Project DescriptionFROM THE ARCHITECTS:
Gokceada is an island in Northern Aegean Sea with small scale masonry houses in organic urban patterns. As it is located on an island, the town is an isolated settlement with limited resources. Therefore the main aim of the Gokceada High School Campus—which includes a high school, vocational school, dormitory, gymnasium, library, and a conference hall—is to create an integrated life within educational-social entity of the school and urban life. The campus will not only be used during school hours, but it will remain accessible to the people of the island 24 hours a day as an open campus, with the intent of sharing limited resources efficiently.
Pedestrians first reach the campus square by walking along the school's front façade. The campus square and the buildings surrounding the library, conference hall, indoor and outdoor sports areas are easily accessible to townspeople. The square also leads you to the meadows and hobby gardens further ahead for outdoor recreational facilities. The project which was awarded with the 1st prize in the national architectural competition was mostly appraised by the jury for its open campus quality and integrated life proposal with the town.
The school buildings also propose an interactive learning environment. Especially the ground floor is transparent with an easy flow through courtyards, encouraging students to participate, be inquisitive and learn from each other. A passerby can listen to the melodies coming from the music room, or a student can observe artwork through the transparent glass façade. The learning environment becomes a versatile space, creating a sense of belonging.
The campus buildings, which will have a total of 18,000 m2 of gross floor area, are planned to be situated on the former building's footprints to preserve the existing trees and use the vast green, and open spaces of the campus.
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