The dynamics of the geography of the campus limits the interaction of the function clusters in the campus with each other and with common areas. The existing campus, which is not considered within the scope of a holistic masterplan, evolved into an eclectic morphology in the process, establishes a relationship with topography. On the other hand, the typological differences and / or inconsistencies of the structure and structure groups in the campus indicate an undeniable identity problem.

Duzce University Konuralp Campus; It should be privatized as a campus that transforms its values into opportunities, respects nature, is oriented towards alternative energy sources and interprets the input of topography as a policy of construction.

The Masterplan or Development Plan should reflect the vision of the university while providing the rehabilitation of the existing settlement. In this context, Development Plan design principles are discussed under three main headings.


Respect to Nature / Peace with Topography


The land on which the campus is located can be defined as geography fragmented with two main valley backbones, limited to the forest area in the north. Variable-oriented and inclined topography offers rich perspective angles in four different sub-regions. Currently, three sub-regions, referred to as 'Health Campus', 'Resident Campus' and 'Sports Campus', have largely been built according to the dominant function selection. The campus's new concentration area is the 'Education-Culture Campus', which is the main focus of the project.


Within the scope of the Development Plan, it is envisaged to integrate the four sub-regions that make up the campus with the 'Recreation Backbone' and the open field construction projected on the valley system. The forest area was not considered as a natural threshold, but as part of the settlement, and as a complement to it, the campus users were provided with access to nature through the discovery track which provided access to small-scale recreational functions. The open spaces covering the valley formations, forest area, vista points and hard floors describe the open and green system as a whole.




In order to relate the four sub-regions and function clusters within the scope of the Development Plan, two dominant pedestrian axes are proposed. First axle is the ‘Existing Campus Promenade’. It is starting from the front of the North Gate and Mosque, touches to campus forum, keeping the perimeter of the Valley, headings to rectorate building direction.

The main pedestrian axis reaching the 'Education-Culture Campus' in front of the entrance gate, lodgings, sports campus, student center and central classrooms from the south gate is called 'Campus Development Promenade'. The Campus Development Promenade establishes a direct relationship with the main entrance, reception square, cultural center and library, and climbs to the summit of the campus.

These two backbones are connected to each other by the lower-scale pedestrian paths and become a continuous circulation-circulation network. It collects, directs and distributes access to pedestrian traffic on campus.





A New Breath 'Camouflage' to Messy Morphology


The typology of campus development is a 'disappearance' and 'camouflage' story, in parallel with the existence struggle of existing and planned structures against each other and their geography. It is considered to be an 'antithesis' against messy morphology, far from describing a common identity.

The suggestion sub-region adapts to the rhythm of the terrain. It does not against to the topography, it disappears. He criticizes the existing building stock by pulling it into its shell. Predict natural values, landscape factor and earthquake risk. Structure and structure groups are considered as part of the settled land. They don't look at each other; enjoy the view from each other.

The cultural center and the library, which holds the front of the main entrance and the reception square is the city's facing city. The relations of the faculty structures proposed at different levels were provided under the ground. Sitting on the slope and under the ground, the spaces were intended to take light and air through the decadent gardens. In parallel to the main vehicle path, the planned way of service, faculty entrances and terraces allows to establish a relationship with the flat.

Location   Düzce
Program   Düzce University Konuralp Campus Development Plan / Urban Design Competition - 1st Mention
Size   168 Ha 
Client   Düzce University
Year   2015