Underground museums: architects design the Turkish history of underground tunnels.

Results for ‘Underearth’ – Cultural Architecture Competition Now Available

In today’s environment, underground structures have always been only for functional purposes such as parking, subways and bunkers. The safe atmosphere that accompanies the concept of underground structures has always yielded to misconceptions of their closed and uninteresting designs. Some of these mundane concepts also exhibit characteristics of seamless transition between spaces and a comfortable environment.

They also had the added benefit of insulation. But with such eccentric projects come additional costs for ventilation of the space, as well as additional expenses for circulation and lighting.

The rise of underground structures is relatively older than one might think.

Current trends and radical designers on a global scale are changing this trend from “grassroots” with various experiences tailor-made for the underground, bringing new energies to this typology.

Underground tunnel systems have existed since ancient times. They have served many purposes, some of them including refuge, storage, easy transportation, and protection from natural distress.

Cappadocia is one of those regions in Turkey. It serves as one of the best examples of underground tunnel systems mainly used for transport, which allowed them to avoid difficult terrain above. The place has a vibe that would serve as the perfect setting for an alternate reality, with volcanic ash stone structures on the surface and a vast system of tunnels below, which once served as a home for over 20,000 people.

It is not the only or the oldest underground, but its popularity is accredited to its depth and intricacies. A place so rich in culture and wonders needs a testimony that tells its story to the crowds of tourists who visit it every year.

Every city needs a statement, to stand the test of time and tell its stories. Underground structures exist today in cities like Cappadocia, but every building has an expiration date.

Museums are one of the many ways in which this can relate to the world today. There are over 200 underground cities in Turkey and the most important are Derinkuyu and Kaymakli.

Challenge – Design a gallery / museum whose structure reflects Turkey’s underground tunnel systems.

The space should represent the culture that existed in these cities and show it to visitors rather than focusing only on its aesthetics. The gallery should act as an immersive experience for the users.

The underground city of Derinkuyu can be the subject of a specific study if necessary.

The competition jury was made up of eminent designers, professionals and academics from around the world. The main jurors for the competitions were:

Ertuğ Uçar, Director, TEGET, Turkey

Kerem Erginoglu, Co-founder / Architect, Erginoğlu & Çalışlar, Turkey

Claudiu Ionescu, Owner – Senior Architect, START SRL, Romania

Ayca Taylan Yerce, Founding partner, Yerce Architecture, Turkey

Dorin Stefan Adam, CEO, Mânadelucru, Romania

Evren BaÅŸbuÄŸ, founding partner, Studio Evren BaÅŸbuÄŸ, Turkey

Some of the Best of competition projects are:

Winning project: Alt Museum By: Kemal Tezcan

People’s choice: UNDERGROUND MUSEUM By: Ayda Aliasgarian, Mobina Mohseni & Mehdi Khakzand

Editors Choice: KAYSERI CULTURAL CENTER By: Tecolote Collective

Cappadocia is located in a historic region which, although it is an important area due to its historical context, has not yet been the subject of an effort to create a space that celebrates the cultural value of the Cappadocian people. , but also the various cultural aspects that many tourists are interested in. This project is the potential answer to that.

Editors Choice: A day at the medieval underground museum By: YUZHI YAO & JIARU WANG

The description: This is a museum showcasing the history and culture of the medieval Turkish underground tunnel system. Visitors must walk through intricate ventilation pipes to find the entrance to the underground museum, then dress up as people living underground in the Middle Ages in cosplay form for an immersive experience.

Editors Choice: “Havada” underground By: Chloe Chen, Angela Li and Keng Chi Mak

The description: Buried for centuries, the Cappadocians set out to rule the skies with their reborn ships, naming everything beneath the celestial dome as their own. They were underground, but they were endowed with an unprecedented abundance of space. Havada transforms this wealth into an inverted citadel-museum. They are still below, still afloat.

Editors Choice: CONTRASTONE SHELL By: Emre Ozturk & Doğukan Güngör

The description: The design establishes a museum in the town of Kayseri with what he learned from the underground cities. He points out that underground life is based on tunnels. It gives meaning to the design, which will be located on the outskirts of the city, adding public qualities. It also draws attention to the natural stone mines, the real face of the city of Kayseri.

Editors Choice: Museum of Experiences By: “Selin Demirel”

The description: This museum was designed for people to experience and sympathize with the way people lived underground. With this pattern, the design uses two techniques to create a space, one being traditional digging and the other being covering with the movement of the ground. He builds an image inspired by “Peri Bacaları”.

Editors Choice: VITRIOL (Stone Museum) By: Simge Ozkan & Bilge Nur Çalışkan

The description: In the Vitriol museum, which we designed with spaces with different advertisements at different levels, we wanted to design walls that establish the spaces with local stones from the region. The walls of various formations played a role in the different light levels of the spaces and the formation of the spatial influence.

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