OODA: istanbul disaster prevention + education centre
OODA: istanbul disaster prevention + education centre
dec 02, 2011

OODA: istanbul disaster prevention + education centre

‘istanbul disaster prevention + education centre’ by OODA, istanbul, turkey all images courtesy OODA

portuguese practice OODA created a proposal for the ‘istanbul disaster prevention + education centre’ international design competition to implement a facility to protect against and inform of the implications of natural disasters to be located within istanbul, turkey. the tilted axis of the geometrical structure is set within a landscape featuring a cultural turkish pattern generating a network of connections to the surrounding context. leading towards the iconic building, a series of walled pathways are carved into the constructed site and a park is placed upon the generated roof. programmatic spaces within the multiple and irregular levels intend to host courses, seminars and venues to develop public awareness about earthquakes and floods.

OODA: istanbul disaster prevention + education centre view from the river

deriving from arabic patterns, the facade is manipulated to filter natural daylight entering specific internal areas, becoming progressively more ornate from the north to the south elevations with an intermediary pattern along the east and west facades.

OODA: istanbul disaster prevention + education centre approaching the main entrance

OODA: istanbul disaster prevention + education centre frames views from pathways carved into the constructed landscape

OODA: istanbul disaster prevention + education centre natural light filters through the facade derived from arabic patterns

OODA: istanbul disaster prevention + education centre auditorium

OODA: istanbul disaster prevention + education centre perimeter corridor set within the geometric building form

OODA: istanbul disaster prevention + education centre gallery

OODA: istanbul disaster prevention + education centre at night

OODA: istanbul disaster prevention + education centre floor plan

OODA: istanbul disaster prevention + education centre sections

OODA: istanbul disaster prevention + education centre elevation

OODA: istanbul disaster prevention + education centre facade study

OODA: istanbul disaster prevention + education centre structural diagram

OODA: istanbul disaster prevention + education centre circulation diagram

OODA: istanbul disaster prevention + education centre (left) required program shelter (right) emergency shelter

OODA: istanbul disaster prevention + education centresite analysis diagram

OODA: istanbul disaster prevention + education centre program diagram

OODA: istanbul disaster prevention + education centre stabilization diagram

OODA: istanbul disaster prevention + education centre organization diagram

OODA: istanbul disaster prevention + education centre landscape diagram

OODA: istanbul disaster prevention + education centre facade diagram

OODA: istanbul disaster prevention + education centre the height of the IDPEC in relation to landmark and nearby structures

  • ok and why this form…?

    wherearewegoing says:
  • the disaster was already done with this building… what a monstruosity! we really need to separate the people who love architecture than the people who only care about money and bussines.. this building is a really bad architecture with a big ego of the creator.

    salva says:
  • This is terrible. This is not architecture. It’s just fitting a program into an arbitrary form, and then wrapping it up with a pattern.

    Patricio says:
  • beautiful, geometrical architetural, at the same time being decorative in the small scale solution! wonder ’bout the sceptical comments here from people, who probably are kean for the new discoveries and solutions. think out of the box.

    Masca says:
  • i like conceptual things. maybe this will become new pyramids?

    Darija S. Hauge says:
  • IstaMbul?!

    wrongdistance says:
  • wfck? the disaster was already done with this terrible shape of “building”…

    John says:
  • the illustration comparing it’s scale with other structures says it all: pure unadulterated EGO

    dbkii says:
  • Gross.

    JMT says:

    TH says:
  • love it …

    designera says:
  • There´s no bad publicity.
    Keep going haters, can´t do better than that!
    And they must love it.

    Brian says:
  • Nice project. Since it’s for disaster prevention, I suppose it looks also like a red cross sign, whatever angle do you see it.

    WTF is wrong with the shape? if you state something, come with arguments people!

    Vlad says:
  • I am just going to go on a limb here and say it. This wil NEVER be built. Waste of time. Disaster center complete nonsense. As if the turks dont have better stuff to spend their money on.

    janssen says:
  • WOW!!
    Instant masterpiece.

    Susie M.Sow says:
  • hate is the most honest way of respect.

    Gunnar A says:
  • such a mess, its visual and physical uncomfortable

    beatriz says:
  • Stop hating guys.
    Don´t agree at all.
    The shape is abstract but elegant, the interior space and atmosphere looks cool, and the facade n´landscape is just great and well explained.
    And the subtle reference all over of the red cross and symbol of disaster assistance…is just genious!(if intentional though)

    Michal says:
  • Unconventional way of living a building geometry is also a parallelism to the exceptional way of living a disaster.
    Like it!

    CU says:
  • Nice one,worth to be done..Bravo guys!

    AlexTheGreek says:
  • LOVE IT!!

    Anna says:
  • Firstly, i have to say that, I impressed the brave venture like this. The huge + seems fasinating and position of it makes me remember some futuristic scenes. And this is good because Im the one who fed up with classic and boring shapes that makes all the hospitals’ things look more terrifying. I’m trying to imagine this in my real life and I suppose that I would be stare of it for a long time even though it has a basic shape facades.

    Personally, I think the pattern is used a lot and that pattern material is really important for the project thus if patterns could be used richer and more elegant and creative ways it would be more powerful and special.

    And Istanbul is a great city with it’s tons of coloured and rich features on it’s body. It connected with mainly oriantal and historic values. It is old and vise. Because of that a building like this can get a benefit from such a contrast with its modern and futuristic character. Actually, Istanbul needs that color in it’s body.

    Thanks for all of you for your great efforts. And I liked your detailed presentation. When i saw the first time the building, I’ve needed a size comparition and you gave me a good answer for it too in this presentation)

    Burak Ozdelice @delizade says:
  • Pure beauty!
    so creative…(too expensive?!)

    VLD says:
  • genious

    yu du says:
  • The disaster to be prevented: Boredom

    Julius says:
  • Haters are bitter! This is great!
    The light inside is just overwhelming!
    Really nice!

    ChrisK says:
  • its a great sculptural idea, but i believe it might have some trouble finding it’s own place in Istambul…maybe if it was thought to be somewhere in Japan…and in someplace where people live, walk and move in 45° !!! XD

    pedromora says:
  • There are some reasonable solutions and cool details. Plus good program proposals too. And about the form; well sometimes we also need iconic buildings. Since disaster management and raising public consciousness about it are major matters in Turkey, a provoking structure like this one can help to increase the visibility of the issue.
    For me the disturbing aspect of the project is the excessive use of the oriental patterns. First of all you’re not building a mosque here (even so it’s not the only way of creating poetic lighting effects). Secondly it’s a bit cliché to use this patterns whenever a project is done in muslim countries. Moreover Istanbul is more then a oriental city.
    Anyway, still a exciteful and fun project. Cheers

    AtillaIST says:
  • Very nice.
    Koolhaas and Z.Hadid should be proud.

    Nils says:
  • That is not architecture. That is Communication. Have You finish School? ARchitecture? Perhaps Just 3D and Rhino…

    Oiza says:
  • That is sophistication: ‘A Turkish Pattern’….Very subtle. Very very intelligent, a Cultural Pearl. Even a Turkish International Office wouldn’t remember of such a precious detail. A Building to a Specific Site.

    How can it be said that City Context is Dead?

    Oiza says:
  • While the building certainly stands out, I have to admit to a great love of pure, monolithic geometrical forms. To my eyes, the building is quite beautiful.

    However, I cannot imagine anything remotely cross-shaped being built in a predominately Muslim country.

    This will never be built.

    Also, props to AtillaIST’s comment about the overuse of oriental patterns. Are there *any* projects in Muslim countries that don’t attempt to bulldoze any associations with Western architectural forms? If anyone doubts there is a war (or at least a cold war) of civilizations and religions in the world today, just take a look at almost every major building project undertaken in the Middle East or Asia in the past fifteen years.

    All cultures borrow from others. The West has borrowed heavily from the East, the East has borrowed heavily from the West. This is just how human societies function.

    Considering this, it’s so disheartening to see so many enormous lines in the sand immortalized in buildings that will dominate their environments for decades to come.

    naimit says:
  • Architecture is art.
    Art is beautiful.
    This is beautiful.
    This is architecture.

    Sublime piece of thinking.
    well done.

    AdamLow says:
  • No one is indifferent to this. (neverending comments…)
    What a great achievement.

    R2D2 says:
  • WOW!

    Dieter says:
  • Architecture is not packaging.
    Art is not always beautiful.
    This is not architecture.

    Think before you press “render”.
    (And if you press it, please check your 3D settings for the interior views…)

    oma says:
  • haters are losers. Bitter and sad.
    Be better or you will be nothing more than that.
    This is good. And your envy strike underlines it.
    think outside the box.

    zaha says:
  • If you are doing a project in, you HAVE TO know the name of city and write properly which is not ISTAMBUL it is ISTANBUL,

    MSK says:
  • i like this another new taipei city museum of art 🙂

    ADOO says:
  • unique

    MaoTei says:
  • Ugliest thing…
    no wonder they didn’t win anything
    What about publishing the winning proposal(s) rather than second choice pojects?

    rem says:
  • Rubik’s Cube missing parts. Interesting. The fact that it’s created so much discussion suggests it will be a very successful design – whether one likes it – or not d’-)

    Jetwax says:
  • WASTE OF TIME and SPACE, a true example of inefficiency!

    Amin says:
  • Looks like a 2nd year work…

    mao says:
  • The misspelled city name (IstaNbul, not IstaMbul…) is just the top of the iceberg of lack of research… this shape could be dropped anywhere.
    No relation of so ever with the country, the city, the site or the culture (apart from a few “googled” clichés).
    The plans and sections are hilarious… as the transition from diagram #2 to #4 (maybe because #2 is missing ?)
    So, the cube was twisted (Taipei), divided (Istanbul), what next?

    aaron says:
  • Stop hating guys. Be better.
    Be more than big voices in a small comments box.
    Be respectful and open-minded. Architecture, as an art display, is not and should not be a consensual global understanding. We have multiple movements in painting, sculpture…why shouldn´t we have it on architecture.
    Don´t agree at all. This proposal is good.
    Its strong conceptual all over, and every space is different and with a dense atmosphere. The lightning effect on the inside would be an amazing experience.
    However,the interior renders are quite average. Outside are really strong. The facade is well thought but the landscape pattern is too mimetic i´m afraid. But the scheme makes sense

    StephanO says:
  • That’s bullsh…t

    sami says:

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