Settled life in Konya starts since the prehistoric period. The city was the capital city of Anatolian Seljuks and continued its reputation and esteem during the Ottoman period. The founder of Sufi tradition Mevlana lived and died in the city, like many other important personage of culture. The city receives many visitors especially for Whirling Dervishes assemblies.
The lack of an efficient cultural center is motivated the Municipality of Selcuk to establish a multi-use urban structure that houses all kinds of social activities including annual rituals of Sufi Semah. The concept of the building is a contemporary reinterpretation of a kulliyyah open to all citizens, a 365-day open meeting center for social, cultural and even personal purposes.
Open character of the building is punctuated with the vast opening designed as the entrance from the main road; starting with a small piazza before the entrance, the center aims to welcome diverse social groups at all times for various reasons. The complex receives pedestrians from many sides and becomes a passage. The cars allowed driving in thru back and rear entries in order to provide easy access to the building. 9500sqm car-park is located at the back side.
The functions of the building include a 2200-seat concert/congress hall, 800-seat theatre, 1000 person capacity ball-room, pocket cinemas, workshops, smaller meeting and VIP rooms, cafe and restaurant. The building will be in service for scheduled performances, exhibitions as well as continuous education atelier programs, or even for wedding parties.
Under a gigantic roof, separate boxes housing several functions and performance capacities unite through their lobbies that link to each other flexibly and interactively.
To avoid direct sunlight and to enliven the facade with reference to its Seljuk heritage, an external skin is created around the community centre. The stylized geometric motives of metal application are derived from original Anatolian Seljuk forms and nomad culture. Aesthetically pleasing and resistant to climatic influences; light diffusing through the embroidery of the mesh generate a playful light and shadow atmosphere at the interiors. Welcoming attitude of the building is enhanced with the large screen above the main entrance piazza that raises the interest of passerbys.
The center aims to promote and present diverse social and cultural productions with the integral participation of public. The zone around the Center shall transforms into a cultural-art-activity social spot by integrating with the environs. SCC will become a meeting point for all citizens, at all times, regardless of a specific performance or exhibition.
Site Area : 24.464 m2
Construction Area : 30.000 m2
SELCUKLU CONGRESS CENTER
2012 / konya