As Istanbul reestablishes itself as a global center, its institutions are keeping apace. Acibadem Healthcare Group, Turkey's leading private healthcare provider, is rethinking the basics: caregiver education. At t University, a 866,000 square-foot facility in central Istanbul, the paradigm has shifted to a team approach, in which all caregiver students collaborate within a single set of facilities. The integrated model is apparent in this urban campus. Stacked into a compact footprint that includes residential, recreational, dining, research, and educational programs, the campus spans three interconnected buildings set back from a street and oriented around a central green space. The design was conceptualized as a unique response to both program and context. Organized on the 3.5-acre urban campus the program flows sequentially from the most public (academic) spaces to the most private (residential).
On the exterior, rich hues of terra cotta signal private uses. As it recedes, terra-cotta becomes a grille before giving way entirely, in academic areas, to a shimmering facade highlighted with dichroic glass. A dynamic composition of stepped volumes, wrapped in glass, the facade honors the city's multilayered past and echoes the bustle of its streets. Balconies supply needed privacy. Intimate spaces inside the stately library facilitate focused learning. And plentiful green spaces, along with projecting facade elements, blur the lines between inside and outside. Beneath the exterior a functional interior is configured to optimize flexibility providing large contiguous blocks of research and educational space connected by paths of circulation and student gathering spaces.