Managing Partner, Yazgan Design Architecture, Turkey
The YDA Center is situated at a point near one of the two main arteries of the city where a rapidly growing number of offices, residences and universities take place. The site is not only in the middle of business, recreation, shopping but also located at the intersection of public transport stations of underground light railway, subway and bus services. The entire complex has a total construction area of 356.000 m².
The project is composed of three main spaces; “Urban Plaza”, ” Office”, “Park “, and an “Urban Void” to link those spaces.
The buildings in the complex are located at the periphery of the land. An Urban Plaza is designed at the center that provides transition between metro stations, commercial and retail spaces, office blocks entrances, cafes, exhibition spaces, multipurpose open performance areas and green spaces. Containing numbers of courtyards and connecting streets at different levels, Urban Plaza provides access to neighboring spaces and to the Park located at the southern part of the site.
The Office is designed by considering the commercial and public potentials of the area. The design of the Office combines the vertical and horizontal office typologies, thus creates a ‘High Flat Office’ typology. By offering terraces, panoramic elevators and social activity spaces at different levels, the Office forms multi-dimensional relationships with its surroundings in an urban level. The building is formed by taking references from neighbouring buildings, combining the tower on the eastern side, and triangle shaped slightly curved tower on the other side, with an urban void at the center of the building. At the highest point of the building, a Roof Restaurant is located with the panaromic view of the city.
“The Park” is located at the southern part of the site, with 13.000 m² total landscape area. The park provides restaurant and cafe space, a kindergarden, an open concert and performance area and a parking garage underground. With its unique program, it offers solution to the parking problem of the area while serving as an urban activity space for citizens. The parking is connected to the lower Plaza through a tunnel under the road.
An ‘Urban Void’ is also designed along the main axis which is perpendicular to the ‘the urban plaza’, ‘the office’ and ‘the park’. The void is under the big arc below the office block and provide a big cubic opening without any columns with 35m. height and 24m. width. The urban void is opening to the residential area on the south and connects the region to the public transport stations and the public facilities. The void has also a central conic cavity which is open on both sides while connecting the lower plaza where street musicians, artists and performers welcome the citizens exiting from the light rail station, and the sky above. It will create a different feeling for the one who will look up, and will be surprised to see the sky in the heart of an urban block.
The YDA Center complex open itself to the city of Ankara on many different dimensions with its variable spaces and introduce a spatially, visually and socially vibrant urban space.
AWARDS OF THE OFFICE:
2017 YDA Center – World Architecture Festival (WAF) 2017 – Finalist
2017 Hicri Sezen Park – World Architecture Festival (WAF) 2017 – Finalist
2017 Kalkan Altes Villas – Turkish Architecture Yearbook 2016 – Selected Project
2017 Mustafa Vehbi Koç Spors Hall– Turkish Architecture Yearbook 2016 – Selected Project
2016 Volkswagen Arena – International Property Awards 2016 – Best Leisure Interior in Europe Award
2016 Volkswagen Arena – European Property Awards 2016 – Best Leisure Interior in Turkey Award
2016 Sorgun Ecopark – LEAF Awards 2016 – Finalist
2016 Hamamyolu Urban Deck – World Architecture Festival (WAF) 2016 – Finalist
2016 Sorgun Ecopark – World Architecture Festival (WAF) 2016 – Finalist
2016 Aselsan (REHİS) New Campus – Architizer A+ Awards 2015- Special Mention
2015 ONS Incek Residences Showroom & Sales Office – World Architecture Festival 2015 – Colour Prize Winner
2015 Konya Food & Agriculture University – World Architecture Festival 2015 – Finalist
2015 ONS Incek Residences Showroom & Sales Office – World Architecture Festival 2015 – Finalist
2015 Aselsan (REHİS) Gölbaşı Campus – World Architecture Festival (WAF) 2015 – Finalist
2015 Volkswagen Arena – INSIDE World Festival of Interiors Awards 2015 – Finalist
2015 Volkswagen Arena – Arkitera Architecture Yearbook Project 2014
2015 Aselsan (REHİS) Gölbaşı Campus – Arkitera Architecture Yearbook Project 2014
2015 ONS Incek Residences Showroom & Sales Office – World Architecture Community – 18th Cycle Selected Project
2015 Tema Istanbul Showroom – European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture Mies van der Rohe Award – Nominee
2014 ONS Incek Residences – World Architecture Festival 2014 – Finalist
2014 ONS Incek Residences – European Property Award 2014, Residential Highrise – Highly Commended
2014 Tema Istanbul Showroom Landscape – European Property Awards 2014, Commercial Landscape – Highly Commended
2014 Tema Istanbul Showroom – WAN Metal in Architecture Awards – long list
2014 Aselsan (REHİS) Gölbaşı Campus – WAN Metal in Architecture Awards – long list
2013 Bursa, Nilüfer Education Campus – Republic Of Turkey, Ministry Of National Education, Education Campuses 2nd Group Architectural Project Competition – 1st Prize
2013 Aselsan (REHİS) Gölbaşı Campus – World Architecture Community – 14th Cycle Selected Project
2013 Knauf Arena – A’Design Awards 2012 – Interior Space and Exhibition Design – Bronze Award
2013 Knauf Arena – Arkiv Anthologies 2012 – Selected Project
2012 Tarsu Shopping & Entertainment Center – European Property Awards 2012, Retail Architecture – 1st Prize
2012 Yenigün Construction Headquartes – European Property Awards 2012, Office Development – Highly Commended
2012 Tema Istanbul Showroom – Theme Park Sales Office Invited Design Competition – 1st Prize
2011 Ankara Arena Multi-Functional Sports Hall – Cityscape Awards for Architecture In The Emerging Markets, Dubai – 2nd Prize
2011 Expo 2012 Korea, Turkish Pavilion – Ark Group Turkish Pavilion Invited Design Competition – 1st Prize
2011 Ankara Arena Multi-Functional Sports Hall – Arkiv Anthologies 2010 – Selected Project
2011 Orange House – Arkiv Anthologies 2010 – Selected Project
2011 TBF Headquarters – Arkiv Anthologies 2010 – Selected Project
2011 Ankara Arena Multi-Functional Sports Hall – European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture Mies van der Rohe Award – Nominee
2011 Middle East Technical University MODSIM Modelling and Simulation Research Center – European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture Mies van der Rohe Award – Nominee
2010 Middle East Technical University MODSIM Modelling and Simulation Research Center – World Architecture Community – 7th Cycle Selected Project
AWARDS OF THE SPEAKER:
2014 Turkish Association of Architects in Private Practice Award, for the ‘Tema İstanbul Showroom’ success in International Property Awards
2014 Turkish Association of Architects in Private Practice Award, for the ‘Ons Incek Residences’ success in International Property Awards
2012 Turkish Association of Architects in Private Practice Award for the ‘Tarsu Shopping & Entertainment Center’ success in International Property Awards
2011 Ankara Arena Multi-Functional Sports Hall – Cityscape Awards for Architecture in the Emerging Markets, Dubai – 2nd Prize
2008 Kerem Yazgan – Arkiparc Young Architect Special Jury Award
2002/2004 Turkish Association of Architects in Private Practice Award for the success in 50th Year Park and War Memorial Complex – National Architectural Project Competition
1997 Kerem Yazgan’s Master Thesis – Middle East Technical University Prof. Dr. Mustafa Parlar Foundation – 1996-1997 Academic Year Best Thesis Award
Kerem Yazgan was born in Ankara in 1969. He obtained his B. Arch degree from the Middle East Technical University Department of Architecture in 1993. He worked in a diversity of architectural offices and participated in various architectural design competitions until 1996. He opened his first architectural office in 1996, after being awarded the first prize in a national architectural design competition. He received his M. Arch degree from the METU Department of Architecture in 1997. His master’s dissertation received the “Parlar Foundation Academic Award” of METU in 1998. He received awards in various architectural design competitions. Alongside opening an office, Kerem Yazgan attended the Fourth Year Architectural Design Studio in the METU Department of Architecture as a part-time instructor from 1997 to 2007.
Kerem Yazgan opened his second architectural office with his wife Begüm Yazgan, PhD. Architect in 2003, the same year in which he received his PhD degree from METU Department of Architecture. His doctoral dissertation entitled “Designography in Architecture” is about his research on the ‘systems and acts’ in architectural design. His design approach is based on the direct association of theory and practice and the systematization of the design process. He has realized a diverse number of architectural projects with the idea that he defines as “the design of the design act”, which is based on ‘writing the program’ of architectural design. In his practice, he continues to search and develop flexible, free, systematic and lucid relationships between architectural design approaches that clearly define the conceptual, production, and construction phases.