Turkish firm ONZ Architects recently unveiled plans for the gorgeous multi-tiered Ostim Eco-Park in Ankara, Turkey. The man-made hill consists of a research facility topped with levels of lush green roofs. The project also features an open and airy multi-level louvered building, which acts as the entryway for the eco-park.
ONZ’s Ostim Eco-Park was designed to minimize impact on the existing natural landscape, while also fostering new vegetation. By planting grass and shrubbery in and on the buildings, the project lets nature take the stage, and it provides space for sustainability experiments and hands-on workshops. Additional terraces and outdoor areas provide space for employees to marvel at nature during their breaks and social hours.
The main building, which serves as the entryway into the complex, is open and glassy, emulating the philosophy of an open exchange of ideas. The interior holds offices for the Ostim Eco-Park, as well as public spaces with educational exhibitions on sustainability that are accessible to the public. The building was designed with movable walls and flexible space, allowing it to easily adapt to large lectures and small conferences. Rooftop sensors control the building’s lighting and climate control, significantly reducing energy use. Glass walls provide ample natural lighting during the day while blocking solar gain. A perimeter of trees also filters light appropriately in summer and winter months. ONZ Architects’ Ostim Eco-Park harmonizes with nature to create a well-balanced work environment.