HONOURABLE MENTION, IZMIR SUSTAINABILITY CENTER NATIONAL COMPETITION
We are living in a volatile and complex world. Climate change, energy crises, economic downturns, the COVID-19 pandemic, and increasing natural disasters push us architects to reconsider our design priorities. In order to address the urgent need to create equitable, resilient, and nature-centered cities, we need to change how we practice architecture and set new standards for the construction industry.
SOUR’s proposal for Izmir Sustainability Center, SAL, is designed as Turkiye’s first floating public building. Through its floating structure, SAL significantly reduces embodied carbon footprint, responds to rising sea levels, and avoids earthquake loads and ground improvements on a site with a high risk of liquefaction. By tapping into Izmir’s traditional shipbuilding know-how, SAL aims to answer future problems in energy transition, port relocation, and climate change.
SAL is designed as a journey between modern and traditional, local and global, calm and bold. It provides viable yet elegant solutions to energy and water usage, material and resource wastage, supply chain inefficiencies, and embodied carbon footprint. It is a self-sufficient structure that can sail to different ports, becoming a traveling landmark within the city’s public infrastructure.
SAL is Turkiye’s first carbon-negative public structure that serves as an educational and recreational venue, serving Izmir’s socio-cultural, environmental, and climate database.
Super Structure - Mustafa Adnan Ogut - Emir Mühendislik
Floatıng Structures - Jelle Vedders - Bartels & Vedders
Ship Building Design - Samet Karaçoban - Karaçoban Engineering
Soil and Ground - Fatih Kulaç - Zetaş AŞ
Structural Timber - Prof. Dr. Demet Sürücü - Bahçeşehir Üniversitesi
Mechanical & Plumbing Design:
Orhan Murat Gunson - GMD Moskay
Serhan Mumcu - GMD Moskay
Ozlem Dilda Yaman - Erke Tasarım
Kemal Ovacık - Ovacık Mühendislik
Zeynep Odabaş - Zeytin Danışmanlık
ESG - Jack Rose - Buro Happold
Carbon Footprint - Dr. Natasha Watson - Buro Happold
Design Technology & Innovation - Wolf Mangelsdorf -
Building Performance Simulations - Mehmet Okumus - Mas Dynamics
Sustainability Framework - Cemil Yaman - Erke Tasarım
Regenerative Design Framework - Prof. Dr. Aysu Kuru - University of Sydney
Urban Design & Planning Consultancy:
Prof. Dr. Züleyha Sara Belge - Mersin Üniversitesi
Korhan Sisman - Planlux
Didem Çarçak Erden - Planlux
David Rossman - Felix Render
Makett Model Maker:
Sebahattin Uzgor - ModelArt