Vertical Creative Factory
Izmir is one of the most attractive cities in Turkey with its location, population diversity, and cultural and historical heritage. It is also the second biggest trade center in Turkey thanks to its considerable role in industry, tourism, and maritime resources. Izmir has a great potential to be a socially and economically sustainable creative city with innovation and technology when supported by various vibrant activities and opportunities. The project area is on the main attraction point of the city, which is Kordon Strip in Alsancak. It is close to international cruise terminal and the main train station. Pedestrian approach to the project site is mainly from both Alsancak Train Station and Kordon Strip, and there are two secondary routes from Kıbrıs Şehitleri Street. These points create urban nodes. The main decisions on the project site plan are based on these nodes. The site is organized like a multi-layered plaza so that people can engage easily and interact in both inside and outside and an inner street is connected to various social spaces. It is aimed to be a cooler, optimal area protected from hot-humid climate of Izmir where events or activities can both take place in open and closed areas. Furthermore, the site has a unique place and form therefore, the selected architectural vocabulary of folded plate creates a dynamic facade which reflects the vertical space configuration inside. Constantly changing folded plates create diverse rich spaces throughout the whole building. The three main segments are designed as vertical clusters. These different segments support each other in horizontal level and allow the potential use of spaces together.