the building. For this reason where necessary solid wooden walls were replaced with light, translucent glass partitioning systems. Towards the window (elevation) side open plan was decided to be implemented and no walls were used. In order to create a space for socialising a Mezzanine lobby floor and coffee corners at office floors were integrated into the building. The existing cafeteria has been redesigned in line with the new open plan office system. 11


03 Denizbank Headquarters OFFICE / ERGINOGLU & CALISLAR CLIENT/ Denizbank YEAR/ 2015 TOTAL AREA/ 40000 m² LOCATION/ İstanbul


Denizbank, which has been one of the leading companies of the banking sector in Turkey, has decided to unite all their offices that have been located in various buildings around Gayrettepe in a single building to provide a stronger communication between departments, obtain a much productive management and to provide improved services in the future years. With this objective, the largest rental agreement in Turkey had been made and 28 floors in addition to the basement floors of the Torun Tower office building in Esentepe have been rented. Architectural project design and construction site controlling services of the mentioned areas were given by Erginoğlu & Çalışlar. Areas that are densely occupied and therefore which require larger areas, such as Call Center, Academy, Food court, Cafeteria, Medical room, etc, are located in the basement floors, whereas departments related with the banking transactions are located on the office floors above.Floor plans have been organized in regard with the triangle-form of the building and the core areas have

been covered with fabric panels which act as a protective system for acoustic reasons and which reflect the bank’s corporate identity. The open office areas are solved around this shell and the corners are designed for Assistant Manager rooms.On every floor, coffee corners have been designed for the people who are working in the open offices and these areas are supported by lounge areas. Two floors, on one of which the meeting rooms and on the other, executive departments are located, are designed distinctively. On these floors, marine elements have been integrated with the interior design in relation with the history of the bank.Lighting has been designed in consideration of the perception from the outside and within this perspective, similiar elements are used on each floor which emphasizes the entirety and the radial effect of the building.The office building, which is one of a few offices that occupies around 4500 people, is regulated by mechanical and electrical automation systems.




04 Coca-Cola Istanbul Office OFFICE / ERGINOGLU & CALISLAR CLIENT/ Coca=Cola YEAR/ 2013 LOCATION/ Ä°stanbul (not constructed)




05 Microsoft Istanbul Office I Social Areas OFFICE / ERGINOGLU & CALISLAR

CLIENT/ Microsoft Istanbul

YEAR/ 2013 TOTAL AREA/ 260 m² LOCATION/ İstanbul

Social areas on the upper floor of the existing Microsoft Istanbul office has be re-organized in order to increase opportunities for interaction and to make it more usable by improving the insufficiencies. A furniture system has been proposed to unite the various usages of the social zone (eating, drinking, lounge and casual meeting areas). Different zones are created within this area to enable various usages- small groups to gather, single workspaces and semi-private areas.



CLIENT/ Leka Hotel Group YEAR/2015 TOTAL AREA/ 3200m² LOCATION/ Dolapdere,İstanbul


07 Green Hill 27 I Retail & Office Building OFFICE / ERGINOGLU & CALISLAR CLIENT/ ADEC YEAR/ 2015 TOTAL AREA/ 10000 m² LOCATION/ Wh’te C’ty/ Baku/ Azerba’jan


08 Cukurova Regional Airport Complex OFFICE / EMRE AROLAT ARCHITECTS LOCATION / Adana YEAR/ 2013 TOTAL AREA / 325.000 m2

Adana is an agricultural and commercial center located in southern Turkey and a priority â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;s placed on the existing natural texture and the dominant agricultural character of the region. Efforts were made to minimize energy use in the 325.000-square-meter terminal, which is intended to serve ten million passengers a year. It can be desribed as a green shell that acts as a second roof that fades away and becomes permeable at some places in the passenger terminal and the multistory parking buildings, allowing natural air ventilation. Interior gardens bring sunlight into the passenger areas as well.


Careful attention was paid to the technical aspects of the project, such as passenger-baggage flow, ease of management and maintenance, growth potential, and opportunities for flexible use. The passenger hall ‘s tr’ed to be made modest but assertive in the volumetric impact of the materials. The airport complex emerges as a sort of “man-made topography” that is practically invisible because of its green roof, which requires little maintenance.




Competition for the Mausoleum and Museum of Rauf Denktas


The purpose of the competition is to promote the design of a mausoleum and museum for the memory of Rauf Raif Denktas, the founding President of Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC), who as a political figure symbolizes half a century long struggle of Turkish Cypriots for independence and equity at national and international platforms.


10 Sec Kundura I Shoe Shop OFFICE / NORD MIMARLIK - TASARIM YEAR/ 2012 LOCATION/ Manisa



11 5L Office Cafeteria I Beijing OFFICE / TDStudio YEAR/ 2016 LOCATION/ Beijing/ China


CLIENT:/ Cast Istanbul YEAR/ 2012 LOCATION/ Ä°stanbul


Academic Works

01 Performing Arts Center / Hasanpasa Gazhanesi Graduation Project YEAR/ 2012 LOCATION/ KadÄąkoy / Istanbul

HasanpaĹ&#x;a Gazhanesi has been idle for a long time inspite of the fact that a project with cultural and social content has been suggested by the interference of various civil initiatives. In regard with this fact, it is intended to reuse the area as a performing arts center. As a basis, the continuity of the public spaces is taken into consideration. The existing buildings which are envisioned to be protected are given the function of education of music, dance and theater, so that the particularities of these buildings would be exposed.


The project area, which is surrounded by intensive housing, is currently detached from the surroundings, as it is sited on a lower level. So to handle this issue, a gap of interaction and encounter is suggested on the upper level. The gasometer is preserved as a trace, and a hole is opened on the surface to create an inner garden on the lower floor. In this way, a city-garden has emerged. This could be reached by the ramp from the upper level where the main square is, and at the end you could reach the open space on the lower level. The library, the performance hall, the exhibition hall and the cafeteria is all articulated to this ramp, with which the continuity and the flow between levels are intended. In contrast with the existing structure which is composed of pieces, a singular/ monolithic formation is adopted as a correspondence. The structure is accorded to the slope and a controlled amount of light is provided inside through the shafts of light. The spaces are mainly organized with the orientation to the interior garden.






02 46 logements à Paris I studio <de l’intime au collectif> École Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture de Paris-Belleville YEAR/ 2012 LOCATION/ Paris

As a general principle, an experimental approach is directed towards the spatial organization of each dwelling. Typologies with various qualities are intended to be produced- such as inside gardens and sky terraces. Mainly, the width of each flat is reduced to the minimum and by keeping them long and narrow the number of flats which has both-sided view is tried to be increased. So each flat has a view towards the jardin public on the road side, and of the inner courtyard. On the façades, the balance between open and close surfaces is aimed, and to prevent the whole exposure of the inside/ outside, wooden panels are designed. By this, the light is intended to be received by shades. On the ground floor, two passages are created to keep the continuation of transition. And in-between spaces between the buildings, which are created by the length differences,provide space for interaction.



03 Student Housing YEAR/ 2011 LOCATION/ Dolapdere, Istanbul

The idle land next to the Dolapdere Campus of Bilgi University, which is now used for parking, is meant to meet the requirement for student housing in connection with the campus, where no dormitories are provided. As it is located across a wide and busy road, to prevent sound and noise pollution, a distinctive “wall” is required. The design of this wall was where the project takes its form. It is intended to evolve an understanding by means of creating inner spaces for meeting and gathering by making openings on the surface of the wall. And through these openings, the interaction between both sides and limited visions are provided. In addition, in order to ensure the diversity of different expectations and the variety, different

typologies are developed in a modular approach. These are grounded on a gridal sub-structure, but with the movement of the modules, a dynamic effect is created. And this effect is aimed to be perceived from the “inner-space” between the two blocks. This innergarden is associated with the common use areas on the ground floor, which leads to a continuos flow on the ground. Then, a different proposal is brought to the wall referred, a system is designed, surrounding the circulation spaces like a shell. A texture is produced for this semi-permeable shell. In this way, the internal/external relationship is questioned, the possibilites have been conceived. 48



04 Primary and Secondary School YEAR/ 2010 LOCATION/ Etiler, Istanbul


Shaping the context around notions such as recognition, interaction, socializing and participation, self-awareness of the children is intended and thus, creating spaces feasable to reveal their ability to express themselves was one of the main goals of this project. To make them see the whole area as a playground, with surprising and unexpected interspaces, their curiosity to the outer world would be exposed. Providing opportunities to escape to the nature- in this case the gardens- would be a way of stimulating their

senses and being so much in touch with the open spaces would ease experimentation. By creating an inner road, the functions are jointed onto this axis- it could be considered as a spinal- and by this, the connection between the two inner gardens/squares is made. Also by transforming the street between the two plots into a pedestrian/student street, the relation between the children and the street is provided. Designing some in-between spaces and various vistas, personal experiences are expected to be achieved.


05 MÊdiathèque

YEAR/ 2009 LOCATION/ Beyoglu, Istanbul

Media, regarded as the new basis for communication and interaction of the contemporary society, carries the tools to store and deliver information and data. Multimedia, is media and content that uses a different combination of content forms, which are, text, audio, still images, animation, video and interactivity. In this project, the basic structure of an existing parking area is kept as a frame and the design is proceeded with a new approach. The location was one of the starting points, as connectivity is a crucial issue in such a context, because the main goal was to make the media centre a centre of gravity, a point of attraction, by providing the participation of people during the whole day, from little-breaks to long-hours. Sheltering a diversity of functions such as arts, education, entertainment, research, recreation facilities, this could be obtained. To reflect the surrounding historical fabric, to keep the harmony within them, and to expose the existing structure, transparency is preferred and the combination of wood, glass and concrete is planned. 54

06 Entertainment House YEAR/ 2011 LOCATION/ Sulukule, Istanbul

Considering the renovation projects that have been carried out for Sulukule, and its relation with the urban scale, not only the physical properties but also the social and economical relations and expectations of the occupants were determinative for the projects being proposed, for it is the residents that defines and identifies the space being designed. So ,in order to create a place that would be sustainable in the long-term, providing job opportunities and developping various programs/ functions which would lead us to the amelioration of the area was one of the main goals. Also, the fact that Sulukule is representing the Roman culture on the basis of music and being unique for this issue, led me to an entertainment house project which would be shaped, and re-shaped, affected by the talents and experiences of the occupants.




07 Borusan ArtCenter/ Building Survey YEAR/ 2010 LOCATION/ Beyoglu, Istanbul

A historical building in Beyoglu is undertaken for a building survey, which is currently used as an ArtCenter for Borusan. where artist studios are located and can be rented for various periods. It is a 7-storey building possessing particular details of construction. The facade, the gravures on the interior walls and ceilings and the floor tiles are notable.




01 Re-use of a former jailhouse in Taskopru 2011 1st prize

During the design process, it is intended to make a notional connection with the previously existed jail, while questioning the ways of representation of the human senses and perception which is being stimulated. At this moment, the â&#x20AC;&#x153;wallâ&#x20AC;? appears as a crucial element- territorizing inside and outside- for the aim was to solidize this separation and to sharpen the effect on the human being. For the reason to relate matter and spirit, the wall is given a poetic meaning.To reflect the enclosure and the tightness of the jail ideologically, the existing point of entry is kept to create the tension and mainly,volumes are kept massive/solid/monolithic. In this way, discontinuity/ dis-

jointment between inside and outside is expressed. It is demanded to strenghthen the atmosphere by limiting the transition of light-which is presented by the abstraction of the current openings, while on the contrary, the circulation area is made transparent which makes it possible to let the wall be an absolute border.The site is organised in a way to smoothen and to soften the transition between mass and void and a joint/fusion is aimed. Inside the hall, the changeability of the seatings makes use of the hall in various ways. The modules/ cells outside in the garden operates for exhibitions, recreation facilities and isolation.


02 Visitor Centre for an Archeological Site 2012 1st prize

At the entrance of the site, a square is created through which the distribution is organized. Walls are placed to enable orientation. The ticket office and the storage is positioned separately to give the visitors the opportunity of uninterrupted transition to the ruins. The access to the souvenir shop, cafe and toilets is through the space behind the semi-permeable wall. This semi-open space provides a protection from the climate and the cafeteria is also in relation with this in-between space. In order to strenghten the strong effect of the walls, concrete is chosen as a material. Steel and glass systems are preferred together with that. For the design of the product display units in the souvenir shop, various movable units are suggested and niches are created to bring simple solutions which are associated with the space. Human scale is taken as a basis, for individuals to establish relationships with the space, and to create a platform/ interval for interaction and spending time, rather than being solely a passage.

03 Event Area Design 2011 purchase award

At the intersection of the main road which comes from the entrance of the campus with the main building, a square is designed hrough the mechanism which is situated between the square and the cafeteria, space is extricated from being solely a transition place and turned into a â&#x20AC;&#x153;vivantâ&#x20AC;? space, which is flexible-providing areas for resting/sitting/relaxing. The cafeteria is organised with both open and

closed areas and an alternative performance space is proposed within the cafe which has the inner garden on the lower elevation. The shell-covering the top of the cafeteria while attaching the stage in a perpetuating manner, is changing into seatings by opening the metal sheets that come together to form the surface of the shell.



04 Reception and Exhibition Area of an Expo 2013 jury special award

To increase the interaction of the temporary structure with the expo area, a permeable organization of space is suggested. A layered structure is formed on the basis of the continuity of circulation. Each layer, being diverse in relation with the particular function that it holds, brings the

readability of the layers. By overlapping/ detaching gaps, the transition between functions which are positioned on them is provided. As a material, the usage of plywood is suggested, taking into account its durability and installation. 70


05 Skanska : Bridging Prague 2012 unawarded

It is basicly developed in a modular approach and is grounded on a gridal sub-structure, but with the movement of the modules, a dynamic effect is created.

To bound the transition areas, water and green areas are taken advantage of. Spaces are extricated from being solely transition areas and turned into â&#x20AC;&#x153;vivantâ&#x20AC;? places.

In relation with the water, a gradient transition is carried to let opportunities for experiencing the river-front. To differentiate modes of perception, volumes, surfaces and interspaces are combined in variations which would lead to diverse usages.

Flexible areas for resting/sitting/relaxing are organised making it possible for both interaction/ isolation.

An intimate connection with the human scale is intended, and through varying usages, the relationship with that space is examined. A square is designed to collect/gather and to spread/circulate.

A performance area is envisioned and a cafeteria in relation with this is proposed to be with both open and closed areas. It is envisioned to be a point of attraction by the participation of the people during the whole day, from little breaks to long hours, sheltering a diversity of functions such as, arts, education, entertainment and recreation facilities. 72


â&#x20AC;&#x153;Birds are creatures with an outside and an inside. When you remove the outside, you see the inside. When you remove the inside, you see the soul.â&#x20AC;? Vivre Sa Vie, Jean-Luc Godard

Research Project The Notion of Boundary and Dialectics of Inside and Outside Japan / Mexico 2012

“Where can one flee, where find refuge? In what shelter can one take refuge? Space is nothing but a “horrible outside-inside.” Bachelard, Gaston “Poetics of Space”

A dialectical framework of questioning void/ space, boundary/ periphery, interior/ exterior by perceiving the layers of interpretation to obtain depth through multiple readings and to reveal poetic qualities, thus a search for a mediation/ an intermediary embracing these notions. An attempt to restore the intimacy of life, and perhaps an endeavor“to humanize what is in danger of becoming inhumane” . Seeking for a place that could happen by signifying the tension and friction of opposing dynamics like order and disorder, structure and chaos, matter and void, body and substance, mind and spirit, bone and flesh. How could a mediator be exposed by the transcendence

of this duality? Is it possible to reach a new form of identification by the displacement/ diffusion/ disapperance/ destruction/ transformation of these limits? A new form of expression through the in-between spaces, referring the realities/ identities/ contents on either side, and through the dynamic relationship of this conflicting but multivalent situation, could lead us somewhere. The interrelation of these all drift me to quest how the relationship of the internal/ external -created by the bordercan be examined through two different geographies? Is it possible to make a multi-layered reading on the articulation of “inside and outside” in different cultures or to trace reflections of this concept in space/ time/ language/ behaviors/ any other human conditions?


â&#x20AC;&#x153;Knowledge would be fatal. It is the uncertainty that charms one. A mist makes things wonderful.â&#x20AC;? -Dorian Gray, Oscar Wilde


Connecting dualities -self/other, inside/outside, mind/ body- with the possibility of a continuous and mutual exchange between the finite and the infinite , and articulating distinctions between corporeality and spirit, as well as

reality and illusion, a flow could be achieved. A “’flow’ that examines spatial sequences that facilitate connectivity as well as multivalent surfaces that embody instability and transience.”


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