We have interviewed with Ulas Architecture team about their recent projects and how they approach the façade design.
Facade Bulletin: Would you tell us some of your recent projects?
Ulaş Kelle: We are in a period where we have realized the designs of special structures in general. We are focused on the structures that have a specific needs, requirements, and expectations. We design educational buildings –mostly R&D buildings- for universities, as well as the production facilities and administrative offices of industrial production companies.
Facade Bulletin: You have designed different education buildings that have wide range of need programs. Educational buildings are actually interesting in terms of content and user. In this sense, what is the architectural language and discourse that you have introduced?
Ulaş Kelle: The education buildings that we’ve designed had to be made with certain technical features. For example, research laboratories were part of a network of relationships that must provide certain demands in terms of hardware and design. Although these features make the design process more difficult, our habits and excitement of new information that we have in this process can make it fun and informative for us.
Similar conditions are also valid for production facilities. When designing an organism, which will live for many years, it is necessary to be flexible and to calculate well. Some parts of the facilities we have designed have changed even before they are used. This variability is one of the most important design inputs we have accepted when a project starts. This continuous motion leads us to a multi-layered view in design. We are experiencing a project process in which we discuss possible problems and solutions. Every project we have is a story of this process.
In fact, our designs are mostly in the form of custom products rather than mass products. As a result of this, you have to solve every detail with the user in the project phases. You need to be prepared for situations such as technical infrastructure and user needs that can change over time.
Facade Bulletin: A façade reveals the identity of the building, or at least the common view is in this direction. In this sense, façade design can be a combination of functional decisions and aesthetic concerns, in the general framework of design. How do you approach this topic?
Ulaş Kelle: The facade is the first and most effective component in the connection of a structure to a human being. The first idea for any observer comes from the facade. Again, the contribution the design can make to its environment can be interpreted mostly from the façade. The first impression for the user always start from the facade.
Of course, we cannot ignore the problem that the packaging of an industrial product has a more promising design than the product itself. The product may not be fully finished if attention is not paid to every aspect of it and to the function of the requirements. The lack of time for the design and construction of the building, puts the packaging in the forefront. This increase its responsibilities unnecessarily. In fact, it is necessary to acknowledge that any aspect of the project is an element that should be evaluated in the whole. We think that, the facade is an integral part of the overall design, perhaps because of this, a separate architect for the facade design seems very strange to us. Or we find it wrong that the façade which is facing the road has to be more attentive.
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