NKY reveals design for new Ministry of Health Headquarters in Ankara, Turkey
The new office building for the Turkish Ministry of Health is planned in Bilkent, Ankara and shares a limited land area with Atatürk Hospital and the Integrated Health Campus. The linear double corridor scheme of the existing public buildings have been developed into a curvilinear scheme to overcome the problem of fitting into the limited site.
Consequently, maximum use of facades for the offices with a 360-degree scenery is maintained. The layout is achieved by planning vertical blocks of functional units in the program, side by side in a curvilinear form. Blocks that gradually rise up in cascade forms provide an elegant silhouette for the massive bulk of the compact buildings.
Functional continuity is achieved by the main circulation ring which serves together with main entrance lobby to connect all program units including the Ministry Block. The piazza in the centre of this ring creates a peaceful social space with its Seljukid pattern 'connecting yesterday with tomorrow'.
The effect of sunlight throughout the façade is controlled by vertical elements in the exterior envelope. Moreover, façade design contributes to the buildings energy performance and sustainable comfort properties.