In Arch 301, students develop a project for a public building at a central and complex urban setting. The projects are expected to be driven by extensive analyses of the urban context as well as the brief and the study of the relevant precedents. By the end of the year and with the help of the other third year courses, students are expected to develop an understanding of the city and gain experience in forming architectural positions when tackling with urban conditions.
This semester for their main design assignment students worked on a public center for visual and performing arts. There were three site options with different potentials for the students to choose from. All three were located in close proximity with each other in the Beşiktaş Çarşı area. One of the sites is situated in the commercial center Çarşı (current BKM building plot), in Sinanpaşa neighborhood. The other two sites are located in Abbasağa, facing The Barbaros Boulevard which is the main north-south artery of the European part of the city continuing to Büyükdere Boulevard and connecting to both of inner-city motorways O-1 and E-80. Students were not given a definitive and common program for the building, but their proposal had to include a performance hall seating around 300 people and an exhibition space. For the rest, they were free to form their individual program proposal. The program proposal and their particular architectural position were to be based on the collective and individual analyses of the site, case studies on similar buildings and typological research on relevant precedents. Aside from the requirements of the performance hall and exhibition spaces, students only had to comply with a restriction regarding the total built area of their proposals, which was to be around 3500 m2. For the final review students were asked to present the relevant outcomes of the collective and individual analyses, their specific architectural approach, program proposal, and the architectural drawings of the proposal in 1/100 detail.