ANKARA (TR) - Tabanlioğlu Architects, one of the largest and most eminent architectural firms in Turkey, has designed several buildings for one of the country's largest media companies, the Dogan Media Group. The most recent is a new administration building in Ankara. The eye-catchingly pristine building has just been opened.
The new Dogan Media Centre is located on an almost square lot near the main Ankara-Eskisehir highway, which is gradually being populated by private and government buildings. Although the prominent roadside position would seem to be an invitation for standout contemporary architecture, striking buildings are relatively rare.
While DMC Ankara is quite restrained in terms of design – a basic cube with a minimum of different materials and colours – the basic cube form has been 'deformed' by protrusions and subtractions, which give the building a highly dynamic appearance. Your eye is automatically drawn to it because it looks different from every angle, a characteristic that is even more noticeable when you pass it at high speed.
But what really distinguishes DMC from mainstream office buildings is the use of perforated metal sheets on the facades. The light brown aluminium panels with laser-cut circular holes continue inside the building on the suspended ceilings, providing great flexibility for lighting and other services. The interior of the building consists of covered galleries of different heights, which bring more daylight into the mezzanine floors and offices while also creating a vibrant internal landscape.
Tabanlioğlu architects used simplicity as a design element and with the help of an unconventional use of metal panelling and a rich interior topography, turned a standard seven-storey office building into a striking piece of architecture for the national capital. (Ömer Kanipak)