Ayhan Sahenk Agricultural Sciences and Technologies Building

  • area / size 258,333 sqft
  • Completed 2013
  • Location Nigde, Turkey,
  • PAB Architects developed a design for the Ayhan Sahenk Agricultural Sciences and Technologies Building located in Nigde, Turkey.

    Faculty of Agricultural Sciences and Technologies consists of four departments, classrooms, lecture rooms, laboratories and social facilities. The project aims to unite theoretical and practical education via its architectural approach by interweaving the buildings and the applied agricultural land into each other. Students not only work in laboratories for practical education, but they also work on land with seeds and seedlings for various researches. This approach defines landscape as a crucial part of daily life in the faculty and places the buildings around a courtyard as its core. While the landscape enables experimental agriculture, it also allows different plants in different seasons to become landscape elements for the building. The courtyard, while maximizing the natural ventilation and lighting, also becomes a social gathering space for students.

    The wheat pattern on the façade which is designed by PAB Architects and graphic designer Didem Ates is the first example in Turkey of an implementation with digital printing at such scale.

    The building, which was the winning proposal in an invited competition process, is in use since 2013.

    ArchitectPAB Architects
    Project Design: Pinar Gokbayrak, Ali Eray, Burcin Yildirim
    Project Team: Samim Magriso, Ekin Aytac, Eda Ozgener, Zeynep Ceylan, Eda Yeyman
    Consultants: Eda Lerzan Tuncbil, Emre Arslan, Elif Celik
    Contractor: Dogus Construction
    Photography: Utku Tonguç Topal