Guzelbahce Campus Masterplan

The project is based on “Second Skin- Second Nature” and the “Geometry of Necessities and Performance.” Given the steep topography of the terrain and the intention to stitch the new buildings with the landscape, our task was to develop the massing as an artificial, jagged replication of the original.

The essence of the landscape as “original” material is transformed and sculpted, becoming another self and forming an identity that indexes the local geographic morphologies and specific latitude and environment and a projection of the logic of human rational thinking spatial ordering.

The buildings are developed in terraces this strategy connects different functions and creates new connections through social interactions. A backbone, as a shortcut and primary element of development, centrally crosses the functional units of the K12 school complex and the University, arranged on both sides of a small river.

This backbone constitutes the central element of the buildings and their structure both in the internal organization and the landscape layer. It defines the roof of the buildings composed of walkable volumes. Here, numerous informal meeting areas and semi-detached areas are created-public, from which the actual training activities branch off.  A small river flows in the middle of the site. It maintains as a landscape element and at the same time structures the organization of the campus. Accommodation, library, and recreational facilities are integrated into the topography and develop around the two main buildings, K12 and University.


Izmir, Turkey


200138.6 m², 140500 m² buildings


Izmir University of Economics


University Campus

Top view

Aerial view

Local Design

Being a total site area is 200138.6 m², we were commissioned the design of a school complex (K12 Kindergarten + Primary + Secondary + High School) and of the University, with four Clusters of Faculties, Residential buildings, Services and Sport Areas. The project, that will be developed in three phases, will be completed in 2037 with the construction of 140.500 m².

Top view

Round floor plan

First floor plan

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