Benan Dönmez

Mersin University

Faculty of Architecture

P78 | STUDENT LIFE CENTER. Mersin university social and cultural center.

by Benan Dönmez 

The student life center in the Mersin University Ciftlikkoy Campus established a social and cultural interaction region, bringing life and vitality into the campus. It also appears to meet various needs, including housing, large-scale events, festivals, meetings and congresses in the city that will host the 17th Mediterrean Games. The most important factor in determining the scope of the project design has been the project area that helped shaping the spaces with many qualities and differences. Thus, the protection of the meaning of the place was the main principle. The ventilation corridors: The wind flow along the flat areas between the slope peaks steeper than was observed towards the slopes, so the necessity of the use of the wind corridors in these areas was considered. The valley floor: The air flow through the base of the valley floor was determined, but because of the deposition there was contaminated air at night. So, protection of green tissue instead of structurizing along the valley floor can help clean the areas.


Benan Dönmez  was born in Bandirma, Balikesir of Turkey, in 1988. She graduated from the Mersin University, Faculty of Architecture, Department of Architecture in 2011 with honors. She participated in both international and national architectural competitions and workshops and won many awards. She began her master’ s degree program in Building Science at Gazi University, Faculty of Architecture in Ankara in 2011 and still continues her academic works on the role of theories and interdisciplinary contacts in the process of architectural design. She was also invited as a member of the jury to the final project of the 4th grade in 2013. At the same time, she continues her architectural practice in her own office BOS Studio Architectural Design Office, founded in 2013.