Luleburgaz Woman Academy, fighting violence in a house-shaped building
Wall Corporation/Selim Senin
Providing education and social services to the women, children and families who need to be supported living in the district, providing consultancy and guidance services in solving the problems of women, families and children, communicating with the relevant institutions, organizing vocational-cultural and artistic courses for women, and ensuring that our women are active in social and cultural life. It is aimed to create a leading center where activities will be carried out to ensure the participation of women and to remove women from the environment of violence.
In the fight against violence against women, one of the intervention services offered to women who are exposed to violence or at risk and to their children is the women's and children's guest house.
The Women Academy will be used for activities that will support women in finding the place they deserve in social life and as a shelter against violence from their spouses. In order to provide a safe zone for women, a platform was created by raising 1.5 from the ground, this platform was raised especially to ensure the safety of women who had been subjected to violence by their spouses, and a safe outdoor area was created.
While there are general service units such as management and conference hall under this platform, workshop areas for women and places where women will stay according to violence from their spouses are designed above the platform. The areas below the platform receive light from 4 façades at a height of 150 cm. In addition, the triangular courtyards created within the platform both define a green garden area for relaxation and provide light and natural air intake to the interior spaces in the middle of the building.
The functions on the platform are designed with the silhouette of the house, which is the first thing that comes to mind when everyone says 'home'. This house silhouette is designed differently in every function of the building. The building takes its architectural identity from this house shape, which 5-6 year old children use without exception when they draw houses, and it is designed as a structure where all women can socialize and stop the violence they face from their spouses. They can be made to have conversations, and they can socialize with their other friends comfortably in the open area without threatening their spouses.
Sports and playground functions located on the adjacent plot are also integrated into the park with the direct opening of one of the triangular courtyards defined in the building.
Kigali and Istanbul based architecture office WALL Corporation was founded by architect Selim Senin in 2010 at Istanbul first. Senin has established Wall corporation in Kigali in 2017 too.He continues to work on various projects in Turkey and Rwanda based in Istanbul and Kigali. WALL Corporation is the architectural design company which has received more than 40 international architectural design awards from Italy, UK, Russia, India around the world. WALL is a company that can design buildings in any function regardless of scale and structure typology.Besides the design of the building, it contains all the engineering disciplines required for the construction of the building.WALL designs the building to be built, from the master plan decisions to the details of the manufacturing to be made on site.