Compiled by TeamIAnD
Photography: Yunus Özkazanç; courtesy v2com
Yazgan Design Architecture’ mixed-use project in Ankara, Turkey declared winner of the Innovative Use of Colour Award at the World Architecture Festival 2015!
Artfully located in 45,000 sq. m. of manicured landscape, 'ONS Incek' is a luxury residential project consisting of three colourful towers containing 992 residences. Signalling the entrance of the residential complex is a multi-levelled showroom displaying mock-up apartments, designed with its contours sitting parallel to the inclined topography.
Located under the central atrium, at the focal point of the showroom, sits a large model of the residential complex; while the free-space interior facilitates comfortable visitor movement along varying modes of circulation, including ramps, stairs and elevators.
With private offices located on the top floor, and the residential complex models and sales associates stationed on ground level, three fully furnished mock-ups of the apartments are displayed in the basement.
A number of repetitive vertical coloured glass panels envelope the interior in a striking combination of three primary colours - turquoise blue, warm green and deep yellow that are accentuated against the predominant medium grey of the multi-levelled, exposed concrete showroom and form an arresting visual from a distance. A gradient of these colours then moves the eye along the contours of the building. As the coloured glass moves around the façade, the gradient moves from cool colours to warm colours and back to cool colours as the building’s form moves upward with the topography.
Colour is also of great importance to the overall design intent of the project as a whole. Each tower façade is also wrapped with glass panels. The colours of the glass panels are the same colours used in the towers, visually connecting the showroom to the residential complex.
The longest panels are ten metres in length, warm in colour, and signify the dramatic dip in topography. The shortest panels are cool coloured and help to signal the entrance to the building. With the variety of colours and lengths of the glass panels, colour becomes a performance element creating visual movement around the building. This movement is not only created by the colour and size of the glass panels, but the shadows that are cast. The matt-coloured glass panels can also be used as a signalling element. While the coloured panels are muted when in shadow, they are much brighter in colour, when exposed to the sun. The shadows that the panels cast within the space, also signal the passage of time and the orientation of the sun.
Here is an exercise in colour and climate that has bagged a much-deserved accolade.