EPOKA SOCIAL CENTER & DEPARTMENT OF ARCHITECTURE

ZAMBAK ARCHITECTS + CORDA


EPOKA SOCIAL CENTER & DEPARTMENT OF ARCHITECTURE

ZAMBAK ARCHITECTS + CORDAarchmarathonZAMBAK ARCHITECTS + CORDA
Zuhuratbaba Mahallesi Incirli Caddesi No:55 34147
Bakirkoy Istanbul, Turkiye
www.zambakmimarlik.com
Category:
Education
Project selected:
EPOKA SOCIAL CENTER & DEPARTMENT OF ARCHITECTURE
Location:
Tirana, Albania
Year:
2013

Epoka Social Center and Department of Architecture (ESC+DA) building is part of the Epoka University Campus in Tirana, capital of Albania. ESC+DA is the third completed building of the Epoka Campus project, it is a product of analysis derived by the coexistence with the rest of the campus, a reflection of major campus design principles as well as a fit to its reformulated program.
Subsequent reforms brought change to the content and the program of the building. ESC+DA was asked to host a variety of activities requiring amalgam of spatial relations. While the building hosts the university’s most emerging department, some of the functions like the conference hall, the cafeteria and the canteen, the student social clubs and the library give answers to the university’s social spatial needs. Lining the southern edge of the campus, the ESC+DA with its northern courtyard create its main public area.
Designed to hold the architectural department building, the ESC+DA, through spatial composition and interior design principles, aims to play a role in the architectural education. The materialization of the design decisions are considered inside this specific framework. The space defining elements and the infrastructural system serving to the building become part of a transparent network. Thus, the transparency of the structural, the mechanical, and the electrical systems of the building becomes an educational tool for the students of architecture. In this framework it is thought to express the essence of each material, therefore the effects on the space they define.