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SIMLA YUZGEC Selected Works 2014 - 2018


‘My point of view as an architect and a designer is to assimilate the given problem and bring the most simple yet exclusive creation. This quest to create a unique concept for every single project is my major motivation. For the next step of my professional life I want to work in different countries and in various types of design and architectural projects. This ideal is what drives me as I deeply believe that design solutions and the human soul are open to expansion and evolvement. I’m very passionate about not only design and architecture but also cultural diversity and human relations as something like minimal design styles with a touch of context, culture, tradition, in the manner of mind-blowing fusion meal.’

Simla Yuzgec

simlayuzgec@gmail.com +90 532 677 0558 Menevis st. 56/1 06680 Ankara,Turkey


EMPLOYMENT November 2014 Present

BELGIN KOZ ARCHITECTS Ankara,TR Architect

Initially hired as a junior architect involved in from architectural conception to design development stage using CAD and Revit software. Then for the last 3 years managing small-scale interior design projects; preparing proposals, construction documents, and budgets. Involved as a team leader in delivering of architectural design and construction services. Effectively led the construction team and contributed viable solutions for complications on the site promptly. Gained valuable managing skills through personal meetings with clients and contractors, speaking with manufacturers as well as overseeing the purchase, delivery, and installation of various components of projects. Participated Projects NC House / realized,Istanbul Kids Floor for AG House / realized,Ankara Bozcaada Weekend House / realized,Canakkale Duzen Laboratory Renovation / proposal,Ankara Casa Costa Suit Room / realized,Bodrum Two Villas in Zekeriyakoy / proposal,Istanbul Cesme Weekend House / realized,Izmir November 2013 November 2014

AG House / realized,Ankara CC House / realized,Ankara Kars Hotel / proposal,Kars Djemevi and Cultural Center / published,Istanbul Natural Stone / published Buyukada Mosque / published,Istanbul Cool School / published,Mongolia Bamiyan Cultural Center/ published,Afghanistan

ONCUOGU+ACP ARCHITECTURE Ankara,TR Junior Architect

Working in a design team to assist lead architect to develop concept projects. Built CAD drawings,3D computer models and presentations of major projects. In charge of creating design proposal documents, including research and concept diagrams, technical drawings, perspective renderings and presentations for international clients. Built skills in making quick design solutions to different requirements. Participated Projects Dubai residences / proposal,Dubai,UAE Ilbank office tower / realized,Istanbul,TR Mall of Baltia / proposal,Kaliningrad,RU Olympos Mall / proposal,Erbil,Iraq July 2013 November 2013

Cepa office tower / realized,Ankara,TR Mersin Marina Hotel / proposal,Mersin,TR Citypark Mall / proposal,Erbil,Iraq G3 offices / proposal,Moscow,RU Sifne marina / proposal,Izmir,TR

Brigitte Weber design NEXT LEVEL CONSTRUCTION SITE,PASIFIK-TOKI Ankara,Turkey Constructing Architect

Coordinated finishings and installations on the interior construction phase of the 30-story office tower. Help to organize schedules and workloads, reporting observed defects and deficiencies in the work and deviations from the construction schedule. Improved organization and communication skills by leading a team of workers.

EDUCATION 2008-2014

SKILLS

Bachelor of Architecture MIDDLE EAST TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY Ankara,TR AutoCAD / Revit / Photoshop / Indesign / English-advanced / Photography

REFERENCES Belgin Koz Founder of Belgin Koz Architects Mobile: 0090 532 273 2401 e-mail:belginkoz@mik.com.tr

Ed Jenkins AIA,Principal, Laguarda.Low Architects.LLC (former partner of Oncuoglu+ACP) Mobile: +214 718 6084 e-mail:ed.jenkins@laguardalow.com

Cagri Zengin Project Manager at Pasifik Construction Mobile: 0090 532 169 3368 e-mail:cagri.zengin@pasifikinsaat.com.tr


CONTENTS


REALIZED AG HOUSE AG HOUSE KIDS FLOOR NC HOUSE

PROPOSAL KARS HOTEL

COMPETITION DJEMEVI AND CULTURE CENTER BUYUKADA MOSQUE BAMIYAN CULTURAL CENTER

PHOTOGRAPHY RE-ACT PROJECT


AG HOUSE RESIDENTIAL // INTERIOR // REALIZED // ANKARA // 2016


This 2-story apartment was renovated for a young couple with two small kids with the program consisting of one master bedroom, two children’s bedrooms, a laundry, a guestroom, two living rooms, a kitchen, a storage room, and a bakery atelier. Contrary to the original plan, the design aims to make the rooms more spacious.

Starting with widening the entrance which confronts the staircase, there was a need for a balustrade or a wall around the stairs. To meet this demand, a transparent wall was designed to keep sunlight in and the to keep the visual connection between floors. Dark brown marble was used to make this element the centerpiece of the house.


ground floor plan / before

Bedrooms, laundry and the sitting room for guests were planned on the ground floor. Instead of making a cloakroom, a bigger entrance with open closets was created. The kitchen was moved downstairs to provide a relationship with the main living room and with the garden where the family will be spending more time.


ground floor plan / after

On the bedroom floor, the old kitchen was turned into a laundry and the former laundry became the children’s bathroom so that the bathroom in the hall was added to the master bedroom. The hobby room in the backyard which opens on all bedrooms was turned into a bakery atelier for the wife who is a bakery chef to allow her to work outside of the apartment.


-1 floor plan / before

On the lower level, the last three steps of the stairs were shifted towards the living room so the storage room could be enlarged and directly connected to the kitchen. Kitchen and living room were organized as one single space with wide sliding glass doors at two points. The sitting unit is designed with a library behind it to meet the needs for a large bookshelf in the house.

-1 floor plan / after


AG HOUSE KIDS FLOOR RESIDENTIAL // INTERIOR // REALIZED // ANKARA // 2018


The same clients from the 2-story apartment renovation project bought the floor upstairs and wanted this flat to belong entirely to their children aged 2 and 4 since the existing rooms were insufficient. The programme includes two children bedrooms, a home gym which can be turned into a room for a future child, a nanny’s room, a kitchenette, and a playroom.

The original plan was completely changed and the existing three little bedrooms turned into two big bedrooms with their own bathroom. Each room was designed with a study and a sleeping area. The nanny’s room was organized as a separate studio so that it can be apart from the apartment so that the family and the assistant have their own privacy when needed.


ground floor plan / before

The playroom was the most fun yet the most challenging part of the design since the child protection requirements had to be met consistently throughout. Instead of making a mainstream playground with princess towers, a 120x120cm grid system was adopted in order to allow transformation in the coming years to address the changing needs of children growing up.


ground floor plan / after

Two towers were designed for each child, and connected with a bridge. Both of them can be reached with a small stair and one of them has a slide. The 4-year-old girl wanted a kitchen under her tower but the boy is too young to express an interest. Bars and hooks were installed to the ceiling so that swings and push up equipment can be suspended. A magnetic blackboard was put up on one wall to let them paint at will.


Two themes were chosen for the children’s room; wanderer and dreamer. Two different colours and one mutual color were chosen to adapt to the whole concept of the house. Bespoke furniture was designed in order to nourish the imagination of the children while growing up and supported with well-known design objects to create consciousness.


NC HOUSE RESIDENTIAL // INTERIOR // REALIZED // ISTANBUL // 2018


The layout of the apartment is designed for a family with two children that has owned this house for two generations. The house is located in a very expensive part of Istanbul on the Anatolian side. The existing apartment was full of furniture, paintings, and objects as a result of two generations of settlement. The desired new design was to be modern and simple looking but to still have references to the family memories. While implementing it, we reduced the furniture while also keeping some according to the new design.

The wall divides the living room and the kitchen in the dining area is straightened in order to create a clear rectangular shape for living and dining. The kitchen and this living area were separated with a big sliding door to make a visual connection and to have a feeling of it being one large place when desired. In the living room, one big L-shaped sofa was designed and supported with the existing vintage chairs in order to achieve a balance between the modern and the old.


The entrance used to be separated by a door, but in the new design a library is placed to meet that function and a reading area is created to allow residents to relax after work. The master bedroom, dressing room and the bathroom used to be reachable through a small hall. All these functions were reorganized in one big room which can be reached through a door from the main hall.

ground floor plan / before

ground floor plan / after


-1 floor plan / before

In the master bedroom and one bedroom downstairs a sofa was placed under the corner windows with the view of the beautiful garden. All the furniture was made bespoke and was painted in the color of the walls so that they become the elements of the house.

-1 floor plan / after


KARS HOTEL HOSPITALITY // ARCHITECTURAL // PROPOSAL // KARS // 2015


Kars Hotel was designed to be an extension of the historical old boutique hotel which was renovated by Belgin Koz Architects in 2003. It is a well-known structure in the area since it is located in the historic town in Kars. The city is in the east part of Turkey and was occupied by Russians in the late 19th century for 40 years which shaped its architectural texture. The main characteristic of this pattern consist of long facade buildings attached along the street with enclosed courtyards.

In the new structure, the street silhouette was maintained with two linear wings around a closed courtyard on the 2D schema. The narrow wing lies along the building plot on the main street side and equally elevated as the neighboring buildings; the wider one is one floor taller and has a pitched roof on the background respectfully. On the ground level, a two-story high opening was designed to invite pedestrians and vehicles into the courtyard.


To connect the existing courtyard to the new one, a semi-closed passageway was created. The ground level consists of a lobby, a ballroom, a restaurant, and services includes retail functions of the program. In the middle of the courtyard which will be covered with snow almost all winter; there is a winter garden made with transparent glass which sits on the snow like a rare crystal. The colors of the existing structure are a dark grey local stone on the outside and laced white wooden panels on the inside. This contrast was maintained in the new building as the street view was made with dark grey anthrasite stone and inside is white plaster facade. All the openings in the facade on the street view are references to the existing buildings around. Tüm hakları MİK Mühendislik Müşavirlik San. ve Ltd. Şti.’ye aittir. İzinsiz basılamaz, çoğaltılamaz ve başkasına devredilemez.

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DJEMEVI AND CULTURE CENTER COMPETITION CULTURAL // MASTERPLAN // ARCHITECTURAL // PUBLISHED // ISTANBUL // 2015


The main idea of the project was to provide as many green areas as possible by creating volumes that lay horizontally along the slope opposite opposite the existing highrise buildings around. This approach with a park input in the given program was aimed to be a beginning of a green axis which is already in the master plan.

The masses for the program were designed as exposed concrete rectangular shape that reaches out from the green axis on the highest level of the site through the park. The philosophy of coexisting with nature is implemented with this cycle of coming out of green and turning into concrete and and rounding it off again with grass simultaneously.


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The block for the Cem was designed as a square shape in reference to the symbolism of the Alevis and reveals itself on the east-west axis. It is the only block that touches the earth only on the floor in order to show itself as a place of worship which does not need to hide any longer.

The soup kitchen, funeral, and cultural functions spaces, which were designed all in one in Alevi places of worship as an indication of keeping all stages of life together. Thus, the entire land was considered a small example of life. All blocks are created at the same height to strengthen the philosophy of oneness / unity.

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BUYUKADA MOSQUE COMPETITION CULTURAL // ARCHITECTURAL // ISTANBUL // PUBLISHED // 2015


On the coast side of Princess Island in Istanbul, this national competition was to rebuild an existing mosque due to insufficiency. In the middle of an area full of restaurants retail shops and busy pedestrian traffic, this worship place was intended to remain as a part of that dynamic life.

To provide the requirements of a place of worship in this dense area was a challenge. The first decision for this problem was to minimize the openings on the facade and obtaining the light from the roof in order to create a purified place protected from the noise and maintain a calm and spiritual environment.


The main and the additional worship areas with the women’s section in the given program were expected on different levels. This was seen as a scheme that would increase the cost of operation and create detached spaces. Instead, it was decided to create a spacious space that gives the feeling of being a whole without hierarchy, where where every worshipper in the congregation is able to hear the voice of the imam and see the niche.

In this second step of the design, creating a coherent space was achieved by developing a section with a floor with steps. While the main additional prayer area extended its view towards the altar, the imam gets to see the entire congregation including the women’s section on the top mezzanine floor. Thus, under a single roof, a bright and wide space with a single imam and a single niche was maintained.


The third step of the design was to integrate the building in the coastal silhouette. Instead of being eye-catching from afar, designing a structure that was compatible with its environment and its architectural texture, with the modesty that Islam commands, was aimed at.

The typical architectural style of the island is white wooden buildings but the latest developments consist of concrete building of different heights. Instead of a single and large block, the design was formed by a group of blocks divided according to the height of the neighbouring buildings.

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BAMIYAN CULTURAL CENTER COMPETITION CULTURAL // MASTERPLAN // ARCHITECTURAL // PUBLISHED // AFGHANISTAN // 2014


Bamiyan Cultural Center project was designed as a natural museum, in an area where various religions and cultures cohabited throughout the centuries .The design was conceptualised to show the rich heritage without competing with or intruding on its historical surroundings.

Inspired by the walkways of Bamiyan, two main routes were created through the vistas of the terrain. These routes begin from the path coming from the existing local market through the vista axis leading to the Buddha Cliff.

Starting with the idea of creating a center to unify all Afghanistan, this project was envisaged to build a structure and its surrounding landscape, and fit it into its surrounding landscape featureing soil, sand and vegetation from all around the country.

A wall was formed to encircle the premises and it surrounds the structure with lowest elevation of the site. Made from the soil of the country, it shapes the contours of the cultural center which houses the past while illuminating the future.


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On the plan context, the wall+mass body form was shaped in a quadrangle theme, inspired by an ornamentation motif widely used in Afghan handicrafts and historical buildings that enable the future development of the structure. The simplicity of the form allows convenience in the construction process. The cube-shaped structure was placed in the surrounding without disrupting the natural terrain and the hill at the lefthand side remains untouched in order to prevent any further intervention.


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RE-ACT PROJECT

Re-reading of cultural impressıon through the architecture PHOTOGRAPHY // ARCHITECTURAL // PUBLISHED // ANKARA // 2015


Re-ACT is designed in the context of four activities that are planned to be performed within 15 months. These activities include making a model of Ankara city which has a special design as a modern city, creating a photography exhibition of the city, organizing workshops and preparing conferences within the country and abroad. The two peripheries facing each other on the main boulevard in Ankara will constitute the study subject of citizens at workshops.

These two peripheries and life through the streets supporting the peripheries, use of public areas, whole spatial actions, activities, shortly the relation between physical and social areas will be studied at these workshops. Citizens other than students of architecture and photography artists will also attend the workshops. The study of Re-reading of city architecture will help to show cultural, religious, language, ethnic, geographic and historical differences within and beyond the architectural limit.


to Mrs.Belgin Koz, you made me not only a better architect, but also a better human, thank you for your guidance and your patience.

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