“the HOUSE” final proposal

Since the final jury has come, we should be making our designs complete and ready to be presented. During the time since the second preliminary jury, many things changed in my project yet not as dramatic as before. The open circulation spaces were the most challenging part of my design when the climate and air conditions are concerned. In that, the semi enclosed spaces started to dominate my design and the approach to the second level. With this way i believe that I found a more effective way of placing my open spaces inside the enclosed ones.

Here are the drawings and sketches I produced for the final:




The House | Pre-jury I

It has been a long time since I last updated my blog. During this time our project has given, the first pre-jury has passed and we are about to submit our works for the second pre-jury. Let me initiate the stage with the first jury.

The term project of the spring semester is “the house”. Yet unlike many other house projects, we were not assigned with a specific scenario. We did not have a defined character of customers since what the term was expecting is working with references. Like all the other studies we had at the beginning such as quotations, references, collage and such; the process of designing the house should be including all these steps, too. (for the project of this term) This means a lot of research about houses including the architects. Continue reading “The House | Pre-jury I”

Direct Quoting in Architecture

Architecture is a concept that can easily be translated through many different subjects since it consists many concerns and solutions for several problems related to human. It can also be translated within itself, too. We observe several references from other works of architecture that are brought together to create a new thing. This should not be understood as plagiarism. Architecture is not totally about dreaming or high imagination. What makes it original is the re-interpretation of references for a new composition.
Direct quoting is something new I learned. The first example that I can think of is the Villa Dall’ava case. One of its facade is almost the exact one of Villa Savoye. The architect directly quotes a thing (this could be a staircase, a form, a window etc.) from another work and puts it in his own work. Of course there should always be a reason for the selection of this quotation. It should be working for your work,too. Think it like a quotation in a text. The original source can be talking about somewhere else but the part you quote can be working very well for your content, too.


For my design I believe that the Double House had a very matching approach. The Double House is famous for interlocking two separate dwelling volumes in one single form. Continue reading “Direct Quoting in Architecture”

Collage work – Revised

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Since we passed to modelling after the first collage work, I started to study both of my phrases in relation and that hanged something. That’s why I felt the need of revising my collage according to my new ideas about the concept.

Phrases of mine: Dodging the attack (aging) + Orienting the peak

My initial collage was classifying the buildings according to their material quality. Those can resist aging and those cannot. Yet, after some research I realized that the attack of aging is something irresistible. Only things that change from material to material is the duration of aging process. Then I started to analyse this process and its effects on a house concept, through my case studies.

I analysed this process basically in 3 steps. At the first step material and nature has their own language but they are in a harmony since a design should also be considering about its surroundings. At the second step of aging both material and nature starts to react each other. For instance in Yuppie Ranch House, a part of its facade was made of wood and when wood started to transform itself it starts to relate itself to the surrounding vegetation of trees and leads to a continuation in material. This can provide the continuation of a space in house at the outer space. In this point the process makes it’s own peak and provides richer relations and harmony of a building with it’s surroundings. At the final stage the material loses its own character through aging and space definitions become weaker. It becomes harder to recognize the material, but surroundings. The cahnge is not that dramatic but in Double House, the material of the facade was a dark black and red like color when it was first built and it was differing itself and making itself a lot more visible through its different color, however now due to the deformation on the material the color is now like a lighter red. A really close color of the building stands near it. This situation diminishes its the effect of its strong being.

The orienting the peak idea of mine remained the same (the most significant part of a house, this can be a staircase, a wall, a space etc.) however this time I also tried to analyse the peak in the process of aging.


3d Diagram

Our examination about the given case houses is not done yet. After the 2d collage work, we are now supposed to produce a 3d collage (a diagrammatic model) based on our analyses on the houses in combination with the phrases given (mine are “dodging the attack” + “orienting the peak”).

Initially I tried to consider both of my phrases in relation. This was a point that was missing in my 2d collage. Dodging the attack and orienting the peak. I have already chosen an attack which is aging, yet I later noticed that I didn’t think about how to dodge it. That’s why I re-considered it.

Aging was something negative for me that causes to a weakness in the characteristic of a material. But later on when I was trying to connect it with my other phrase, a new idea emerged. At first the material and its nature are two different things. Some designs do try to relate them with the nature which means that the design considers its surroundings like the Eames house or Dutch house of Rem Koolhaas. However, from my point of view they still have their own language even though they coact. In time when the material starts to age like the Yuppie Ranch House+Barn, it blends itself into nature. I was considering something negative but then I discovered that since the material was becoming a part of nature the definition of space was changing. As an addition to the spaces within the houses there emerges some others outside the house when the continuation of a material is ensured then it dodges the attack and this becomes the peak of its aging period.  Continue reading “3d Diagram”

Collage work

Collage work! One that I like the most!
After the “what if” and relievo studies, we were assigned to work on a group of houses and produce a collage with some phrases that were given to us arbitrarily. Let me show you the list of houses first with the keywords.

Le Corbusier, Villa Stein / France 1927
Richard Neutra, Kaufmann House / Californa 1946
Charles and Ray Eames, Eames House / LA, California 1926
MVRDV, Double House / Utrecht 1997
Nevzat Sayın, Yahşibey Evleri 1-7, İzmir 1996-2006
Rem Koolhaas, OMA, Dutch House / Netherlands 1995
Aires Mateus, House in Azeitao / Portugal 2003
ELASTICOSPA + 3, Yuppie Ranch House+Barn / Italy, 2004

My Phrases: Orienting the Peak & Dodging the Attack Continue reading “Collage work”