riccardo mariano: istanbul disaster prevention + education centre riccardo mariano: istanbul disaster prevention + education centre
jan 08, 2012

riccardo mariano: istanbul disaster prevention + education centre

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

riccardo mariano has designed ‘istanbul disaster prevention + education centre’ as an entry for the thyssenkrupp elevator istanbul disaster prevention + education center competition. the complex is a reflection of earth-related phenomena as the surrounding site lifts to form a volcano-like structure. from inside, coloful lights pour upwards, a reflection of man-made energy. although the nearby landscape contains a creek while the north has civil infrastructure, the building is located on a flat topographical surface allowing the low profile center to visually emerge.


the internal façade consists of drawings which were derived from a typical islamic pattern. based on the hexagonal grid, the system modulates the light, adding color as it passes through its different densities. the built-in light gets stronger as it gets closer to the top, allowing for it to be seen from a distance at night.

structurally, every sector works as an independent entity connected to the next by cracks and joints. this principle is based on the observation of the geometry of fractures in solid material. overall, the building is a fragmented mass made out of simple substructures. outside, the gravel from the surrounding site is continued onto the façade. the material acts as installation for noise and temperature while visually tying the building into the landscape.


main hall

floor plan / level 0

cutaway section


exploded axonometric

internal facade system

shape generation diagram

conceptual form diagram

plan diagram

designboom has received this project from our ‘DIY submissions’ feature, where we welcome our readers to submit their own work for publication.

  • The circus is in town!

    jihad says:
  • What prevents the gravel from slide down the roof?

    oma says:
  • A concept of a building for a tent like structure responds to a desert like climate simultaneously. But when a
    country of mediterranean climate is involved. the concept of the project becomes weak, irrational and
    enforcing. Also The projects’ relation with the surroundings and topography is incompatible. Beside, the Islamic figures used within the project has no relations with the Turkish architecture. For example: the stars used with the
    interior design are mozaics of Seljuks not Islamic.

    çbg architects says:
  • forms and diagrams look great… the interior materials and patterns… not so much. looks interesting overall though. nice.

    skip says:
  • @cbg architects – your critique is so patently motivated by bitterness. Nothing you said is anything other than assertion.

    The arial view with the chromatic rupture is quite something to behold. Inspiring. I would like to view it in the flesh.

    douglas says:

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