Designed by Dinkoff Architects and Engineers, Rock-Sette is a self-sufficient and non-polluting disaster prevention and education center for Istanbul, Turkey. The project draws in water from the creek on the south side, purifies it, and stores it in a series of ponds. The cool air from these ponds is brought indoors to cool the interior naturally via diffusers in the floor plates and walls. Additionally, a set of solar panels on the south-facing roof are able to satisfy all the facility’s electrical power needs.
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The building’s south half is completely screened with perforated metal panels which filter the light of hot summer sunrises to create a comfortable environment. This feature can drastically lower the HVAC bill and pay for itself in the long term. Additionally, it creates a beautiful architectural feature which marks the entrances on both the north and south sides. It is done in a way that not only satisfies the functional needs, but also is an important architectural addition. On the north side, the building is completely open and playful. The natural rock formation vocabulary makes people stop and see it as a reminder of Cappadocia which has survived for millennia and still remains strong.