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The Fertek district where the education campus is designed
is located 6 km away from the Niğde city center.
All land date were taken into consideration while design-
ing the Niğde Education Campus and the objective was to
design spaces that support communal life while enriching
social-cultural and sportive activities for students in addition
to being a space designed in accordance with the topogra-
phy and climate. The main design approach was providing
a concept that supports the physical and mental develop-
ment of students while encouraging the relationships of the
cultural, sportive, educational and social spaces with each
other which are accessed from the lower and upper eleva-
tions. This concept was combined with topography and
climate date for shaping the current design.
The slope in the topography was one of the main decisions
in shaping the design. The campus was designed to be par-
allel to the slope for minimum excavation and topography
was used to strengthen the relationships between social
life, culture and education which were the main concerns
of the design. It was decided to have two entrances for
the campus, a gridal settlement and square was formed by
combining the lower and upper plots with a social-cultural
centerline and topography elevation was used e›ectively for
the inner and outer spaces.
Niğde is located in a cold-dry climate region and continental
climate conditions are observed. High heat insulating mate-
rials were selected for passive climatization and the campus
was terraced to the southern façade in order to make the
most use of the sunlight. Heat energy of the soil was used
for passive climatization as well. Structural and positional
clustering increase the heat energy of the buildings ob-
tained from the soil while increasing the relationship of the
structure with the land.
Southern entrance square is located at the lower elevation
of the campus settlement. The thermal mass subject to
sunlight all day long releases the absorbed heat energy at
night. The valley functions as a ventilation channel due to
the principle that heated air rises up and cooled air goes
down. The air heated at the southern square changes its
location with the cold air at the northern settlement thus
contributing to climatization.
Making e›ective use of sunlight is an important factor for
classroom planning and placement, thus the classroom
units were placed around a gallery so as to make the most
e›ective use from the sunlight.