BANDIRMA DESIGN PARK COMPETITION PROJECT
Client: Balıkesir Metropolitian Municipality
Project Area: 260.000 sqm
Year: February 2017
Scope of Work: Conceptual Landscape Projects, Visualization of Landscape Design
Team: Görkem Güvenç, İ.Anıl Biçer, Emre Engin, Francesco De Felice, Andrea Perego, Merve Günay, Dilara Özkaymaz
In the project considered as the ‘’Futures Design Park’’ attention has been payed to make landscape areas convenient and constant in language integrity. Landscape design decisions were made in line with the natural potentials, ecological features and possibilities of the area. To maintain biological sustainability, the climatic and ecological features of the project area were also considered when selecting plants.
The secondary roads coming out from the ‘grid system’ adopted throughout the project were emphasized by trees selected from the flora of Balıkesir due to define more. While high and garish trees (Gingko blioba, Quercus ilex, Populus alba, Castanea sativa etc.) were featured at the vertical roads, fruit trees that are shorter but that can create different effects with their colorful leaves and flowers (Persica vulgaris, Prunus amerricana, Prunus cerasifera etc.) were featured at the horizontal roads.
Users are aimed to be wandered in a perceptual and experiential landscape journey in the landscape corridor surrounding the project area. Therefore, trees that have different basic geometries and textures (Fagus sylvatica ‘Dawycj’, Supressus sp., Populus alba, Robina pseodocacacia ‘umbraculifera’, Taxus baccata ‘pyramidalis’ etc.) were used with in the route.
The attitude ‘respect for the existing’ that was adopted throughout the project was continued for the existing concrete blocks and they were designed to enable users to experience basic design principles with various installations. Basic design principles were made by pairing every block with different materials as a design tool. Thus it was desired to emphasize the concepts of rhythm, gardens were designed with wood, hierarchy with marble, integrity with metal and contrast with metal. Additionally, in some of these labyrinths, gardens were designed to make the effect of sound and scent on spatial experience, visible.
In the area designed to be a place where simple landforms can be experienced, to create a feeling of being above and below ground level, viewing points were created on scenic places and seating areas were created underground.
The 659m long promenade and the green spots on it, which is the backbone of the project, were used as a binding design element connecting the masses. Sculptural trees that were selected according to the climate (Ficus carica, Juglans typhina, Salix babylonica etc.) were featured on this area.