PRINCE CLAUS FUND GALLERYClient: Prince Claus Fund. The current gallery shares space with a ground floor library. The brief ask to rethink the ground floor as merely gallery space. This gallery though is not a usual place for exhibiting art, here also performances, screenings, dinners, fashion shows or meetings can take place. The proposal is a flexible system of 2 moving walls that when positioned at different intervals create specific spatial qualities. Embedded in the wall there is a table and a bench, which also play a role at creating diversity of scenarios.
RENEWAL THROUGH PRESERVATIONClient: City of Istanbul & Kentsel Strateji. Many spontaneous neighborhoods despite their problems or lack of public spaces share key urban values: spontaneity and diversity. Our proposal for Mahalle aims to enhance these values by preserving its DNA code of uses and densities. The current neighborhood presents an area that lacks public space but not streets; therefore we suggest improving the quality of its public spaces by a new pedestrian strip. This landing strip aims to provide a promenade that binds all public spaces together. The diversity of public and collective spaces can be achieved by the introduction of quiet gardens, courtyards, urban squares and a patchwork of smaller spaces for public encounters. Each sector was studied separately in order to assess its most convenient urban transformation. The northern edge presented an opportunity for a landmark building by preserving the existing mosque. At the core we propose a more intimate urban block for quiet life around a court. The most prominent public space of the neighborhood is composed of a zig zag building that comprises shopping and leisure in the ground floor and apartments in the upper levels.
REFORMULATING URBAN RENEWALClient: City of Heerhugowaard & Rijksbouwmeester. How to update and give new life to an over-designed neighborhood from the seventies? The so-called Cauliflower neighborhoods were a success story in the recent past in The Netherlands. They were the Dutch answer to the American suburb, more safe in traffic, praising human scale and much more dense. Lately better off inhabitants started to move out for less rigid options. Suddenly some cauliflower areas started to show signs of decay. Our project for the Riverenwijk neighborhood done in collaboration with Svesmi + MAKS (UNION 3) and the researchers of the Onderzoekslab has attempted to project a change of trajectory based on the understanding of its recent past. It is based on intensive archive and field research that included several interviews with authorities, inhabitants and social workers.
SUBTLE URBAN RENEWALClient: City of Denizli & Kentsel Strateji. We approached the urban renewal project through 4 key lenses. Ecology: Molla Deresi as a linear landscape resulting from the water currents that arrive to the city from the nearby mountains. The creek is in that regard one of the many linear parks that Denizli can promote as an environmental protection strategy against floods while activating its public space potential. Commerce: We propose to redefine the southern connection by relocating most of the buildings that block this landscape link to the city. This relocation brings the opportunity to create an urban square at the southern area for multiple commercial activities. Living: The middle sector presents an urban fabric that has not achieved the level of maturity and displays a highly porous urban texture. The area present the opportunity of further development that could bring a certain amount of investment return to secure the finance of the project. Entertainment: The creek at its northern sector offers many opportunities due to its excellent views of the city. We propose to enhance these qualities with public platforms in combination with a cultural venue addressing all citizens of Denizli.
GOZTEPE APARTMENTSClient: Arkkon. Goztepe is a neighborhood in the southern Asian side of Istanbul near the water facing the sea of Marmara. The neighborhood is a densely arranged fabric of isolated towers that nevertheless face each other in close proximity. The client has asked IND to design the envelope and the landscape of a new tower. The faŤade result is a modular tertiary system made in metal and plastics that through its frames brings to the exterior a subtle reading of the structure of the building while allowing to break this regularity with a more free arrangement of windows in-between the structure. A prefab wood panel with vertical strips contrast with the smoothness of the aluminum and the glass. The slender faŤade where the living rooms are positioned is made highly transparent. The landscape extends the modular philosophy into patches of grass, stone and water.
CENTRAL LIBRARY POSTCARDSClient: City of Rotterdam & Centraal Biblioteek. The Rotterdam library and its city branches are on the brink of a new era. A possible privatization process, the shrinking of public finances and the impending centralization of resources into few locations in the context of a high-speed level of digitalization are researched in this study. The project approach is to discover and visualize a critical number of potential interventions that can contribute to increase the return of the building on four vectors: social, intellectual, spatial, and financial in a short period of time. The research is done through the conception of a highly diverse number of chances that aim to be playful, strategic or damn serious by the format of postcards by improving, modifying or drastically changing certain existing spatial, programmatic or social circumstances. 30 ideas were presented to stir up a discussion: Terraces activated, Writers in residence at the pencil building, meet the neighbors facing the cubic houses, a program swap between the Market Hall and the library, a new clean faŤade without shadows in profile to block and many more.
MASTERPLAN FOR RECREATIONAL AREABURSA RECREATIONAL AREA MASTERPLAN 2012, IND [Inter.National.Design] in collaboration with ERGINOGLU & CALISLAR Architecture. In the fast growing city of Bursa, Turkey the client ask us to consider which type of development was suitable for a municipality owned property. Our proposal aims to use the opportunity of private development to bring about a much-needed space for recreation with low landscape impact, therefore mediating between the interest of private initiative and municipality priorities. The first phase of the masterplan located at the west of the site could be read as an open crater, which through its cracks allows permeability from strategic points of the neighborhood. The proposal also is partly sunken to keep its landscape qualities while concentration of commercial space is achieved at the encounter of all circulation patterns. Activities included commercial space, restaurants, bars, wedding hall, gym, supermarket, tennis courts and bowling. The proximity of volumes brings a climate of shadow and ventilation ideal for outdoor use diminishing the use of covered spaces.ď»żCREDITS IND [Inter.National.Design] in collaboration with Erginoglu & Calislar Architecture. ARMAN AKDOGAN HASAN CALISLAR FELIX MADRAZO ALEXANDRO GONZALEZ GIOVANNI BELOTTO ANTONIO DUARTE BEYZA DERBENT MELIKE ATAY
POWER HOUSE MASTERPLANBAKU POWERHOUSE REGION MASTERPLAN 2011, Masterplan approoval 2011, IND [Inter.National.Design] in collaboration with ERGINOGLU & CALISLAR Architecture. The events of the Eurovision contest in Baku, Azerbaijan have triggered a series of projects to improve the life and the quality of public space in the capital. One of the most important areas of the city that can provide such a opportunity is the former grounds of the Power Station Plant and its adjacent abandoned port. The proposal is a combination of territorial strategies with a cultural ambition. We propose to enhance and protect industrial buildings and artifacts and with the use of new structures and programs convert the area into a cultural and industrial park. The masterplan includes key functions that the city could benefit from such as flower market, science museum and event hall. The promenade at the level of the sea is to be linked with the northern park. A marina and a pedestrian bridge complete the scheme to turn this old and abandoned port into a new recreational and public facility for the benefit of the city.ď»żCREDITS IND [Inter.National.Design] in collaboration with Erginoglu & Calislar Architecture. HASAN CALISLAR ARMAN AKDOGAN FATIH KARIPTAS FELIX MADRAZO SERHAT OZKAN ANTONIO DUARTE ALVARO NOVAS ANDREIA PENALOZA BAS VAN DER HORST TERESA PAPACHRISTOU MURAT CETIN GULBENIZ OZTUG CETIN ARDA ORAL KOCAK
UNIVERSITY CAMPUS 1ST PRIZEITU UNIVERSITY CAMPUS 1ST PRIZE FAMAGUSTA, CYPRUS, IND [Inter.National.Design] in collaboration with ERGINOGLU & CALISLAR Architecture. Our main challenge for this project is to arrive to a proposal that could articulate not only an interesting and confortable life for the users of the campus, but to take this opportunity to improve the urban articulation of this site located in front of the famous city wall, near the frozen zone of the tourist strip of Varosha and next to a potentially dynamic avenue. The campus should serve in our opinion as a place of social and cultural encounter open to all citizens, in that sense it should be a campus of excellence qualities of public space and accessibility. Finally our last goal is be able to arrive to a formal scheme that can also integrate the dispersed and mixed presence of historic buildings and turning them from nuisances into assets of the university life.
SOCIAL HOUSING 1ST PRIZEClient: Sepes and Spanish Ministry of Development. VIVIENDA DE PATRON 1st PRIZE, CEUTA, SPAIN, UNDERCONSTRUCTION 2011 The international competition for Vanguard Social Housing (VIVA) in Ceuta, Spain ask for an innovative architectural and urban solution for 859 houses to be located at a beautiful site in Ceuta which has privilege views to the Mediterranean Sea, an exceptional case for social housing projects. Besides exploiting views the brief ask to come up with a scheme that solve the opposition between a new colossal hospital in the centre of the area and a typical self made Mediterranean favela (mostly inhabited by Arab immigrants) located a few meters from the site. The high-density requirements of the plot combined with height restrictions also ask for an integral solution to all aspects at once. Our proposal Vivienda de patron (Pattern housing and Housing for the boss) aims to absorb all the context situations and transform them all into advantages, so the different scales and intimacy of the neighbor favela were reinterpreted in a simplified and systematic version, the views to the sea were also maximized by achieving cross views from many angles of the scheme.Partners in charge: Felix Madrazo & Arman Akdogan. Site direction:Alberto Weil Rus, Felix Madrazo, Manuel Perez Marin, Sanjay Prem. Team project & competition: Beatriz Zorzo Talavera, Angela Martinez Lago, Alvaro Novas Filgueira, Meritxell Rovira Pueyo, Elena Chevtchenko, Jose Manuel Franco, Michal Gdak, Melissa Vargas, Emin Balkis, Marta Koziol,Inge Goudsmit, Harm Scholtens. Telecommunications: Manuel Torroba Curbera. Design patterns terraces: Teresa Papachristou. Structures, M.E.P., budget: Valladares Ingenieria. Contractor:Acciona Infraestructuras. Photography: Fernando Alda
BUSINESS PARK MASTERPLANClient: Blauwhoed Independent Developer. The intensive use of infrastructure at a regional level contributes to the need for out of the center office locations. Yet not every office environment should end up looking like an isolated container. The aim of the study is to develop various scenarios to test the possibility of a business park with a clear vision for the use of public space, clustering options for various companies and landscape visions. The scenarios tested include a horizontal introverted and curvilinear pattern, a polder model with common open space, an office park with clean perspectives and corridors and introverted clusters and a platform scheme where the mediation between public, semipublic and private space is resolved with gentle plinths and courtyards.
INSURANCE OFFICESClient: Webber Asesores. The project takes 4 guidelines that in conjunction organize the space inside a tight box envelope. 1. Relations: Office space is organized with diagonal relations and mutual visual infiltration between departments aiming at improving social connectivity. 2: To protect from the harsh sun of the west prefab horizontal and vertical concrete elements make a sunscreen that is also used as bookshelves internally. 3: Circulation is done denying the principles of efficiency and aiming instead at maximizing social interaction between departments. 4: The use of terraces is conceived as a place for casual meetings and collective barbeques.
KOC SWIMMING POOLKOÇ SCHOOL SWIMMING POOLis an award winning project of IND. Chamber of Architects selected as best project of Turkey National Architectural awards in 2012, 13th of April Arman Akdogan the founding partner of IND recieved the prize in Ankara ODTU Auditorium. The Project locates inside a school campus of Kocschool in between the campus buildings. The design ambition is to minimize the impact of architectonic presence of a large swimming pool while creating a large umbrella for students, parents and school members. The hill also functions as tribunes looking towards the proposed football pitch on the master plan. The design principle suggests intersecting of two concave parts of inflated rectangle, one is hilled landscape and the second is an inverted dome. As a result from this intersection the inverted dome in grid structure allowing the natural light penetrating to interior spaces. Unlike in general swimming pools which use ceramic tiles the project suggests wood interior skin that would stabilize the humidity of the interior environment. The inverted dome size is adjusted to the Jumping tower height and on sides adjusted to the tribunes gazing angle. The form also diminishes the air space inside the pool for cooling and warming, enabling less energy consumption for the building.
ARCHEOLOGICAL MUSEUMTROY MUSEUM, COMPETITION ENTRY CANAKKALE, TURKEY, 2011 The remainingâ€™s of what used to be Troy represent a crucial archeological finding. A site museum in its proximity aims to make a more comprehensive experience to visitors while function simultaneously as laboratory and research center for researchers and archeologists. The museum site is located at the opposite side of the village that has been present for centuries in the nearby ruins. Our proposal aims to be respectful for both the troy ruins and the fabric of the village, therefore it uses fragmentation of volumes as a device for decreasing mass impact. Taking advantage of the lower areas of the site the main level of the museum, research center and shops are located at -4.5 from the street level. The roof of the main entrance hall act then as public platform that is available for use to the inhabitants of the village. Both villagers and visitors can then penetrate this hold in the platform and go further down to explore the olive trees landscape beyond. The volumes are articulated lightly in the corners creating leftover spaces in between which are used for introducing light through sunken patios.
SOCIAL HOUSINGMADRID SOCIAL HOUSING, MADRID, SPAIN, 2011 Social housing usually is demanding in its budget restrictions. In this case the site also presented a high degree of rigidity that was controlled by several setbacks and height restrictions. The project only space of maneuvering is left to the faĂ§ade. We took advantage of the necessity of the curved footprint to explore a shadow device that would adapt to its orientation coordinates. In this way all apartments could have the same ideal amount of sunshine and shadow at all times. The windows of the apartments are arranged in a zigzag manner creating in its turning points spaces for outdoor terraces. The one single room apartments use the extreme sides of the slab achieving corner views while bigger appartments use back and front orientation. Shaders in different color tones complete the rhythm of the faĂ§ade.
DETACHED VILLAS8 VILLAS, KAMPEN, THE NETHERLANDS 2010, in collaboration with OBLIQUE | Samir Bantal. The client asked IND & OBLIQUE architecture to make a prototype villa to be replicated 8 times. We proposed instead to make prototypes per sector. In this way a kitchen, a living room or a garage could be then reassembled in different final forms. The proposal convinced the municipal authorities to reconfigure the landscape and water treatment and proved that one-story villas could be a better option for both client and municipality in terms of low visual impact. The villas use a construction system based on Lenotec solid timber construction leaving a final finishing in wood in all interiors surfaces. The landscape of each villa is carefully drawn with the aim to achieve water fluidity in all points and the feeling of island for each villa. The scheme achieves 8 different typologies that from afar seem to belong to one settlement.
URBAN AGRICULTUREURBAN AGRICULTURE, CONCEPT PROJECT, CASABLANCA, MOROCCO 2010 Duoars are informal settlements, which take their point of departure in old villages surrounding big cities in Morocco. Their rapid growth, change of land use from agriculture to urban and their lack of infrastructure call for schemes to implement improvements in the short and the long run. Our scheme is not a masterplan but a set of tools or ideas, which could be applicable to similar contexts in other areas of Morocco. Ideas included a new water system that will diminish the risk of flood through the introduction of permeable edges and ponds. The system will be complemented with an isolated system of sewage and water treatment plant that would diminish the risk of diseases as people continue to obtain water from underground currents and lack a proper disposal of grey and black waters. Other ideas deal with alternative ways of using r-urban agriculture for improvement of ground. Opuntias and fig trees are arranged in a grid located at the borders while small vegetable plantations locate at the center using the nitrogen benefits of the border plant system. If the ground is in a bad state or was polluted the scheme is complemented by the use of recycle plastic recipients for vegetable plantation.
SOCIAL HOUSINGSOCIAL HOUSING LUNADA, COMPETITION 2009 The competition calls for a structure of minimum dimensions. Growth is expected from inhabitants in the future. Based on the research of Y PREVI? with Supersudaca IND proposes a scheme that is both able to accommodate massive growth (up to 220m2 from a start of 50m2) while maintain an overall quality of the envelope. To achieve this a folded roof running diagonally covers more than the double of the surface being occupied. The space left empty in the first phase can become a open living room, garage or garden. The future extension by the inhabitants becomes is welcomed with structural supports already place on the beams. The combination of two, four or more houses contribute also to create an urban pattern giving more continuity to the streets in a usually dispersed environment.
VERTICAL MOSQUEMOSQUE CONCEPT TR, COMPETITION 2009 As cities become increasingly dense and aim for high-rise as a common typology or living and working religious buildings become more and more relegated to the background. In the past religious buildings were the highlights of any skyline city in both Europe and the Middle East. Istanbul cannot be thought of without the impacts of the mosques in its skyline. We propose that mosques play again a key role in the skyline of cities by researching ways in which to accommodate this religious function to a skyscraper. The scheme takes as point of departure the dome as it remains the most powerful architectural element of mosques in Turkey, but we proposed to invert it. This move allows the dome to be more readable from any point in the city. The roof of this inverted dome becomes then the courtyard of ablutions where also funerals can take place. Other functions such as library and administration are located above the religious space while offices and apartments can be located elsewhere.
OFFICE BUILDINGSOFFICE BUILDING, MENORCA, SPAIN 2010 Work in the future will not be an exclusive place of reliability and efficiency, but a place where ideas are multiplied with each other in a friendly competitive atmosphere. The swap will be a place of smiles, conversation and inspiration; you may not even call it work. The identity of the building is the simple sum of activities: knowledge and exchange of ideas on the ground floor through classrooms, auditoriums and lunch production, experimentation and exchange through micro-modular offices are closer to a garage space, than to a house office space common. Finally, the Mediterranean climate allows the activities may be carried, in much of the year, out of tight places. We propose a cover industrial profile that allows contact between all offices under a nice shade in summer and bright in winter. In short, the building rather than a sealed volume, is a series of platforms that facilitate the exchange of information, putting into practice and spread from person to person. A space that results in the unexpected, that is flexible and can be in constant redefinition.
CONCERT HALLELCHE CONCERT HALL, COMPETITION 2010 The proposal seeks a balance between the need to create a logo (urban symbol in this case) and a functional building. The site presented another challenge as it posed a great opportunity to leave an open chamber in a highly occupied urban fabric. The project seeks then to exploit this situation by expanding as further as possible the green area without precluding the necessity to create a clear identity building. Therefore, the proposal starts with a minimum footprint strategy. This in turn should be as permeable to public access as possible. That is to say the plot is almost entirely public and available throughout the ground floor. The outline of the building section presents an alternative to the dominant model of auditoriums by proposing an entrance below the stage and in opposite direction of the seats. This scheme is similar in sequence to the Greek amphitheater when approached from the orchestra. This sequence space allows all viewers to have a close contact with the stage and the audience experience in different situations. The proposed foyer is a ring hanged from the auditorium, allowing all users to view the city in between events.
MEXICO PAVILLIONMEXICAN PAVILLION, SHANGHAI, CHINA, 2009 Shanghai Expo 2010 Competition In Collaboration with Hugo Sánchez (Taller Entorno) IND proposal for the flag of Mexico is a search for how to integrate three emergencies at a temporary building by means of a clear formal gesture. The flag is not about creating another volume in the Expo, but rather tries to express the lack of it. The project is the negative of a volume formed by two surfaces, ie the vacuum created by the apparent union between an artificial hill for public access and a series of micro umbrella. Together these two elements form a light cover surfaces for photo voltaic cells. The Promenade, a garden where there is shelter walkers from the expo as well as the visitor's pavilion. This space is made up of a garden column, which together with the structural columns to create a perception like a nursery, where a list of plants from different parts of the country took part in the exhibition hall. The gardens are columnar cylindrical structures are sufficient to permit the development of epiphytes, hanging ferns, gross and other natural conditions that require very little land for development and reproduction. The interior floor of the pavilion is left open through a modular space. The sample of the exhibit is based on a multi-column system. The column also functions as a key part of the structure also serves as an element of the exhibit, which functions as a lamp, in addition to being proposed to accommodate a system of shutters and screens, finally, as a basis for state objects.
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ECO RESORTECOLOGICAL RESORT, AL HOCEIMA, MOROCCO, 2009 The design concept and urban configuration of the project proposes to achieve similar climate, social and density conditions found at the Kasbah historical village model. The proposal also takes from the Kasbah its urban density and concentration in one smaller area for safety reasons (urban mass was providing easy protection military attacks from other tribes and the village close relationships within the Kasbah families). Yet the architecture and urban formula proposed is not driven from the intention of achieving a remake of the heritage of Morocco, instead its main intention is densification of the resort village into a smallest footprint area possible; this desired condition is helping the resort to have minimum impact over the surroundings and nature, allowing more greeneries and also diminishing the cost of infrastructure. High density also provides the opportunity for creating micro environments that can benefit from shadows, greenery and fresh air. The second intention is to rethink the qualities of the urban model of Kasbah villages when the family units are in the process of growth, the clay spaces are added to the existing dwellings. In our case the wooden modules of 3m by 3m creates an opportunity for flexible planning and enlargement of modular units.
ATHLETIC FIELDATHLETIC FIELD, CEUTA,SPAIN 2008 The project challenges in a significant extent, adapting a running track dimensions pre-set rules for a sports site and irregularly marked territory. Peripheral sidewalk. The project has diluted form of the rigid track through a peripheral surface that moulds to the shape of the terrain and its topography. This amorphous ring plays the most important part of the landscape since it becomes the principal mediator of the track with both in form and tours. The ring also contains two surface of mediating circuits to fulfil the different purposes of the pedestrian. The outer ring that is moulded to the terrain also links the existing sidewalks surrounding while inviting walkers to enjoy their journey, as you would pass on a sidewalk that leads to a park. The inner ring plays a role in the innermost track and serves to cover the track and even available for ‘jogging’ as well as invites pedestrians informally to see or view the landscape quietly. Enviromental excavation The elevation of the track largely determines the runway that effect less on environment and add an important parameter for the decreasing of the costs. The locker room facilities, gymnasium and administrative are all linked under an open porch addition to the main entrance you can also become an attractive place for tea or play chess or domino.
FLOATING MOSQUEFLOATING MOSQUE IN VENICE, ITALY, 2009 Pavillion for Venice Biennale 2010 The intense public discourse going on to this very topic meant finding an understanding of the complex constellation between art, culture and architecture. The heritage of Venetian architecture is a heritage of Islamic architecture. This encouraged the development of the initial idea and shaped the floating mosque as a intercultural gathering point, making a new world within the compounds of Venice. The process of transformation of places like Venice today has the ability to underline the emblematic changes ongoing in the European society. Based on the classical tradition of mosques, with a courtyard, the patio, and the dome shaped structure on a square foot print and the minaret, being the classical elements, the project needed a contemporary transformation to underline the paradigm change. In the context cultural installation made of balls, gym balls, which are easily available on the market, that will be distributed to the residents of Venice after the venue, in the sense that every body is part of this installation.The reuse of the balls, by distributing them to the people responds to the sustainable aspect of this installation.
PEDESTRIAN BRIDGEBRIDGE DESIGN, VENLO, THE NETHERLANDS, 2007 Span: 65m IND bridge proposal for Venlo does not create an iconic shape but intends to create a formal pattern that blends more easily with the rhythm of the city skyline behind it and also reflect on the proximity of the water. A bridge can become an autonomous element that connects two points without considering the difference that lies between them. In the case of Venlo we are faced with a situation which could be approach differently: the bridge we believe will not perform only as connector of two points but it will also serve as mediator between the city and the new park proposed on the other side of the bank. In this sense the bridge could be read as an invitation to the citizens to extend their recreational activities to the other side of the water or as an extension of the park to the city. We propose to have a bridge that is both comfortable and inviting. This is intended to be synchrony with its structural performance. Therefore the geometry of the bridge is the result of the merging of a flat line with two symmetrical curvilinear profiles at each side. It starts with a semi close space that is followed by openings that are follow by a more close space and the invert sequence after.
PRIVATE VILLAMIGUEL ANGEL RESIDENCE, SALTILLO, MEXICO, 2008 3 Phase house scheme 120m2+120m2+120m2 (1st Phase under construction) A young couple, (lawyers) ask IND to design a house with a tight budget in a beautiful site. After discussing the space limits and limited resources implied for each space it was collectively decided to be optimized for the `barrio` house growth modus operandi. The proposed design then is developed at least in three clearly planned steps: 1st phase includes living, kitchen and a temporary master bedroom. The second phase is a horizontal expansion that includes a room for the expected first child, an area of studio and a formal dining room. The third phase grows upwards including 3 rooms, a TV area and a garden terrace. The house can later expand even further to include a covered garage and a pool. The challenge of the design was to conceive a scheme that allows each phase to integrate effortlessly aesthetic and constructive wise.
SOCIAL HOUSINGMASTER PLAN, HOUSING, UTRECHT OVERVECHT, THE NETHERLANDS, 2007 300 houses Total construction above ground: 36,000m2 Client: Blauwhoed Eurowoningen The area of Overvecht has been listed as one of the priority areas of urban improvement by the National government of The Netherlands. Overvecht was a typically optimistic development of the 60`s that did not adapt very well to the emerging new demands of the now mostly foreign population. The slabs and its openness are being put into scrutiny and in most cases (like our site) demolished. In our proposal we decided to incorporate some of the essences of the 60`s planning such as greenness and open public spaces shaped by open form blocks yet we made them in a much intimate and subtle manner. The monotonous scale of the slabs is exchanged for a variety of heights that increase the diversity of the living styles. Ground housing with a front-back garden has been also contested as we propose to use an underused urban typology of back to back houses with front and back gardens in both sides of the scheme. Finally we put forward the idea of a new street that divides the site in two increasing the domestic aspect of the development.
CREATIVE INDUSTRYUJALA RADIO STATION, OFFICE BUILDING, AMSTERDAM, 2007 Total construction: 1500m2 Client: Ujala B.V The recently invigorated area of Bijlmermeer in Amsterdam is turning to an excitement immigrant base community of Amsterdam. There are plenty of foreigners in Holland and one distinguished group is that of Indian speaking decent that includes plenty of Surinamese people. Ujala Radio is a key example of how this emerging language base community displays its cultural symbols in the city. The site for Ujala Radio Station is located at an important crossing of Bijlmedreef and close to the hexagonal housing slabs of the 60`s. The proposed building capitalizes in its corner position and orientates each level of office space towards one direction. The volume of each floor shifts at every level in a spontaneous gesture creating terraces for social interaction and increasing the dynamic aspect of the building.
SOCIAL HOUSINGSOCIAL HOUSING, COMPETITION, ALMANZORA, SPAIN, 2007 with Arkizon, Emin Balkis Competition (finalist) 44 houses. 5 types Area: 3240m2 (Above ground) Our proposal aims at arriving to a solution that solves everything at once: the urban challenges of high density and context in an Andalusian neighborhood with a constructive modular system that allows a variety of living formats in an inexpensive way. The spatial module used is 3 x 5 x 3 allows almost impossible combinations in several modes that together make an urban ensemble like a 3d puzzle. The way the ensemble faces the street is an open system of branches that provide porosity and merge public and collective space seamlessly.
ROTTERDAM BIENNALECAPITAL VS CAPITAL PROJECT FROM IND FOR ASTANA KAZAKHSTAN, EXHIBITION IN KUNSTHAL ROTTERDAM, 3rd International Architecture Biennale 2007 Curator: Berlage Institute, Pier Vittorio Aureli Astana new capital is putting architecture to the ultimate test by investing billions of dollars in an attempt to create a new identity for Kazahkstan. The idea is to combine the successful architecture monumentality of Brasilia with the synergy that can provide a city the sources of apparently endless cash derived from oil. A cynical could claim that Astana is a sort of beach less Dubai with temperatures varying from –40 celsius in the long winter to +40 in the summer, yet that is perhaps not far from true. IND documented the overlap of recent multiple master plans drawn in a rush that included metabolist Kurokawa’s winning scheme and Bin Laden Group among many others and observed the surprising vitality of the Soviet quarters. The focus of the master plans went again for the monumental axis discarding any attention for the Soviet dominated city of the previous era. IND proposes to capitalize on Astana’s undervalued Soviet urban tissue with a great scale intervention of 1001 domes roof that interiorise public space between the slabs in the north bank of the capital.
- ABOUTIND [Inter National Design] is an architecture and urbanism office with global scope founded in 2007 in Rotterdam, The Netherlands by Arman Akdogan and Felix Madrazo. The practice has been characterized by its clear design appeal and its delicate response to complex local situations. The office has dealt with several architectural commissions and competition themes including creative offices, nurseries, pedestrian bridges, covered pools, libraries, train stations, pavilions, villas, universities, large housing complexes, concert halls and many more themes. Urban design is also part of IND portfolio experience as well as research on pressing urban subjects. IND has been recognized with the national prize of architecture of Turkey for its Koc swimming pool proposal, obtained 1st prize in the international social housing competition in Ceuta and 1st prize for the Istanbul Technical University campus Famagusta. Its work has been exhibited in ARCAM (Amsterdam) and Kunsthal (Rotterdam) and has been published in various magazines worldwide including PLOT, C3, AU Brazil, Yapi among others. IND is also the representative branch of the latinamerican think tank Supersudaca.
- INDTEAMIND TEAM 2013: Felix Madrazo / Arman Akdogan / Alejandro Gonzalez Perez / Jose Vives / Andres Lopez / Teresa Papachristou / Giovanni Bellotti / Maria Purrinos Rodriguez / Mark van den Ouden / Alberto Weil / Manuel Perez Marin / Bas Van Der Horst IND previous collaborators: Albert Richters / Alexander Sverdlov / Alvaro Novas Filgueira / Angela Martinez / Antonio Duarte / Andreia Penaloza Caicedo / Beatriz Zorzo Talavera / Cem Cakaloglu / David Koezen / Dustin Tusnovics / Elena Chevtchenko / Emin Balkis / Erdem Tuzun / Felix Madrazo Davila / Francesco Vedovato / Gonzalo Rivas / Gokcen Temelci / Hans Larsson / Huseyin Emek / Liliana Puente / Manuel Franco / Manuel Torroba / Maria Lisogorskaya / Maria Luisa Rodriguez / Marieke Kums / Martin Mutschlechner / Meritxell Pueyo / Michal Gdak / Miguel Martins Setas / Najla el Zein / Nanne de Ru / Ola Waluda / Ozlem Guler / Raul Alcauter / Samir Bantal / Sophie Panzer / Stephane Damsin / Tesa Spoelstra /Main Consultants: Structure / MEP / Quantity Surveyor: Valladares Engineering Landscape: Taller Entorno (Hugo Ignacio Sanchez & Tonatiuh Martinez) Water management : Abdelkader Larabi Real Estate: Samir Bantal
- PRINCIPALSArman Akdogan (Turkey 1973) studied architecture at University of Mimar Sinan (Istanbul). During his studies and after his graduation, he collaborated with the office Erginoglu & Calislar Architecture (Istanbul). In 2000, he moved to The Netherlands for his study of master degree of Architecture at the Berlage Institute (Rotterdam). He is a co-author of the book "Research for Research"concerning the architecture works of Bruno Taut with the professorship of Bart Lootsma. After Berlage Institute he worked for architecture offices for three years at West 8 and OMA (Office for Metropolitan Architecture), both located in Rotterdam. He participated in numerous urban planning and architectural projects. He participated as guest Curator for the Turkish pavilion at the Mare Nostrum section of the International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam 2005 .Together with his companion from Berlage Institute, Felix Madrazo, they win the international vanguard housing competition Project in Ceuta in which this momentum created IND [Inter.National.Design]. IND was invited to participate at the International Architecture Biennale of Rotterdam in 2007 with the project of Capital vs Capital in Astana, Kazakhstan.Felix Madrazo (Saltillo, Mexico 1972). Partner IND, cofounder of Supersudaca, researcher and lecturer at TU Delft - The Why Factory and co-director of Recharge information studio at Strelka Institute. Architect by La Salle University. He received his Master of Architecture from The Berlage Institute. He worked for Alberto Kalach as project architect and site supervisor for the GGG house in Mexico City from 1997-1999. After Berlage he obtained a fellowship by the Kulturstiftung and The Caracas Think Tank to make research on the informal city in 2003. In 2004 he starts to work for OMA/Rem Koolhaas as project architect, researcher and editor in several projects such as the Hermitage General Staff Building, Quarter 75 in Moscow, Boompjes in Rotterdam and Domus Post Occupancy Issue. He is a co-founder of Supersudaca -an urban think tank from Latin America (www.supersudaca.org) where IND plays as a branch office. With Supersudaca wins the Best Entry Award at the II International Architecture Rotterdam Biennale with a research on Caribbean Tourism (2005) and the best research project for Y PREVI?. With IND and Supersudaca wins 1st Prize at the International Competition on Social Housing in Ceuta, Spain and 1st prize for the Istanbul Technical University campus in Famagusta . In 2012 with The Why Factory he published the book City Shocks - Planning the unexpected with Winy Maas for Nai 010 Publishers.