The YDA Center is situated at a point near one of the two main arteries of the city where a rapidly growing number of offices, residences and universities take place. The site is not only in the middle of business, recreation, shopping but also located at the intersection of public transport stations of underground light railway, subway and bus services. The entire complex has a total construction area of 356.000 m².
The project is composed of three main spaces; "Urban Plaza", "Office", "Park ", and "Urban Voids" to link those spaces.
The buildings in the complex are located at the periphery of the land. An Urban Plaza is designed at the center that provides transition between metro stations, commercial and retail spaces, office blocks entrances, cafes, exhibition spaces, multipurpose open performance areas and green spaces. Containing numbers of courtyards and connecting streets at different levels, Urban Plaza provides access to neighboring spaces and to the Park located at the southern part of the site.
The Office is designed by considering the commercial and public potentials of the area. The design of the Office combines the vertical and horizontal office typologies, thus creates a 'High Flat Office' typology. By offering terraces, panoramic elevators and social activity spaces at different levels, the Office forms multi-dimensional relationships with its surroundings in an urban level. The building is formed by taking references from neighbouring buildings, combining the tower on the eastern side, and triangle shaped slightly curved tower on the other side, with an urban void at the center of the building. At the highest point of the building, a Roof Restaurant is located with the panaromic view of the city.
"The Park" is located at the southern part of the site, with 13.000 m² total landscape area. The park provides restaurant and cafe space, a kindergarden, an open concert and performance area and a parking garage underground. With its unique program, it offers solution to the parking problem of the area while serving as an urban activity space for citizens. The parking is connected to the lower Plaza through a tunnel under the road.
An 'Urban Void' is also designed along the main axis which is perpendicular to the 'the urban plaza', 'the office' and 'the park'. The void is under the big arc below the office block and provide a big cubic opening without any columns with 35m. height and 24m. width. The urban void is opening to the residential area on the south and connects the region to the public transport stations and the public facilities. The void has also a central conic cavity which is open on both sides while connecting the lower plaza where street musicians, artists and performers welcome the citizens exiting from the light rail station, and the sky above. It will create a different feeling for the one who will look up, and will be surprised to see the sky in the heart of an urban block.
The YDA Center complex open itself to the city of Ankara on many different dimensions with its variable spaces and introduce a spatially, visually and socially vibrant urban space.
Kerem Yazgan, Begüm Yazgan
Yazgan Design Architecture
Yunus Özkazanç, Kerem Yazgan
Founded in 2003 by Kerem Yazgan and Begüm Yazgan, both PhD. Architects, Yazgan Design Architecture Inc. is an architectural, interior, landscape and graphic design and construction firm based in Ankara, Turkey. .The company has the capacity to create projects of different programs and scales that cover conceptual, design development and construction phases. Mixed-use buildings, retail, hotel, residential, office, educational buildings, hospitals, cultural centers, airports, and sport complexes are some of the building typologies that comprise the company portfolio. Yazgan Design Architecture also achieves interior and landscape design construction works alongside its project repertoire.