Academy, in full name Izmir Mediterranean Academy, is located in an old flour factory in Halkapınar. It focuses on four topics; art culture, design, ecology and history. Academy is supported by local municipality. Building consists of co-working places, exhibition, workshop places, libraries and an artist-in-residence.
Academy is working with volunteers, designers and artists. They are working in certain topics and exhibiting results in the same building. So building is working as research, production and display centres.
Design approach is based on “space in space” methodology and developed through sustainability. “Space in space” means that smallest spaces are working independently, but also they are working together consistently, in need. As sustainability, materials are chosen with natural aspects, but of course design concept is sustainable too. All of the spaces and their functions could be adapted to changes from project to project.
Academy compared to others
Academy is an example to non-profit co-working place. Functions and missions are determined by comparing to examples in both Turkey and other countries. As a result, academy is focused on region’s problems in four main subjects.
Users are examined in four main subjects. Staff is responsible for daily jobs and organising everything. Researchers, designers and artist are doing project with the help of academy. Guests are visiting academy and observing projects.
There are lots of physical limiters due to age of building. Building has masonry walls and these are bore by steel structure. To support heavy walls, they are 3 rows of columns and beam system. And structure and masonry walls cannot be changed because of its age.
Building is thought without its walls and simplified by dividing into basic prismatic volumes. By using all the limiters, these volumes are divided with a grid system. Basic shapes are made with help of these grids and these shapes are connected.