All images courtesy of Architectural Design Collaborative OPT
‘Synthetic Publics’ is a 35,000ft2 city hall concept developed by Architectural Design Collaborative OPT. Created with Turkish Bureaucracy in mind, the centre promotes citizen participation and political transparency through increased connectivity between civilian and governmental bodies.
The building is situated within the vicinity of a planned transportation hub in the Turkish city of Tekirdag, on the northern coast of the sea of marmara about 84 miles west of Istanbul. Though innately security intensive — for government use — OPT attempts to interject the general public into the scene.
Much of ‘Synthetic Publics’ is void space, with little function besides drawing visitors into the building. Confidential zones are pushed upwards into the faceted forms, separated into three streamlined groups that include more than 30 departments. Diagonal openings penetrate the form at every floor, which brings daylight into the interior and also bolsters views and circulation schemes.