Akbank Academy Social Center

  • Project Date: 2019
  • Location: Cayirova / Kocaeli
  • Client: Akbank T.A.Ş
  • Project Team: Cem Ilhan, Tulin Hadi, Hande Sermet, Ozge Evirgen, Saruhan Oflaz, Sezin Beldag, Su Kapkin, Imre Hadi
  • Photography: Emrah Altınok

AKBANK Academy Social Center is a building complex that does not try to be a building, on the contrary, it hides its busy schedule in the landscape and multiplies the active green area in need. Located on the Akbank Şekerpınar Campus, the building includes a mixed activity program that integrates the existing Akbank Academy building and the Data Center building. The programme is handled in such a way to make office work more attractive in a campus of 2800 people and also to improve the quality of life of its employees. The center houses mixed-use of activities such as sports, culture, recreation and mini market, which are difficult to meet in the immediate environment. The majority of the programme is concealed underground. The indoor areas consist of a conference center, seminar halls, a bazaar, a fitness center, a cafeteria, social recreation areas and an underground car park for 350 cars. The park, which integrates all activities on campus, is an element that enriches the intense interactive and social life with its green area spreading over 17.000 m2 open area. It includes outdoor sports venues, hobby gardens and an outdoor amphitheatre. The fitness center, conference and exhibition halls, common meeting places, mini bazaar and cafeteria volumes are hidden under a green plateau which is raised slightly from the natural ground. Despite the intense program of the building, every space has been provided with natural daylight.

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