The main idea for this Youth Town is to propose “a continuous pattern of voids”, resembling the neighboring urban fabric of Tepebası. The pattern is formed by interconnected courtyards, alleys & streets derived from a study on porous cities and contemporary activities of temporary gathering, favoring a busy & fluid occupation of the ground level. The courtyards, connected directly or via alleys and a main street, are surrounded by units generated by & upon a three-dimensional grid which eases the construction costs and providing flexibility in design. Accommodating busy or quiet activities based on their location, the units support and promote outdoor use; spilling over towards the voids. These units & occupied voids form a network of several mini-quarters with a busy life amidst blended activities and users.
The formation and visual quality of the new settlement is based on a fruitful contrast & the idea of “co-existence” of the old structure and the additions, casting a new hybrid reality. The resulting experience of “contrasts” and an architectural collage might improve the conditions for the old structure in adapting new functions while preserving its character, and might even enhance its presence through the two entities’, the new & the old, saturated distinction.
For the case of spatial qualities, the central aim is to disturb and transform the existing relations of indoor and outdoor spaces, and to challenge the building’s profound system of spatial & structural axles (see the Settlement Diagram on the top). In addition to the contrasting visuality, the spatial experience is enriched through “cuts & insertions” into single volumes of the existing buildings, generating new “in-between” interior spaces & perspectives (See the Museum Building).