Görkem Volkan Design Studio has been specialized in providing architectural & interior design and project consultation services since it has been founded in Istanbul in 2006. As GVDS, in all the projects that we participate, our top priority is to successfully provide the services of design, project coordination, on-site monitoring of the application and production processes, interdisciplinary coordination, quantity survey and preparation of bidding documents through a coordinated teamwork between the client and the architect . While we believe that design has an essential role to play in building corporate style and brand, in our projects, we successfully present options that best fit the client, the users and the environmental factors. As architects and designers, we are aware of our responsibility to create high performance, healthy and functional spaces that accommodates direct interaction among people.We aim to manage the short and long term scheduling requirements and the priorities of the clients in each project, in compliance with the designated factors. We believe that, in all phases of concept design, project creation, application and controlling processes, success can be achieved by becoming a good team player and we hold efficient teamwork in high regard, knowing how much value it adds to any project. As GVDS, in architectural design and interior design fields, we have successfully managed the design, application and coordination projects for Accommodation, Office and Retail spaces, having completed more than 800.000 m2 of covered area in total.

EXPO 2017 ASTANA
ENERGY CENTER

PROJECTS

LOCATION

ASTANA, KAZAKHSTAN

TYPE

Array

YEAR

2015

AREA

27.000M²

CLIENT

A HOLDING

STATUS

in_progress

In 2017, The Expo Fair will be held in Astana. The Energy Center that contains energy production, infrastructure control and administrative offices will run as Expo’s head office in a sense. The building already has an outer shell design while the spatial organization, roof connections, façade coordination and interior design are undertaken by GVDS.

The building covers a closed area of 27.000 square meters and GVDS planned around 16.000 square meters of common space which include entrance lobbies, office spaces, guest halls, conference venue and energy production control sections. The aim is to emphasize the central building and make its relation with the energy perceivable via the interior design.

Digitally transformable screens communicating energy issues are located on surfaces that are fixed with a minimum connection to the existing structure and the shell. The minimum engagement of the new surfaces with the existing structure is a frequently used connection method that GVDS prefers also in other projects.

To provide a sense of belonging with the space, natural wooden surfaces are used with bright and smooth wide plates that are perforated with natural textures in the building that will serve 750 working people. A gallery, consisting of a wide winter garden that is surrounded by office spaces is welcoming people, while the natural light leaking from the top provides a relation between the outer weather conditions.

The section that consists of VIP spaces is designed as a cantilever structure over the power distribution unit that distributes the electricity derived from the photovoltaic panels, all over the EXPO site. The building has all the precautions related with alternative energy production and sustainability, in accordance with its main function.

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