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In general, the projects I have worked on seek to be an expression of an artistic vision in an architectural medium for the enrichment of architecture and its sensitivity, materiality, and contextuality while exploring the overlap of the physical, cultural, and artistic definitions upon each other.

oblique bo DIPLOMA PROJECT FACULTY CHAIR’S AWARD feb16’ june17’ individual project, designer location: Bologna, Italy type: student center instructors: Ayşen Savaş, Onat Öktem


.The project aims to design a student center on the edge of a medieval wall in the university campus. The challenge is to form an act that enchances different time segments while proposing a new order .Bologna is perceived as a medieval city that is strictly defined by horizontal and vertical lines. However, this project handles all of the definitions in an in-between space that takes being /oblique/ into account metaphorically and physically. As a result, formally being the antithesis of the current order.

.The cultural richness of Bologna is often referenced by / intellectual lab / .This reference /intellectual lab/ is prompted by the expansion of the borders of the spaces that is causing the overlapping programs.For the inhabitants of today the idea of the spaces is formulated this way; space + program + identity overlap by time, by events, and by the structure .So despite the fact that being quite opposite of Bologna by means of the form, the spatial analysis suggests that Bologna is already living in overlapped spaces that are stratifying within themselves by time, event and structure.


Oblique lines create a continuous flow between the spaces by continuous slabs. This spatial flow has been taken as the heart of the project for the generation of architectural intersections. The / takes what Bologna defines spatially + programmatically and converts them to a spatial action

sketch model exploring the converging lines

sketch model exploring the flux of spaces


AA’ elevation from outside of the wall A’


elevation collage illustrating the design creating its own topography the continous flow and the interaction between the spaces B’



BB’ elevation from the university campus


plan slices


plan +2.00 N A

section slices

section AA’


resting spaces

plan -2.00

quite rooms imagination lab imagination lab bar emeroteca

exchange, imagination, production

second hand bookstore arts lab idea lab

accomodation botanic garden bridge

botanic garden bridge

exhibition ramp

sports area


imagination lab student council rooms


open performance space auditorium exchange platform

open performance space

historic artefacts display

auditorium + city bridge exhibition, preservation

exhibition space conservation lab historic artefacts display

audiotorium tech spaces lounge


the shell

space frame

facade structure

double facade glass + mesh

continous slabs transformable separations

botanic garden + wall bridge

underground spaces






transparent, transformable, flowing spaces and events imagination, learning production


transparent, transformable, flowing spaces and events discussing, gathering, exhibiting

expanded threshold ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN STUDIO V fourth year sept16’ feb17’ individual project, designer location: ankara castle mural terrain, turkey type: sustainable landscape instructors: Ayşen Savaş, Funda B. Bütüner


.Expanded Threshold is a landscape project that aims to sustain the historic area of central Ankara ecologically, socially and culturally. .The name stems from the theoretical and spatial analysis of the site. In the Ankara Castle region, it is seen that physical architectural elements are expanded in their scale.The main example is the castle wall. The wall creates its own landscape by duplicating, scaling and expanding itself(mural terrain). This is how the wall secures and creates the life inside.

overlapping map

collage- castle wall forming a terrain

the threshold, design area

.Historically, this area was conquered by many civilizations, however, this mountainside had never been spatially active, thus it has stayed as an untamed threshold. The idea is to expand this threshold as the wall does to itself and design the life of today and tomorrow. .As an outcome, the design envisions this area to be an educational and cultural center while being the focus of ecologic production. In addition, the design values the cultural richness and layers of the area by linking them all together. .Thus, the idea of expansion is not only physical but also metaphorical by creating links between cultural, technological and ecological factors.


wall remnants on the site

expansion lines

areas to be occupied without touching the walls


areas to be occupied

wall remnants on site

expansion lines

mural terrain

exploded design diagram


ecologic& social flows the main aim is the cultivation of the land & society by crossing social and ecological flows to form a productive, sustainable landscape while taking advantage of the hill, wind, sun exposure, and natural water source

daily ecologic instances wind, rain, sun

daily ecologic patterns wind, rain, sun

yearly ecologic instances wind, rain, sun

creating a mutual relation between the design area + surrounding cultural zones social program diagrams schedule day/night + daily/yearly

yearly ecologic patterns wind, rain, sun


everchanging landscape through the site section, the change of ecological, social and natural flows changes the functional distribution and the scale of spaces


section analysis according to the inclination and embodyment of wall remains




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expanded fields hybrid landscape in which the biological, artificial, technological and cultural are merged to enhance and celebrate the existing ecologic and social conditions

photovoltaics, solar array productive units 12 v one day of production wind belts can produce energy from the lightest wind

scheme of gridal organization of the units which harnest solar and kinetic energy of wind


bird eye views from expanded threshold

detailed views of units representing the activities, events and productive events that will be held

li v i ngi nmass ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN STUDIO IV third year sept15’ feb16’ individual project, designer location: ankara, turkey type: housing instructors: Namık Erkal, Onur Özkoç


.The housing project is located in a part of the city where new urban transformation process is negatively affecting the living habits. Urban transformation interventions that increase the density uncontrollably, threaten the former living habits and lifestyles. .The idea is to keep the complexity of mass housing design while offering individuality to the units so that living in mass, wouldn’t mean the loss of individuality.


programmatic stripes

housing strip

all layers juxtaposed

.The proposed housing project employs a strip strategy. The strips exhibit character variation from the public to private functions while embodying landscape, commercial activities, and housing. They are connected to each other and with the neighborhood via pedestrian bridges. .The focus is on the housing strip: linear blocks which have a maximum of 7 storeys. For the first 3 storeys, can also be accesses by a ramp that carries the movement from street to the housing units, creating an exterior circulation.


_single loaded, 7th floor plan

units + corridor

_single loaded, 3rd floor plan

program organization permeability changes within the building

_single loaded, 1st floor plan

units + corridor + void

units + corridor + void

ramps + voids

the ramp _double loaded, trough the ramp

site elevation +28.00

+38.00 +30.00




space organization principle

80 m2

80 m2

120 m2

120 m2

unit plans

diagrams explaning the permeability, public/private definitions, continuum of greenery, the inhabitant’s perception and visual relations

240 m2

square meters + distribution


“...keeping the complexity of mass housing while offering an individuality to the units so that living in mass, wouldn’t mean the loss of individuality.”

c oho

ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN STUDIO II ArchED JURY SPECIAL AWARD second year feb15’ june15’ individual project, designer location: eskisehir, turkey type: community house instructors: Güven Arif Sargın, Yigit Acar


exploring the process, the forces and the formation

.During the formation of the Co-House, the given site has been analyzed as the continuum of the public realm, namely: the river, pedestrian and commercial streets. .These elements have given the keywords such as permeability, transparency, flow, production and community that shaped the overall geometry, functional distribution of spaces and materiality.

.The given plot to be designed is a corner plot that has facades to water, pedestrian road, and commercial street. This corner is followed by series of row houses in front of the river. .The challenge is to create a building with public character while keeping a certain balance between the public and private realm in a city that has certain traditions and material culture.

site model justaposed with sketches and diagrams

DESIGN ELEMENTS PLANS, ECTIONS, DETAILS .On a larger scale, the existence of water is prioritized and a pedestrian alley is formed to establish a flow between two sides. .On a smaller scale, the city already employs certain construction techniques which is a hybrid of metal, brick, and concrete. As the program, the city gives references in terms of the communal usage of spaces and production culture in ateliers and workshops

looking in detail the roof, glass + metal facade

plan +1.50 bakery, shop, coffee-corner, info wall

BB section

looking in detail the roof, glass + metal facade

plan +6.50 transformable workshop area CC section

.Together with external (site analysis: movement, speed, density, existence of water) and internal forces (analysis of neighbourhood) the given volume cracks, creates void and become permeable for the designed program to includes as bakery, coffee corners, infowalls and ateliers/workshops.

AA section


perspective from workshop area upper floor


birdeye view to the alley


ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN STUDIO I first year feb14 june14 individual project, designer location: non-location type:landscape fabrication - exploration instructors: İpek Gürsel Dino,Güven Arif Sargın


.The system explores topics such as movement, speed, and density of movement, event spaces, forces on form, temporality, expansion, and flexibility. The idea is to express the production of spaces in different sizes and functions through a dynamic and multi-layered abstraction.The physical model expresses the one frozen instance in time.

.The main aim of this exploration is to produce a terrain with the method of aggregation of a modular unit. The final product is to accommodate a series of events and to have its own tectonic quality.

sketches exploring flexible fields


process diagram raising questions about spatial relations, their production, temporality, various forces on site, and so on


the w eave

GENERATIVE DESIGN STUDIO fourth year sep17 jan 18 individual project, designer location: METU Architecture Faculty type:installation instructors: İpek Gürsel Dino


Interlacing the elements of space (light, material quality, and grid)to each other appreciates space metaphorically and visually. The main organizational idea is to collect light during the day, enhance the poetric and abstract qualities of the space. During the night, lighting the environment up. This is important in case of architecture faculty to be active especially during the night since the faculty is a production space all hours of the day. Stating this quality with a sculptural work in faculty building is one of the key points of the design.

METU Architecture Faculty building is a modern masterpiece. The main aim is to produce an installation in this remarkable building by interpreting the gridal organization of the architectural elements with the contemporary design tools so that the building will act as an input to the design. The weave takes formal references from its context, and by taking account of light and transforming the space.

the process of form finding with 3D printed mass model and the mesh & line work model


analysis of floors plans solid void relations


solid/void relations and the distances affecting the overall form and the grid from elevation

solid/void relations and the distances affecting the overall form and the grid from top view

0.00 |+4.00 planes


+4.00 |+4.70 planes


+4.70|+8.80 planes


+10.25 |+11.75 planes


analysis of forces and their relative forces

the grids on wall, light, the existence of the gobektasi sculpture are main forces on the points

deconstructed curves give the main profiles of the form, creating a flowing appearance

a perspective view from a studio to ‘the weave’


perspective from the entrance of building and the interaction of the ‘the weave’ with the space


a perspective view from a studio to ‘the weave’

selected works of drawing & p h o t o g r a p h y,

present the sense of aesthetics and commonly occurring themes in various disciplines and techniques that I explore, such as layering, abstraction, and juxtaposition

digital collage diptych, I, II finalist, rethinking museum competition,2017

mixed technique drawing collage

‘abstracting the city’ mixed technique,drawing collage

aquarelle form finding sketches

mixed technique drawing collage

3D printed parametric design body accessory

concrete modeling workshop

cappadocia, 2015 double exposure bw film photograph ilford pan400- lomo la sardina

ankara, 2015 bw film photograph ilford pan400- minolta xg-m

berlin, 2017 bw film photograph ilford pan400- minolta xg-m architectural association ankara competition award-third place

merv esa hi n


m e r v e - s a h i n . t u m b l r. c o m thank you

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