▼连绵山谷与山脊中的建筑，the building sits on a system of interconnected valleys and ridges
Situated at the perimeter of the expanse of Hacettepe University’s Beytepe Campus in Ankara, Museum and Center for Biodiversity building houses scientific research facilities and exhibition spaces devoted to scientific materials on the topic of biodiversity. Beytepe Campus is on the main development axis in Ankara, the westward highway to Eskişehir, which creates severe pressure of urbanization and land fragmentation. The campus sits on a system of interconnected valleys and ridges that also extend to neighboring campus lands, with several particular valleys which still have a distinct ecosystem. Several long to mid-term projects are under consideration, aimed at preserving this natural resource within the shifting center of a rapidly developing city of five million people. Museum and Center for Biodiversity is one of the most concrete attempts within this scope; it will be a contribution for landscape preservation as well as a social stimulus for the scientific community.
▼采用石材塑造的坚固建筑形象，hard surfaces and volumes constructed by stone
The building sits on a slope facing east, itself being grafted within a forestation programme. The immediate vicinity has connections with a system of plots slated for preservation, which include the future National Botanical Gardens. The entry platform provides commanding views of these gardens and the city to the east. As the building yields to topography with a series of platforms with cascading levels, it attempts at introducing greenery within hard surfaces and volumes.
▼入口平台为人们提供了看向植物园和城市东部的绝佳视角，the entry platform provides commanding views of these gardens and the city to the east
Separate entrances are provided for research and museum spaces, facing each other across the ground plaza, even though these functions are intertwined throughout the building. The research facilities include collections, laboratories, offices for scientists, administration, library and a meeting hall. The museum is composed of exhibition halls for Zoology, Medical Sciences and Anthropology on upper and ground floors. The lower floor will house the Botanical exhibit, as these spaces are connected with the gardens in the topography, in which a set of greenhouses are planned for future development.
▼入口处一些列堆叠的平台引入绿化，a series of platforms with cascading levels attempts at introducing greenery within the building
▼入口空间，the entrance space
▼研究中心和博物馆的两个入口在首层广场上相对，separate entrances are provided for research and museum spaces, facing each other across the ground plaza
▼从中央广场仰望天空，look up to the sky in the central plaza
The architectonic logic of open and closed spaces follows an order of geometric compartmentation which is manifest in numerous biological phenomena. The exhibition material falling under the topic of biodiversity belong to a very wide spectrum of scientific disciplines and have a broad variation of sizes, dimensions and scales. Therefore, the spaces are desired to be fragmented so that they could be thematized separately, yet continuous and connected for coherence.
▼开放的空间与周边环境联系，the openness builds connection with surroundings
▼开放与封闭的建筑逻辑遵循建筑几何分区序列， the architectonic logic of open and closed spaces follows an order of geometric compartmentation
A significant body of the exhibited materials are planned to originate from the holdings of scientific institutions and leaders of the scientific community. Therefore, an active participation on behalf of the scientific community on biodiversity is expected, upon the inception of the museum. The Museum and Center for Biodiversity building is poised to go beyond its program that serves science and academia and accept the challenges of landscape preservation and cultivating scientific communities.
Project Name: Hacettepe University- Museum and Center For Biodiversity
Project Dates: 2013-2014
Construction Dates: 2015-2018
Architectural Design: Erkal Architects
Lead Architect: Emre Erkal
Project Team: Atakan Palaşoğlu, Demet Yüce, Nurcan Bayrakcı, Bekir Aşçıoğlu
Client: Hacettepe University
Contractor: SMG İnşaat
Covered Area:6500 m2
Structural Engineering: Levent Aksaray Engineering
Mechanical Engineering: Prosel Engineering
Electrical Engineering: Kemal Güravşar, Emrah Güravşar, Promete Engineering
Photography: Yercekim Architectural Photography
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