EMPROWERING WOMEN THROUGH COMMUNIAL PRODUCTION
Bayburt, a rural province of 60.000, located in the north-east of Turkey is known for its harsh weather. Pioneered by the BAKSI Foundation of Arts and Culture, on a plot that has been donated by a teacher, many generations of women will come together under one roof. A dynamic communal space is designed as a gathering point and a place where experiences and practices are shared. The building responds to the climatic and geographical conditions of the region and concretely puts them into a humble, functional and harmonious monolithic entity. The spaces in their simplicity and openness, provide a configurable ‘place’, customized by the users and the needs. The steep roof, a mandatory grammar due to the heavy snowfall is stylistically embedded and acts as an agent to divide the overall structure into smaller volumes in harmony with the built environment.