New expo development from Emre Arolat Architects
Izmir Fair Complex is planned to be a contemporary expo area, that will stand among similar complexes around the world. The aim is to end up with a work that will both meet all professional and technical needs of an exposition complex, and have a strong and significant architectural approach regarding the topographical, natural and climatic inputs of the place.
It was impossible to design large halls with steel space truss structural elements and metal roofs. The common image of Izmir is being a contemporary and civilised city that sustains its existence with the sea and the landscape. The topography of the site and the texture of its surroundings, together with the natural image of Izmir had led us to an ecological building structure that continues the slope of the site. What the architects have tried to do is to 'give back' the natural and volumetric qualities of the site, as far as a building can, after nearly 117.000m2 construction.
Coming to more concrete inputs of the project, there are 8 exhibition halls of 10.000m2 each, which mainly leads the structural formation of the complex. These halls are planned to be approximately 140m x 70m x 10m prisms built up with a structural grid of approximately 25m x 25m, that will bear the green roof. It is quite important to build up green roofs to restore the planting. This will be a roof that will only be accessed for maintenance and will not be used by crowds. The ecolocigal impacts of the green roof in case of insulation and water collection are also to be evaluated. The halls are placed at different levels depending on the slope of the site. Additional to the halls, other main functions are the conference center, hotel and parking lots. The only periscopic building of the complex is the hotel that lines up one edge of the site. Other buildings are all planned to be underneath the green roof.
The site is mainly divided into two by the road that connects the highway to the area. The larger portion is the area where the halls and its side functions are located and the smaller part inhabits an underparking, hotel and the conference center. Behind the larger area, out of the project site is another parking lot that is embeded into the hill.