Earthquake Museum

by Ashkan Khazaeean from Bahcesehir University, Faculty of Architecture and Design, Turkey
Tutored by: Ömer Okan

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Architecture in a City of Earthquake
HOW IN ISTANBUL? The earthquake museum locating at a site where high rises lay their shadow on short buildings, a very unbalanced neighbors. The newly architectural design need to be the link, connection between two volume differences. integrating between these two height differences by expressing different entities, expression of volume and material. The concept seeks to create an iconic building on the popular avenue promenade. Seeing Levent district as a platform for a new urban redevelopment that reflects the latest tendencies in architectural design. The museum is also a cultural & educational facility.
HOW IS IT? The building by opening through the slabs increases eye view coverage. Which would warranty horizontal and vertical visibility connection. Each slab giving feeling of earth layers so visitors would be wondered to feel entering into earth. An important aim of the design is to notice power of earth and earthquake, to see tectonic plates. Suspended glass covering has its own movement and direction.
HOW IT WORKS? Steel structure over building not only working as a shelter and expression for museum but also works as a hanger for some slabs. Direction of this steel structures changes and rotating individually according to openings and guide for people crossing the building. Directions of them are mostly towards Istanbul’s tectonic plates, in case of an earthquake, we expect reduction in earthquake effects on the building.

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