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.

SKYDOME
OFFICE BUILDING

PROJECTS

LOCATION

BAMAKO, MALI

TYPE

Array

YEAR

2015

AREA

12.000 sqm

CLIENT

BTW

STATUS

in_progress

Skydome is a high-rise office block which is designed by GVDS for a Turkish and Malian consortium in Bamako, the capital city of Mali that is the most developed country of Western Africa.

In the Skydome project, the design limitations that are results of the geographical and climatological conditions, construction capabilities, experience and capacities of the companies around, played an important role like in many others. However, as a first example of this building scale in Bamako, the limitations are slightly bent to emancipate the design process. Two alternative projects are developed during the process and the client appreciates both of them and eventually the second alternative is decided to be built in the neighboring parcel.

In this manner, the two buildings with different façade systems will create a dialogue and establish a good exemplary building relation for the boulevard nearby.

A shard green space, daylight and access to the low level shared parking lots are provided in the backyard that connects the two buildings.

Warm air and wind resulting from the geographical factors created critical necessities for the details in façade materials as glass and precast elements.

Naturally irrigated plants and trees are placed on the building façades. For casting shadows, shutter systems operating with movement of the sun are preferred. Large amount of the energy used in both of the two buildings are derived from photovoltaic systems.

Two different cores are placed to create different floor partitions in the office block design while the ground floor is specialized for commercial activities.

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