The university is organized as series of bands that run alongside the steep hillside and connected by a central perpendicular spine that enables concise distribution and forms a public heart with libraries, refectories, information and study areas.


TYPE Education, Masterplan
STATUS Design Development
LOCATION Izmir, Turkey
YEAR 2016-ongoing
CLIENT Izmir University of Economy

DESIGN TEAM Vittoria Bellassai, Andrea Cadioli, Eva Castro, Che Hung Chien, Micol Fronza, Giovanni Carlo Gentili, Mukal Gupta, Ulla Hell, Zengwei Jin, Holger Kehne, Haitao Ma, Valentina Mancini, Giulia Mariotti, Irene Mutschlechner, Edoardo Nieri, Peter Pichler, Wenxuan Qiao, Pietro Scarpa, Qingjun Tan, Yunya Tang, Lingwei Wan, Chuan Wang, Hui Xie, Zhuxi Yao, Bo Zhao, Kyra Zhao

COLLABORATORS  Buro Happold London , PMA (PolyMorph Architects)

This configuration enables a clear hierarchy and orientation, as well as giving identity to the individual parts while fostering chance encounters and a vibrant communal life.

Additional synergies derive from interspersing semi-public/ leisure activities within the academic environment, so as to create a common strata, to informally encourage social interaction, encounters and proliferation of knowledge across social and disciplinary confines.

The plinth/ or podium_ clustering, a grouping strategy to share the academic facilities, fostering crosspollination among various disciplines. This attempt is substantiated through social interaction by inserting semipublic/ leisure like activities within the academic environment. Transgressing the traditional isolation of the individual faculty, the project proposes a common strata, where the knowledge is distributed ‘horizontally’ through informal encounters among students. The proposal believes in enhancing the built up of novel knowledge, in encouraging the practice of trans-disciplinary research.