Techno parks, Technology Development Zones or Innovation Centers are similar terminologies describing specially designated areas where research institutions or innovative companies developing new technologies are fostered by some legal and financial encouragements. In Turkey, the development of such techno parks first initiated within university campus areas where industry and university can work together. Recently Turkish government started to designate new technological development zones not only in university campuses but also in the outskirts of large cities. These areas not only have special legal and financial advantages but they also have rather flexible building codes. The innovative characters of the companies and favorable building regulations enable more exciting and fresh architectural examples to flourish in these areas. ERA Architects was selected by a client to design the headquarters in the new Istanbul Technopark Campus. The building for Intertech, a Denizbank / Sberbank initiative, is located in Istanbul Technopark Campus, next to the Sabiha Gokcen Airport in Kurtkoy District, within a rapidly urbanizing new neighborhood.
▼ 建筑外观，玻璃立面反射天空，external view of the building, glass facade reflecting the changing sky
A young and innovative team of Information Technologies is the host of this new building. Since they spend most of their time in a digital environment, concentrated on their screen, the design’s main goal of has been set to create a place of comfort by daylight where users can contemplate with views of a wide horizon animated by planes going back and forth between earth and sky.
The client’s demand for a rational usage of interior spaces and circulation has been a significant parameter in relation to the budget. Yet, creating possibilities for a lively social environment would affect and shape the interior organisation of the building. The architects have envisioned a tension between the exteriors and interiors of the building; sturdy looking and well-arranged mass contrasts with the building’s ground relationship enabling diverse spatial and social experiences.
▼ 建筑外观，玻璃立面创造开阔的空间，规则的建筑形体与地面空间形成对比，external view of the building, glass facade creating wide and open space, well-arranged mass contrasts with the building’s ground
The solid and opaque white building is divided into two arms inviting users inside, while the bridge connecting the two sides defines an entrance courtyard. The bridge, initially proposed as a socializing area, has been transformed into a small gym in accordance with the demand of the client.
▼ 两个体块由连桥连接，the two sides are connected by a bridge
▼ 玻璃围合的透明连桥，glass enclosed bridge
▼ 连桥内的健身房，可以眺望室外景观，gym inside the bridge, where outdoor scenery could be viewed
The building has a total of ten floors, which four of them are placed below ground. The floors above the ground consist of open work spaces surrounding the structural core in which tea-coffee stations, open and closed meeting rooms, fire-escape stairs, service areas like restrooms and shafts for system installations are located. There are also terraces on each floor where users can relax outside on their break times.
▼ 入口接待区，reception at the entrance
▼ 工作空间，中部设有饮品站和设备区等，work space with coffee station and service area in the middle
▼ 五层会议室外的接待区，reception outside the meeting rooms in the 5th floor
The main dining hall is placed below the ground floor on the backside of the building. The staged terrace stretched between the lower and the main ground levels help the sunlight and landscape reach this dining hall while linking the interiors to boundaries of the site.
▼ 地下层食堂通过阶梯露台与室外相连，underground dining hall connected with the outdoor space by staged terrace
The building establishes a dialogue with the sky, while enhancing its performance in terms of energy efficiency. The façade’s white dyed glass cladding acts like a canvas that reflects the constantly changing sky on the building. Some of the panels on the façade, controlled by an automation system, are regularly opened on specific hours of the day to let the fresh air in. In addition to all the design principles mentioned above, Intertech building is also LEED Gold-certified; developed to meet the certificate’s specific requirements.
▼ 立面采用白色玻璃，部分可以打开，引入新鲜空气，white dyed glass cladding, part of which could be opened to let in fresh air
▼ 夜景，night view
▼ 总平面图，site plan
▼ 地下一层平面图，1st basement floor plan
▼ 地面层平面图，ground floor plan
▼ 一层平面图，1st floor plan
▼ 五层平面图，5th floor plan
Name of the Project: Intertech R&D Building
Site Area: 5.000 sqm
Construction Area: 19.000 sqm
Architect: ERA Architects – Ali Hiziroglu
Design Team: Ali Hiziroglu, Cigdem Duman, Muge Inci Ozpolat, Ugur Yavuz, Melis Uysal, Deniz Akkoca, Burcu Ozgur
Photography: Yercekim Architectural Photography
Drawings: ERA Architects
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