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Gökhan Catikkas
M.Architect

Selected works 2011-2023

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Architectural Approach

Approach

ABSTRACTION - BRAINSTORMING

Each new project is an exciting opportunity. The goal of the design should be defined clearly. Which aspect of architecture should be pirioritized in the given context?. Urban texture, sustainabilitiy, an impressive look, innovative materiality etc. To search the focus, digital or oldschool sketching is the best way. What is expected from this building to achieve?

Asking the right questions by sketching and making variations helps us see the priorities and search what the design can offer for us. Every aspect of a project should be well thought and refined without overdesigning and avoiding a mix of half executed ideas.

Reducing and finding / keeping the main design rules clear / building a story are key factors in the first very enjoyable phases of the design proccess.

WORKFLOW DESIGN - TOOL BUILDING

Choosing the right tools for the right purpose is critical for efficiency. Most of the time we need to take one step further and design our tools. Scripting with Dynamo and Grasshopper helps us to do repetitive and time consuming tasks quicker.

A good design workflow with the knowledge of aspects of the project that can change in the next phases helps the team to quickly fine tune the design without redoing most of the architectural material. A comprehensive workflow and designing in 3D helps us to visualise and see many possiblities. Generating “to the point” tools helps us use our time to think “architecture” and “design”. Software should serve us to achieve our design goals and we should be open to learning new software and improve our tools if necessary.

COORDINATION - DETAIL DESIGN

To execute the clear idea and achieve the buildings purpose, every detail is important. The designer should create a feedback loop and keep the first idea sketches and test in every step how the coordination / optimisation of the design effects the building.

Real world challenges like regulations and cost efficiency can effect our architectural vision in the later phases of the project, therefore testing the later design decisions and simulating with visual material can help us adapt, interpret new information or suggest innovative solutions to keep most of the design ideas until the construction phase.

Professional Works

WORK
RESEARCH

Research

FUN

Fun

photography