Mediterranean Institute of Oceonogrphy | MIO | Pre-jury III

Here is my proposal for the 3rd pre-jury. I wanted to make use of the walls as framing elemets for the scenes ı want to achieve in this site. However I am aware of the fact that while trying to provide the requested areas of the program, the building turned out to be very massive and the walls lost their identity.

ARCH402_NilayKaraköy_Pafta1ARCH402_NilayKaraköy_Pafta2According to the critics, I need to work more on the structure and make use of walls not only as walls but they should have other meanings and contributions to the project. I think that they better have more control over the circulation and shading and in the meanwhile they should be creating a variety of scenes to the sea and Mount Bey.


Mediterranean Institude Of Oceanography |MIO | Pre-jury II

In the light of the previous jury and critics I changed some decisions in my proposal. The pararlel sequence of lines turned out to be radial according to the site. So that the spaces are going to have a radial distribution on the site while te vistas and scenes eill be gaining a variety of directions and places referencing from the angles of Talya Hotel (the existing hotel building).ARCH402_P2_NilayKaraköy

For the next steps I should consider the topography and the walls in a more integrated relationship and the influence of walls are not as directive as I wish them to be yet. Plus the response of Talya to the newly added walls shoul be studied more.MIO_nilaykaraköy_prejury2

What If ? Phase 1| Antalya, Talya Hotel

My analysis of Antalya started with the analysis of the walls of the old city. The walls were built for the defense of the city yet they do not have any function in the 21st-century city of Antalya. Expectedly the walls were erected parallel to the shoreline to protect the city, however, they limit the physical interaction of the of people to the sea today. Even the miradors builts only a few decades before copy this character of the walls and they limit physical interaction for the aim of giving the views of the sea. For me, this was kind of problematic.

For this reason, I aimed to re-interpret the walls as connecting elements. Not parallel to the shore but in different angles. Pus What I discovered in the old city of Antalya is the potential of the walls to create a void. The whole city was a void. So for my intervention to Talya Hotel, I wanted to use this potential of walls to encourage the emergence of new voids to increase sea and land relationship.

Plus, the walls are, in the simplest level, vertical surfaces and as I mentioned above The walls have no function in the city today. However, in my design, I proposed to use them as activity creating elements so that the enhancement on the creation of voids could have meaning and quality.


Yet, to be honest the critics I received were saying that my reference to the old city walls was a weak reference for the whole site. What I visualized in the very right image was just a one minute sketch for the aim of giving a sense. Although it does not show my real intervention to Talya Hotel, it was criticized by bot having a relationship with the old walls of the city. Plus, the very sudden abstraction from the city walls to vertical surfaces was found weak. Seems like I need to think more on the issue of the wall and make more analysis of the surrounding area to find out sources from this intersection of data.

Case Studies | Program, Contex and Climate

This year we welcomed the studio with a set of case studies that are assigned to analyze under the subjects of program, context, and climate.

The site of this term’s project is Antalya. It is on the southern coast of Turkey in the Mediterranean region. The program of the project is related to hydrology and oceanography. Before being informed about the program in detail, we studied the requirements of the program and the climate and how the other designs respond to context through case studies.

Here are our analysis on

Program : An institute, research center or museum of Oceanography, Hydrology, or the Mediterranean; or any kind of institute or research center that may be relevant

Context : A building/an architectural project on a cliffed shore, coastal line or a similar kind of geological or topographic formation

Climate : A building/an architectural project which is located in a hot-humid climate